I'm very particular about chili. I live in the south so most chilis here are spicy and I don't like spicy. My husband is a HUGE chili fan and I wanted to find a healthy recipe for chili because we are both trying to eat heathier. This recipe was FANTASTIC!! It wasn't HOT and it wasn't "blah". I made one small change by adding an extra can of beans. (I used one can pinto and one can kidney.) Before I served it, I lightly spinkled some shreaded cheese on top. I'm still new to cooking so whenever I make something I'll put some off to the side to bring to my mother. She raved about it, even bringing some over to my grandparents, who also loved it. My husband said it was the best chili he'd ever eaten and I completely agree.
Beef & Bean Chile Verde
From EatingWell: January/February 2008
Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa. Make it a Meal: Serve with fresh cilantro, red onion and Monterey Jack. Add your favorite hot sauce.
91 Reviews for Beef & Bean Chile Verde
This was really great.
But I added scallions, crushed red pepper, a little but of garlic powder/salt, cilantro, tomatoes, and a small can of regular salsa. Turned out great.
This was a very easy weeknight meal, just as tasty as a chili simmered for hours. I used 2 lb ground beef and 2 cans beans and kept other ingredients in the stated quantities. Luckily I tasted the salsa verde before adding it as it was very hot. Ended up using half the jar and half a jar of mild red salsa. Added a bit of additional water to achieve the consistency I was looking for. With grated cheddar, chopped green onions, light sour cream, and a side dish of raw veg, dinner was on the table in a jiffy.
It was fantastic!! While cooking the beef, onions, and bell pepper, I added about 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce to make it more flavorful. Smelled and tasted great. I also added a small can (4 tbsp) of tomato paste, and about 2 tbsp of chile-garlic sauce to the recipe. Everyone loved it.
First, I really enjoyed this recipe and served it with a 1/2 cup of quinoa (with a squeeze of lime), like the EatingWell diet menu suggested. It was quick and easy to make and I loved the flavor.
However, I used a separate recipe calculator to determine the nutrition facts based on 90%-lean ground beef and found that the bottled salsa verde I used drastically increased the sodium content of the meal (~500mg increased to ~1600mg). When I make this in the future, I'll use a homemade recipe for salsa verde to cut back on the sodium content.