JP's Post-Workout Chili

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

  1.  Season ground beef with salt and pepper, and brown in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Transfer meat to stock pot or large saucepan, add diced onion and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent (about 2-3 minutes).
  3. Add 1-1/2 cans of the beans, all the dry spices/herbs, and mix thoroughly so that the spices coat everything.
  4. Add beer (OPTIONAL) and mix thoroughly, then add the crushed tomatoes, the garlic and the chopped spinach.
  5. Mash up the remaining 1/2 can of beans, then add it and the ground quinoa (OPTIONAL) to the chili as thickeners.
  6. 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.

Notes:

  • 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