Believe it or not, we have both decided to cut back on our carb intake, and that means no rice, breads, pasta, and yes – even fruit! We have heard from so many people that low-carb diets really work and so we are giving it a shot. So far we have been pretty good about eliminating a lot of carbs from our meals and I have personally seen the scale go down! One of the dishes I prepared recently was Spicy Chili that was an idea given to us from our friend who is also on a low-carb diet. I used what I had in the kitchen to prepare this easy chili recipe that turned into a really spicy chili recipe… so keep that in mind if you plan to make this! Also, we omitted beans from our pot of chili because frankly, we are not big fans of beans. If you like beans, then feel free to add that to the recipe. We really liked how this came out and will make it again when we are sick of all the other low-carb options. This will be a tough goal, but I think we can do it. Let us know if you guys have any advice and tips on low-carb diets – especially success stories!
The first thing I did was cook 1 lb. of ground beef in a skillet so that I can drain the fat. Yes, it's disgusting, so drain it!! Then set aside. (Optional: I seasoned the beef with salt and pepper).
I used 1 cup diced onions, 1 cup diced green bell peppers, 1/2 cup diced jalapeños, 1/2 cup diced celery, and 1 tbsp garlic. That's right - 1/2 cup of jalapeños, that is why it's so spicy! But it gives it a nice kick. If you can't handle the heat, then just reduce it to 1/4 cup.
Add the above ingredients in a pot and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You are sweating the veggies.
Now comes all of the flavor enhancers: 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Then add the ground beef into this pot and mix everything together for a couple of minutes.
Finally, add 8 oz. tomato sauce, 8 oz. beef broth, and 1 can (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes to let all the flavors incorporate. Taste to adjust seasonings.
Top your bowl of Spicy Chili with some grated cheese, minced red onion, and cilantro. Then dig in! We really liked the freshness of the toppings because it went really well with the hot and spicy chili. You can really taste the cumin and the other spices that gives it that hearty chili flavor! And don't worry - just because we are on a low-carb diet does not mean we won't be making carbolicious foods for the blog... we will still make it, but won't eat too much of it!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Spicy Chili Bowl