Hide some veggies and a lot of flavor in your chili by using Mirepoix. If you don't know what Mirepiox is, find info about it here. I like to throw it in the pot after the ground beef starts to brown.
Here's a 30 minute recipe if you don't mind the cans!
1 bag of Mirepoix (about 2 cups)
1 pound ground beef
1 garlic clove (crushed)
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 can of crushed tomatoes (16 ounces)
1 can of black beans (16 ounces)
Brown the ground beef in a big stockpot with garlic until almost done. Drain off any grease and place back into the pot. Add the Mirepoix and seasonings and continue to brown on medium heat. When brown, add tomatoes and black beans. Reduce to a simmer and leave on stove for at least 20 minutes.
What a perfect way to end a dreary winter day. Top with
a little sour cream or cheese... perfect!
For a variation, you could always skip the beans or the beef but keep the Mirepoix.
If you are doing the beans in the crockpot, throw your Mirepoix in with them - as well as 1/2 your spices.
Find more Mirepoix ideas here!