A Hungry Cowboy’s Chunky Chili

Ever crunched for time and that special someone asks, “What’s for supper?” Rather than letting yourself begin to boil, may I suggest taking this as-easy-as-it-gets chili to a gentle boil instead? Dump. Dump. Dump. Stir. Enjoy as-is, or pour over chips with cheese and sour cream for a take on the ever-classic chili pie.

Makes: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive or canola oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

2 cans chili beans, 15 oz

1 can black beans, 15 oz

1 can diced tomatoes, 15 oz

1-2 cups of meat (chopped brisket, shredded chicken, ground beef, etc.)

1 package chili seasoning, 1.25 ounces (or homemade chili seasoning)

1-2 cups of water

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven or stockpot, sauté the onion in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the beans, tomatoes, meat and seasoning to the onions.
  3. Simmer on low heat for an hour.
  4. Add water to thin chili to the desired consistency.

Notes

For a more balanced plate, serve with a fruit or veggie or glass of milk! You could even be a little sneaky and stash some veggies in the chili. So sneaky.

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Farmer Food

Most relate “farm food” or “country cooking” to a meat-and-potatoes dining experience. While my family loves both of these things, we also enjoy eating our fruits and vegetables!

As you’ve seen on this site, either here or here or here, building a balanced plate is my niche. I want to take this opportunity then, to share with you what a balanced plate is and why I think it is important.

What better place to start researching something than Google 😉 First thing that pops up? LOTS of different plates, each divided into food groups. To some, this may be confusing, but I love it. No two plates are exactly alike, and they don’t need to be. All plates do, however, have several food groups represented on the plate: fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and milk. There are essential vitamins and minerals in those food groups that our bodies need.

To build a more balanced plate allows for variety and flexibility. Eat your meat and potatoes, but go ahead and enjoy a fruit and vegetable with it!

My family loves food, all sorts of foods. A balanced plate approach to eating does not expect perfection, but rather, moderation with all foods. A balanced plate helps me feed my family better.

The gallery of plates shared on this site is to be used as examples of what a balanced plate could look like, including foods my family (and hopefully yours) love.