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Surprise Chili


The other night my hubby asked for a healthier chili for dinner. I don’t really eat chili so I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing, but this is what I came up with, a Surprise Chili. It wasn’t as spicy as most would like it, but you can just go ahead and add as much heat as you like. I also think it came out a bit thinner than what I remember seeing online, but again, I know nothing about chili so who knows. I thought it had great flavor and the only things I will do differently next time are roast the peppers first, add a little bit more heat, and a little less broth.

Even if this chili is on the brothier side I actually really enjoyed the flavor. I thought it turned out quite nice and I can’t wait to try other versions.

Can you guess my random, surprise ingredient?

What Can You Substitute For Pinto Beans?

Great northern, lima or cannellini beans could be substituted for Pinto beans.

Can Chili Be Frozen?

You can freeze chili for an extended storage period.

Freeze chili in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.

Chili can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How Long Will Chili Keep?

When chili is properly stored, it will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator.

Chili should be kept in a container with a lid.

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Surprise Chili

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Surprise Chili

4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Surprise chili isn't as spicy as a lot of chili, but it has great flavor and that's a win!


Recipe by me

  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Bell pepper Red, chopped
  • 1 Bell pepper Green, chopped
  • 1 lb Ground Beef Lean
  • 1 Jalapeno chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Mexican Oregano
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes to taste, but I'm a whimp
  • 1 can Tomatoes Large, Crushed
  • 1 cup Corn heaping, frozen
  • 1 can Pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 3/4 Cup Water Hot
  • 1 Tub Beef Broth Knorr Homestyle


  • Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the meat and cook until just done.
  • Add the onion, draining off a little of the fat if there is a lot left in the pan.
  • Cook until the onion is tender and add the garlic, cooking until fragrant, about 1 min.
  • Add the peppers and jalapeno and cook until tender.
  • Stir in all of the spices and continue cooking until the spices begin to bloom, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the broth, corn, beans, hot water, and tomatoes and simmer for 1 hour on low heat.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese etc.


chili can be frozen for 4-6 months
Nutrition Facts
Surprise Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 622mg18%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2792IU56%
Vitamin C 85mg103%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • This looks great Carrian! Looking forward to meeting you on Tuesday!

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