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Bean-Free Chili For Two

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"It's hard to recipe hunt when it's just the two of you - everything seems to be tailored for families of 4 or more (or with the intention of having massive leftovers). I've begun to learn the art of cooking for 2, and with a primal outlook... beans are a no-go. This chili is my take on my Polish grandmother's recipe - it's not too spicy but very savory. This recipe gave us 2 decent-sized bowls each. Enjoy and feel free to tweak to your liking!"
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2 h 20 m servings 321
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 bowls)


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  1. Combine beef, green pepper, and onion in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook and stir until beef is browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato paste, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne; mix well. Cover and cook until sauce begins to bubble gently, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Pour wine into the sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat until flavors combine, 2 to 3 hours. Stir every so often to prevent soup from sticking to the bottom of the pan.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute minced garlic for the garlic powder if preferred.
  • Let chili simmer as long as you like in step 3. You can easily add a can of your favorite chili beans if you eat them.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 321 calories; 14.2 22.4 23.4 69 1074 Full nutrition

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