Skillet Chili with Kale, Spinach, and Onion (Serves 1-2)
Real chili must simmer for several hours, but you can make a quick version in 20 to 25 minutes that I call skillet chili. Skillet chili is ground beef and onions browned in a skillet with the same spices you would use for real chili. You can turn skillet chili into a meal by using the hot chili to wilt kale and spinach.
Prep and Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
1 pound of ground beef
1 big bunch of fresh kale
1 big bunch of fresh spinach
1 sweet yellow onion
Unsweetened cocoa – 2 tablespoons
Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Ground cumin – 1 teaspoon
Ground coriander – 1 teaspoon
Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Directions: Rinse kale and cut into bite-size pieces with a pair of kitchen shears. If you have good, fresh kale like I get from my local farmer, include the stems because they cook down and soften nicely under heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Peel and chop onion into half-moon slices. Add to skillet and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Add ground beef and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula as the meat browns. Add spices and stir to mix. Add a generous splash of balsamic vinegar to add quick depth to the chili. After the meat is completely browned, add as much kale and spinach to the skillet as you can and stir until it wilts. Keep adding kale and spinach until all of it wilts in with the chili. Taste the mixture and add spices as needed to achieve the taste you like. I often need to add more salt and sometimes need to add more chili powder. Once you achieve the taste you like, transfer everything to plates and enjoy!
Notes: My cast iron skillet is a 12-inch Lodge Logic with matching iron cover. A cast iron skillet might be the greatest cooking tool ever. The 12-inch size is seriously heavy when loaded with food and big enough to cook for a family, but I don’t think I could get enough vegetables in a 10-inch skillet to satisfy me. Lodge is a great brand of cookware. Check it out in my online Store.
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