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    Secret Ingredient Beef & Veggie Chili

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    3 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    3 hrs

    JimmyG's Note:

    Although it looks complicated, using canned goods makes this a quick recipe, and it can simmer in a crockpot. The veggies add interesting texture. But the fun part is tasting the chili as it cooks to figure out which of the secret ingredients it never turns out the same way twice!

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    Secret ingredients


    1. 1
      Brown ground beef in medium-hot skillet, adding some of the seasonings.
    2. 2
      While beef browns, sautee vegetables in separate pot on medium heat, adding 2 tsp of the beef drippings (or vegetable oil if desired).
    3. 3
      When beef is fully cooked, drain if desired.
    4. 4
      Stir crumbled cooked beef and remaining ingredients into the vegetables, reserving optional ingredients.
    5. 5
      Cook uncovered on low heat for a few hours (or in a crockpot with the lid"ajar"), stirring occasionally, until liquid reduces to desired consistency.
    6. 6
      Adjust taste frequently using secret ingredients.
    7. 7
      Enjoy with standard chili fare: cornbread, crusty bread, garlic bread, toast, baked potato, rice, etc.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 28, 2009


      yummy! I pre cook the meat w/ onions and fresh garlic and some of the chili powder but I cut out the step of pre cooking the veg, and throw it all in the crock pot mid morning and its delicious in time for dinner! I totally stir it 100 times a day to get the whole house smelling good and add the secret ingredients as needed.

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    • on January 01, 2003


      Absolutely delicious! Simmering the chili in the crockpot and adding red wine enhanced the flavor. Easy to make as well. Thumbs up!

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    Nutritional Facts for Secret Ingredient Beef & Veggie Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (266 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 367.7
    Calories from Fat 166
    Total Fat 18.4 g
    Saturated Fat 6.8 g
    Cholesterol 77.1 mg
    Sodium 654.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.9 g
    Sugars 10.2 g
    Protein 26.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    chili beans

    black beans

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