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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Apple Chili

Here's a new Applemania! recipe that was a big hit at my house.  With chilly autumn evenings and apples everywhere, it's a great meal to make in the crock pot and simmer all afternoon.
Use organic beans, spices and produce plus free range meat.

Apple Chili
The apples give it a bit of a fresh, sweet taste without adding sugar.

1# ground beef
In a large cast iron skillet brown meat
Remove meat; in the same pan, saute the following;

1 med candy onion - chopped
1 green pepper - diced
2 med apples - chopped

Return meat to pan and add the following;
1 can black beans
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can dark kidney beans
1 can chili beans
Any combination of beans will work but these made a colorful stew.
2 cans crushed tomatoes or 2 quarts home canned

Simmer slowly on stove top or in crock pot for a of min. 2-3 hours.

Season with chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, sea salt and pepper to taste.

For a sweeter twist, add a few chocolate chips or a chocolate kiss to your bowl.  You can't really taste the chocolate but it gives it a good flavor.

I've posted this recipe on the REAL FOOD WEDNESDAY blog carnival.  Check out all the wonderful recipes and information available there.


  1. That sounds delish! We will have to try it. Wow... adding chocolate... that's probably the last thing I would've thought of adding. Now I want to try it! : )

  2. I've added both chocolate and pumpkin to my chili, but never apples. Will definitely give this a go! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hmmm...pumpkin? Never tried that in chili! I've been having a hankering for pumpkin...I'll have to try it!


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