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Lean Chili with Plantains

Lean Chili with Plantains

Ingredients for 5 (small) servings

* Optional Substitution Note

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup  onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb 95% lean beef (I used lean bison)
  • Seasonings
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons (Mexican) oregano
  • 2 cups low sodium beef stock
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste (NOT sauce)
  • 1 can (14.5oz /411g) no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 ripe plantain (~200g), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish
    • cilantro
    • jalapeño


Step 1

Set a pot on medium heat. Once hot, add the oil, garlic, onion and bell pepper. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until the onion is browned along the edges.

Step 2

Add the beef and chop it up finely as it cooks in the pot for 3 – 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the seasoning as the meat cooks.

Step 3

Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT plantain and stir everything together and bring to a light simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Add the plantain after 10 minutes and stir everything together. ONLY if needed, add tablespoons of beef stock (or water) to the chili if it’s too thick, but also monitor the heat and make sure it’s not too high. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 5

Season to taste with sea salt & pepper (and lime) and garnish with cilantro and jalapeño.

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Prep 5min
Cook 30min
Total 35min

Nutrition per serving

About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!