Grass-Fed Beef, Black Bean Chili – Recipe

This is the chili recipe that I made for my family last night. It received RAVE reviews…in fact, my husband said it was my best chili recipe yet!

I served it with grated raw white cheddar cheese, avocado, roasted jalapeno’s (roasted them whole until blackened on the grill and then sliced) and some organic classic round crackers.


  • 2 lbs grass-fed beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 – 15 oz cans organic black beans, with liquid
  • 2 – 15 oz cans organic tomato sauce
  • 1 – 28 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced green chilis
  • diced jalapeno’s to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 – 12oz beer (I used Yuengling, light lager – you could just substitute water but I like the flavor the beer imparts)

Brown the ground beef; drain off the fat. Saute the onions and celery in the pan drippings just to begin to soften. In a large pot, combine meat and all the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Stir every 15 minutes for 2-3 hours. Enjoy!

Great nutrition and warmth for a chilly winter evening!






Chili day…

Today started with an awesome day at church, hugs from friends (a favorite perk), wonderful music and the Christmas message was unlike any I’ve heard before. It really touched my soul…has made me think all day…bottom line…all was NOT peaceful, silent and right with the world when Jesus was born. Yet he brought hope to this world. I need to listen to the podcast to absorb more of that message – I’ll see if I can post a link here when it’s available.

The Last Minute Toy Store began today; Rich and I have volunteered for several years. I won’t be able to spend time working there this year; however, I’m cooking chili today to send to help feed the volunteers on Tuesday. I’ve loved putting the chili together and stirring it with love every 15 minutes for 3 hours now. I hope it’s very yummy and warms and nourishes some hardworking volunteers who are serving so that thousands of Nashville children will have Christmas gifts. It’s an incredible experience to serve at this annual event. I encourage you to learn more about this wonderful ministry!

While my Last Minute Toy Store pot of chili (required recipe) simmers on the stove, I’m making another pot of chili for my family. Since we been focusing on eating more organic foods, I’m making my “traditional” black bean, beef chili with a few modifications. I’ll post the recipe separately if you’re interested.

I hope you’re enjoying this week leading up to Christmas. Take some time for yourself. Reflect on the year past. Reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy time with your family. Love and be loved.