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Eating Well: (You gotta try it!!!) 3 Bean Chili

With all the recent weather here (10 inches yesterday) and the weather I have heard headed across the country I just had to share this really healthy, really delicious and  easy recipe we had last night. Mmmm, it’s so good! You have to try!!!!I think it would make a really good hearty meal for the Super Bowl if you planning on watching that. With all the unhealthy chips and soft drinks out there this might make a good hearty alternative if served with some homemade crackers/bread.
The recipe comes from Ellie Krieger, a nutritionist on Food Network with a show called Healthy Eating (in case you don’t know). I just love the variety of beans incorporated into the recipe and if you wanted to make it meatless I think that would totally work. I have made this recipe about a dozen times since I found the recipe a few months ago. Seriously-it’s that good!!! And not very spicy at all -a good bet if you have kids. If your kids aren’t into any sort of heat just leave out the adobo chili and if you want to amp up the heat factor try adding some jalapenos. You could also try the infamous red or green chile New Mexico is known for to increase the heat if you’re feeling brave.

**It freezes extremely well. Just add a cup or two of water when thawing-tastes just as good and helps your dollar go that much further!

Here’s the recipe as seen on the Food Network below:

The Goods:

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 onion, diced (1 cup)
* 1 red bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
* 2 carrots, diced (1/2 cup)
* 2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (90 percent lean)
* 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
* 2 cups water
* 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
* 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

The Grind:

Heat the oil in large pot  over moderate heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and carrots, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the cumin and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the ground beef; raise the heat to high and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until the meat is no longer pink. Stir in the tomatoes, water, chipotle and adobo sauce, oregano and salt and pepper. Cook, partially covered, stirring from time to time, for 30 minutes. Stir in the beans and continue cooking, partially covered, 20 minutes longer. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Happy eating! And stay warm out there!