JP's Post-Workout Chili
This is one of my staple post-workout meals. I make a double-batch at the beginning of the week, and I am all set!
- 1.5 pounds extra-lean ground beef or braised & shredded round roast
- 2 cans (2x 398 ml) organic beans (rinsed)
- 1 can (796 ml) organic crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 medium yellow onion (diced)
- 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 4 cups baby spinach (finely chopped)
- 1/2 to 1-1/2 TBSP ground cumin
- 1/2 to 1-1/2 TBSP chili powder
- 1/2 to 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 to 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 to 1-1/2 TBSP dried oregano
- OPTIONAL: 1/2 bottle light beer
- OPTIONAL: 2 TBSP quinoa (ground)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Season ground beef with salt and pepper, and brown in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Transfer meat to stock pot or large saucepan, add diced onion and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add 1-1/2 cans of the beans, all the dry spices/herbs, and mix thoroughly so that the spices coat everything.
- Add beer (OPTIONAL) and mix thoroughly, then add the crushed tomatoes, the garlic and the chopped spinach.
- Mash up the remaining 1/2 can of beans, then add it and the ground quinoa (OPTIONAL) to the chili as thickeners.
- Bring the whole mixture to a boil, then turn down to a simmer (uncovered) for at least 30 minutes. I usually let it simmer for a couple of hours to reduce the liquid down a bit more.
- I usually grind the quinoa myself, either with a mortar and pestle or in a mini-food processor. Quinoa flour often has other stuff mixed in, so I avoid that. Can be substituted with fine ground cornmeal, but the quinoa is a better option! Neither is really necessary unless you like a very thick chili.
- To save time and effort, I usually chop the spinach and garlic together in the food processor using some of the tomato liquid to keep it moving in there.
- Play around with the amount of the dry spices - I like mine with more spices, but if you're not used to it, start with less.
- Feel free to add some of your favourite hot sauce - this recipe is fairly mild.
Total Time: 45 minutes+ depending on simmer time
Total Recipe: 1955 calories, 19% fat, 34% carbs, 47% protein
Makes 3 large servings, or 6 small servings