Zesty Beef Chili

Total Time
40 min
20 min
20 min
This chili is sure to keep you warm.


olive oil

1 tsp

uncooked onion(s)

1 large, chopped

garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), chopped

canned green chili peppers

4½ oz, diced, drained

Cajun seasoning

2 Tbsp

uncooked lean ground beef

1 pound(s), (5% or less fat)

canned tomatoes

28 oz, Italian peeled variety, chopped

fat free salsa

1 cup(s)


½ cup(s)

chili powder

¼ cup(s)

canned kidney beans

30 oz, 2 (15-ounce) drained and rinsed


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 6 – 8 minutes. Add the garlic, chiles, and Cajun seasoning; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes with their liquid, the salsa, water, and chili powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the flavors are blended and the chili thickens slightly, about 1 hour. Stir in the beans and cook until heated through. Yields one cup of chili per serving.

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