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June's Chili Con Grass-Fed Carne

Original recipe by C. Lair 2009.

This is an adaption of my mom's recipe coupled with instructions from The Joy of Cooking.  When it starts to get chilly outside, of bowl of warm chili is so welcome. Choose grass-fed beef from your
local rancher.

1 tablespoon butter
or olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon or more sea salt
˝ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 dried chipotle chili
1 teaspoon sugar
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 15-ounce can
kidney beans
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce

Melt the butter in a large heavy pot.  Sauté the onion and garlic in the fat until onion is translucent.  Add the meat, break into chunks and sauté until the meat is browned.

Add salt, spices and sugar and stir.  Then add tomatoes, beans and tomato sauce.  Cover and simmer about 1 hour or longer.  The longer it cooks, the thicker it becomes.

Garnish with shredded cheese or chopped onion if desired.

Preparation time: 1.5 hours
Makes 8 servings


Jennifer Okemah
Cynthia, How can I get nutrition information on your recipes? I would like to incorporate them into my meal planning sessions with people with diabetes. Thanks, Jennifer Okemah MS, RD, BC-ADM,CDE
October 10, 2009, 1:15 pm

Daryl Coomer
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October 13, 2009, 7:33 pm

Andrea J
We checked the book Feeding the Whole Athlete out of the local library. We made a number of recipes from the book including the one for oatmeal cookies. We are hoping we win a copy of the Feeding the Whole Athlete, but, in the meantime, are hoping that Cynthia will post her recipe for oatmeal cookies on the recipe file of Cookus Interruptus- the cookies were great!
October 14, 2009, 9:11 am

Wendy Polidori
Awesome! So tasty and SO easy! My family loves it. We had pork the first time around so we just used that. Tonight we are trying it with the beef! Thanks!!!
October 22, 2009, 5:06 pm

LOL!!! I wanna see the irish girl shirt!
February 16, 2010, 2:05 pm

Chrissy B
If I wanted to put this in my slow cooker and I also wanted to use dried beans would I just add the soaked beans to the chili and let it cook for 6+ hours or would it be better to cook them separate and add them later?
May 2, 2011, 9:33 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Chrissy, You will want to cook the beans FIRST, separately. Then cook the chili. You can cook the beans in the slow cooker if you wish though they will take a long time to get tender.
May 3, 2011, 2:02 pm

Emma Jones
I've made this a couple of times and it is always delicious! A hearty but not overly heavy chilli with just the right amount of warmth for me. I added some chilli flakes instead of a chilli and that worked very well.
May 28, 2011, 7:22 am

Renee P.
Highest compliments I've received for a long time when I made this meal! VERY yummy chili! I loved the addition of the cinnamon, it added a nice warm spice to all the flavors. I'm making this again next week!
June 2, 2011, 7:48 pm

shannon M
A great nutritious addition to this chili would be diced butternut squash. Buttery, slightly would pair perfectly with the cinnamon and the chipotle.
September 19, 2012, 4:27 pm

Anna Barresi
The other day while making this chili (which we love), I realized that I was out of diced tomatoes. Instead, I used a jar of salsa (the 365 brand from whole foods). It still came out delicious!
October 31, 2012, 11:31 am

Bo Lee
What a perfect demo! I love the humor and enthusiasm!
November 1, 2012, 2:42 pm

Marijane Mercer
My turn….my mother's and grandmother's BEST recipe ever is like the Italian equivalent of your mom's chili but it was homemade raviolis. Strong anchored feelings, tastes and memories of helping as a little girl move the pasta from the machine to the drying rack before cutting to be filled. So nurturing!
June 19, 2015, 11:08 am

Jacq leskovec
my mom used to make the most fabulous pork roast with potatoes and carrots in a blue enameled covered roaster. As a current dat vegan today, the pork roast is out of my realm, but the tasty potatoes and carrots are a loving memory.
June 21, 2015, 7:43 pm

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