Best Chili Ever!

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 244.4
  • Total Fat: 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 21.7 mg
  • Sodium: 808.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.9 g
  • Protein: 17.6 g

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Really is the best chili ever- lime and cilantro are the secret ingredients. Really is the best chili ever- lime and cilantro are the secret ingredients.
Number of Servings: 12


    1 lb 93% lean ground beef

    3 large green peppers chopped (I like it chopped in big pieces- I love green peppers!)

    2 jalapeños (or more if you like it spicy)

    1 medium onion, chopped

    1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced

    Canned diced tomatoes (I use two smaller cans of Dei Fratelli (or something like that) Mexican style diced tomatoes and two of the big cans of the regular diced tomatoes, same brand)

    4 cans black beans

    a lot of cilantro

    3 limes

    some olive oil

    some cayenne pepper and some chili powder


First, put the olive oil in a large pot, heat it, and then brown the onions and garlic in it (to cook the onions and flavor the oil). Next throw some cayenne pepper and chili powder in to flavor the onions and oil. Then brown the meat in the onion/oil/spicy mix until fully cooked. Then put in the green peppers and jalapeños to soften them a bit (but not too much!) Then throw in the cans of tomatoes and beans (make sure you add the juicy stuff from both the tomatoes AND the beans… that’s where the juice comes from!) and stir it all up. Then put in the cilantro (my philosophy, the more the better!) and stir it up. Then squeeze all the lime juice you can into the pot… chunks of lime falling in are a good thing! Then stir it up again, and lower the heat and let it simmer a while, then serve when you’re ready! It makes enough for an army, or you can keep it for a while and you have meals for a week!

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LITEHOPE.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Very good, but use healthier low sodium canned products instead. - 11/9/10

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    I love this recipe. The longer it sits, however, the spicier it gets. It is great! - 5/20/10

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    This was very good. Not too spicy, but enough kick to keep it interesting. - 12/29/07

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    Very Good
    swap out beef with turkey for lower fat and less salty taste - 12/28/07

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    This chili was very easy to make and very, very good! - 12/23/07