Garden Fresh Chili

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Chili is a staple in the winter.  It’s warm, it’s comforting, and I can easily make a big pot of it and we can enjoy it for several days.  There are so many different versions of chili as well and I find that I’m always adding something new.

Some of my favorite chili recipes on the blog are Chili and Rice Casserole (which is one of my most popular recipes as well), Chipotle Beef Chili (which I won a recipe contest with), Chili con Tres Carne, and Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili.

Garden Fresh Chili is great for Game Day or in the winter!

When I started working on this chili I looked to see what kind of vegetables I had available.  My parents had just been down and my mom likes to share her CSA with me so I had fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, and garlic that would be great in chili.  In my own garden I had banana peppers and a few bell peppers as well. I gathers all those ingredients together as well as a package of ground beef and some chili beans and I was ready to go!

This Garden Fresh Chili tastes like it’s fresh from the garden which is awesome.  I usually use canned tomatoes because they are easy to use but there is definitely a big difference when using fresh tomatoes.  I needed to add more seasonings and spices but I think that just added to the overall flavor.

Fresh vegetables make the best Garden Fresh Chili

This chili is hearty and flavorful and perfect for enjoying on a Sunday afternoon during football games or Sunday evenings for a big family dinner.  It makes plenty so invite your friends over!   Want to enjoy it quietly in your own home?   You will have leftovers for several days to come.

We like to repurposed our chili whenever we have leftovers.  Some of our favorite ways to use it for another meal are to grill hot dogs and use the chili as a hot dog topping.  Another favorite is to use the chili on top of oven nachos in place of the ground beef.  The last way we use it is to stir it into macaroni and cheese for chili mac.  I love being able to cook once and eat twice (or in this case even three times!)

Garden Fresh Chili

Chili gets a make over with fresh vegetables from the garden and a delicious combination of seasonings.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 348kcal
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons Arizona Dreaming seasoning or other seasoning with ancho chili pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 2 banana peppers finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb. fresh tomatoes cored and chopped
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons tomato paste


  • In a large pot heat the ground beef, oil , chili powder, and Arizona Dreaming seasoning over medium heat, stirring to break up the beef, for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in the onion, bell peppers, banana peppers, and garlic cloves and cook for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add in the fresh tomatoes, chili beans, and beef broth. Mix well and increase heat to medium high until the chili comes to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and add in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, brown sugar, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Taste the chili and adjust the amount of salt, pepper, and chili powder as needed.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve hot.


A Hezzi-D Original recipe


Serving: 1g | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1690mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g

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