Easy Chili

by Nancy Newcomer

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  • 1 lb ground beef OR turkey
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 c chopped onion
  • 2 c diced zucchini and/or yellow squash
  • 1/2 c diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 c diced red bell pepper
  • 2 TB chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 TB chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 29 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 16 oz can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 16 oz can black beans OR white kidney beans
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Fry ground beef or turkey in a frying pan until browned.
  2. Drain fat and throw in large pot.
  3. Sautee onion, zucchini & bell pepper in same pan for about 3 -5 min-throw in pot.
  4. Add all other ingredient into pot-spices, jalapeno, tomatoes,,beans etc.
  5. Mix together–turn pot up to med high, bring to a rolling boil, then turn heat to low and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Ready to serve.

Tastes even better the next day after all the spices have blended. This is a great recipe to make ahead of time.

OPTIONAL: add 4 TB of gluten free masa flour to thicken up.
VEGANS: Omit the meat and add 1 more cup zucchini & 1 more cup beans

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Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids September 18, 2011 at 12:11 PM

This look healthy, delicious, and great for Fall…whenever we finally receive some Fall-like weather, that is. :) I cannot wait to try it!


Nancy Newcomer September 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

It’s a simple recipe that is both light and hearty–a great way to use up summer/fall zucchini!


Jessica October 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

How do you recommend re-heating it? I’m planning on making some for a church activity (so I’d probably double it). And if anyone asks, I will tell them about your website!


Nancy Newcomer October 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

This will be perfect for your event–you may reheat in the microwave or on the stove at low heat-be careful not to burn the bottom. If you have a crock pot, you can stick in there if you have an outlet in the church kitchen. I love this recipe and it tastes even better the next day after all the spices have dispersed. Enjoy and thanks for sharing my website.
PS Did you sign up for my newsletter~”Nancy’s Dish” comes out in November :)


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