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15 Irresistible Chili Recipes To Spice Up Your Life

15 Irresistible Chili Recipes To Spice Up Your Life

If you love cooking and spicy foods, then you came to the right place. Who doesn’t love a nice bowl of chili not only on cold winter days but all year round? What makes chili so awesome is that it is quite versatile and you can prepare it in many different ways. This article lists 15 recipes with chili that you’ll love to make.

1. Smoky black bean chili

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    If you’re too exhausted to cook but still want to eat something spicy and super delicious this is the ideal recipe for you. Smoky black bean chili requires ingredients you already have in your kitchen such as tomatoes, beans, onion, garlic, peppers etc. Besides its wonderful taste, the best thing about this recipe is that you’re done in 30 minutes. It’s perfect way to sit back and relax after work with a nice, quickly fixed, bowl of chili in your hands.

    2. Slow cooker sweet potato chili

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      Are you a fan of hearty comfort foods? If so, you’ll love this recipe. Sweet potato gives the healthy kick to this meal. Did you know sweet potatoes are considered superfood? Due to a variety of ingredients such as paprika, tomatoes, beef sirloin, beans, sweet potatoes, herbs and spices etc. it’s definitely worth it to dust off your slow cooker and enjoy wonderful tastes.

      3. Three bean chili

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      Three bean chili
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        This is an easy but delicious recipe spiced up with jalapeno and cayenne peppers. A little bit of brown sugar perfectly tones down acidity of the tomatoes. The recipe features kidney beans, chickpeas, and back beans but you have the freedom to opt for different kinds of beans according to your liking. The best thing about this recipe is the toppings. Basically, besides sour cream, green onion, and cheese you can add toppings of your choice or things you already have in your kitchen. This easy meal is done in 40 minutes.

        4. Turkey mac ’n’ cheese chili

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          This recipe is a pure comfort in a bowl; it’s delicious and rich in proteins and fiber that fill you up for hours. In turn, you won’t crave unhealthy snacks and you already know how important high fiber diet is for your digestion. If you’re interested into making some unusual chili recipe, this one is right for you.

          5. 5-ingredient white chicken chili

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            Most recipes with chili contain a lot of ingredients, even the easiest ones to make. This recipe is different. To make a yummy bowl of chili you need chicken broth, shredded chicken, salsa verde, beans, and ground cumin. Your meal is prepared in 15 minutes. It’s yet another chili recipe you can make when you want to eat something delicious but have no time or desire to spend too much time in the kitchen.

            6. Vegetarian beer chili

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            Vegetarian beer chili
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              Vegetarian beer chili is flavorful and it will definitely spice up your life. Greek yogurt’s creamy texture balances the spiciness and adds to a vast palette of flavors you can find in the bowl of this chili. If you’re not a vegetarian, you can freely add meat to this recipe if you like.

              7. Smoked sausage chili

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                If you’re looking for a chili recipe that isn’t too spicy so your kids can eat it as well, this one will do. To make this deliciously simple recipe all you need is sausage, onion, bell pepper, beans, tomatoes, and chili powder of course. This recipe is perfect for the moments when you don’t have enough time to cook as it’s done in 30 minutes.

                8. Crock pot chicken chili

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                  Who doesn’t love chicken? It’s versatile enough to add it to different meals and it’s easy to prepare. Now, add to that carrots, celery, paprika, and tomatoes along with herbs and spices and you’re going to enjoy eating this delicious chili. You can also store it in the fridge for up to 3 days and have dinner ready for tomorrow.

                  9. Farro and quinoa sriracha chili

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                  Farro and quinoa sriracha chili
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                    This is a vegetarian chili packed with high protein and fiber that even carnivores will love to eat. Mix tomatoes, beans, farro, quinoa, beer, and sugar in a pot and simmer for an hour. Once you’re done, sprinkle with scallions, sour cream or cheddar cheese.

                    10. No bean Hawaiian chili

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                      Are you on Paleo diet? Here’s the chili recipe you can make. To make this chili you need ground pork (or some other meat), coconut oil, pineapple, peppers, and a couple of other ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.

                      11. Lamb, butternut squash and white bean chili

                      Lamb butternut squash and white bean chili
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                        This fantastic chili is your go-to meal to lift your spirit up. It’s a perfect blend of flavors that balance each others out. For example, it’s slightly sweet, rich, saucy, with a hit on lip-tingling spice. Basically, this is a sort of chili that will make people who aren’t into spicy foods ask for more.

                        12. Smoky lentil and black bean chili

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                        Smoky lentil and black bean chili
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                          Here’s a chili recipe that is perfect for vegans, but we promise vegetarians and carnivores will love it as well. It’s hearty, delicious, and sweet with a hint of lime. The chili represents a perfect combination of different flavors packed into one bowl.

                          13. Barbecue chili

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                            This is one of the easiest recipes with chili you can make. Brown the ground beef, combine all ingredients in a pot, and let simmer.

                            14. Spiced chili with ground beef and red peppers

                            Spiced chili with ground beef and red peppers
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                              There are many reasons to make this chili. First, it doesn’t require too much work, it can be made in one pot on the stove meaning there won’t be pile of dishes you have to wash later and it’s versatile i.e. you can serve it with sour cream, green onions, as garnish over baked potatoes etc.

                              15. Jalapeno and black bean chili

                              Jalapeno and black bean chili
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                                This chili is spicy, has a variety of flavors and it’s very beefy. To make this chili you’ll need bacon, ribs, jalapenos, dark chocolate, and veggies, herbs, and spices. We can safely say this is a perfect chili for meat lovers.

                                Everyone loves chili and for a good reason, it’s filling, delicious, and easy to make. This article showed fifteen different chili recipes where vegans, vegetarians, carnivores will find something they like. Enjoy!

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                                8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

                                “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

                                While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

                                Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

                                1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

                                The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

                                Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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                                The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

                                2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

                                According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

                                Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

                                Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

                                3. You could suffer from excess weight

                                When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

                                Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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                                If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

                                Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

                                4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

                                Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

                                The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

                                5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

                                I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

                                Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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                                A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

                                6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

                                Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

                                When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

                                Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

                                At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

                                7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

                                Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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                                Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

                                8. You could end up eating more processed food

                                Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

                                Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

                                That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

                                The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

                                On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

                                 

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