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    Chili Con Carne

    Today we travel to distant lands. We’ll get to America and will try a famous traditional dish, chili con carne. Although we all have it in our minds as a classic Mexican recipe, chili con carne has been designated as the official dish of the state of Texas, since 1977.

    It is one of my favorite ethnic recipes. It is a simple and easy dish. Moreover, it is very healthy, providing us with a large amount of fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, calcium, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, lycopene, vitamins and other minerals. Served with rice and sour cream (or yogurt), on tortillas, with cornbread, with spaghetti, as a dip, it is generally a versatile dish. It contains ground beef, beans (usually red and sometimes white), spices, tomatoes and, of course, chili peppers. Traditionally the dish is spicy. You, of course, you can make it as spicy as you like. In the recipe I give you it is as hot as most people can withstand. Combined with rice, it gets milder.

    Chili Con Carne – Τσίλι κον κάρνε

    I also served it on small kale pitas, as a treat to a sudden visit from friends and it was amazing! Of course, in the pictures you don’t see yogurt, because when I set up nicely the food to photograph it, I realized I had no more yogurt …. So imagine a bowl of yogurt somewhere in the photos … 🙂

    It is important to let the food simmer for at least 1 hour, for a thick and juicy dish.

    Chili Con Carne – Τσίλι κον κάρνε

    Chili Con Carne
    Serves 8
    A classic healthy dish from Tex-Mex cuisine
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    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 min
    Total Time
    1 hr 30 min
    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 min
    Total Time
    1 hr 30 min
    274 calories
    24 g
    39 g
    14 g
    16 g
    4 g
    341 g
    216 g
    8 g
    1 g
    8 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    341g
    Servings
    8
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 274
    Calories from Fat 121
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 14g
    21%
    Saturated Fat 4g
    19%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 7g
    Cholesterol 39mg
    13%
    Sodium 216mg
    9%
    Total Carbohydrates 24g
    8%
    Dietary Fiber 6g
    24%
    Sugars 8g
    Protein 16g
    Vitamin A
    89%
    Vitamin C
    234%
    Calcium
    8%
    Iron
    17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. • 500 g. (1.1 pound) ground leaned beef
    2. • 800 g. (28 oz.) diced tomatoes with juice
    3. • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    4. • 2 large onions, chopped
    5. • 5 medium cloves garlic, crushed
    6. • 2 medium carrots, chopped
    7. • 2 stalks celery, chopped
    8. • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
    9. • 3-4 small chili peppers, chopped
    10. • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    11. • 1 can (400 g. / 14 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed and strained
    12. • ½ can (200 g. / 7 oz.), corn (optional)
    13. • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    14. • 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
    15. • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
    16. • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    17. • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    18. • salt & pepper, to taste
    19. • ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley or coriander
    Instructions
    1. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, heat the oil and sauté the onion until soft.
    2. Add garlic, carrots, celery, bell peppers and cook until soften, for about 5 minutes.
    3. Turn up the heat to medium-high and add the ground beef. Sauté until the meat is well-browned on all sides, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
    4. Add cumin, paprika and cinnamon and stir.
    5. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, beans, corn and chili peppers and seasoning. Stir.
    6. Cover the pan, lower the heat and let simmer for about 1 hour, until the beef is tender and the sauce is thick and juicy, stirring now and then. You may need to add a bit of warm water if it appears dry.
    7. 5 minutes before you remove the pan from heat, add parsley.
    8. Serve with rice (I chose brown rice) and strained yogurt or sour cream.
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    calories
    274
    fat
    14g
    protein
    16g
    carbs
    24g
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