Make this one pot dinner Sunday night and eat for several days during the week!
- 5 zucchini (they should be small and have a smooth skin) (chopped into bite size pieces)
- 8oz crimini mushrooms (quartered)
- 2 red bell peppers (chopped into bite size pieces)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion (diced)
- 2 lbs grass fed ground beef
- 6 cloves garlic (minced)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 2 Tablespoons ancho chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika powder
- 2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more if you prefer more kick!)
- 1/4 Cup tomato paste
- 1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Cup water
- 1 - 8 oz can of diced tomatoes
- shredded cheddar cheese
- sour cream
- green onions
- corn chips
- Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil, place the chopped veggies on the pan and toss the veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper
- Place the sheet of veggies in the hot oven for 30 minutes (set a timer for 15minutes and turn the pan before cooking an additional 15minutes - this will ensure even roasting)
- You can prepare the rest of the chili while the vegetables are roasting
- Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or a big pot over medium-high heat until the oil is hot (the oil in the bottom of the pot will start to ripple)
- Add the diced onions and cook until the onion is translucent and starting to brown
- Add the ground beef to the onions and break the beef into small pieces using a wooden spoon
- Cook the beef until it is browned all the way through
- Add the garlic to the beef and cook until you can smell the garlic aroma (about 3-4minutes)
- Add a pinch of salt and pepper to season the beef - you can add more after you taste the completed recipe later
- Now add to the beef, the chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne
- Stir the mixture so the spices start to release some oil and become fragrant (about 3minutes)
- Add the tomato paste and the Worcestershire sauce and cook for about 3minutes to cook out any raw flavor from the tomato paste
- Stir 1-2 Cups of water and allow the water to come to a boil (add less water if you have less time to let the chili simmer)
- Once the chili comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and let the chili simmer for at least 15minutes - you want some of the water to evaporate but the chili shouldn't become too dry
- Remove the roasted veggies from the oven and add them to the pot of chili
- Add the diced tomatoes to the chili and increase the heat to medium high to let everything come to a boil
- If there is a lot of liquid in the chili pot you can reduce the heat to medium low again and let it simmer - the more you let the chili simmer, the tastier it will be!
- Serve the chili with your favorite toppings
- Let the chili come to room temperature in the pot
- Transfer the chili into a large container with a lid
- Close the lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
- Chili makes for awesome left overs and tastes better the next day!
- Feel free to substitute your favorite veggies for the ones I've roasted. Most hearty vegetables (squashes, corn, asparagus, etc.) stand up to roasting and can offer flavor variety so this can become a go to make-ahead recipe!
I live and work full time in Silicon Valley, where the pace of life is anything but slow. Donning an apron and cooking after a full day at work often feels like a daunting task so I’ve learned to turn to make-ahead meals as often as possible.
This chili has become one of our favorite meals because I can make a large batch with only one pot (hello, less dirty dishes!) and it tastes even better after the flavors have been marinating in the refrigerator for a day or two!
Roasting the veggies in the oven instead of cooking them with the chili cuts down on the time it takes to simmer the dish. Most of the liquid is released in the hot oven and roasting helps bring out deeper flavors in the vegetables.
This recipe is simple and nutritious (full of clean protein and vegetables!) and you can heat up a bowl after after a long day at work!
I hope you enjoy this chili as much as my husband and I do 🙂 Feel free to tell me what you think in the comments below!