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

Surprise Chili

4 from 1 vote
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


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 Pound Ground Beef, Lean
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Red, chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Green, chopped
  • 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 Tub Beef Broth, Knorr Homestyle
  • 1 Cup Corn, heaping, frozen
  • 1 Can Pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 3/4 Cup Water, Hot
  • 1 Can Tomatoes, Large, Crushed


  • Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the meat and cook until just done.
    1 Pound Ground Beef
  • Add the onion, draining off a little of the fat if there is a lot left in the pan.
    1 Onion
  • Cook until the onion is tender and add the garlic, cooking until fragrant, about 1 min.
    2 Cloves Garlic
  • Add the peppers and jalapeno and cook until tender.
    1 Bell Pepper, 1 Bell Pepper, 1 Jalapeno
  • Stir in all of the spices and continue cooking until the spices begin to bloom, about 1-2 minutes.
    1 Tablespoon Chili Powder, 1 Tablespoon Cumin, 1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano, 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, Salt and Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Add the broth, corn, beans, hot water, and tomatoes and simmer for 1 hour on low heat.
    1 Cup Corn, 1 Can Pinto beans, 1 3/4 Cup Water, 1 Tub Beef Broth, 1 Can Tomatoes
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese etc.


chili can be frozen for 4-6 months


Serving: 1gCalories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 22gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 126mgPotassium: 622mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2792IUVitamin C: 85mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 4mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 + BEST Easy Beef Recipes for Dinner

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