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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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                                Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                1. Gratitude

                                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                    6. Rise Earlier

                                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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