Who doesn't love chili?! Well, my hubby and I love chili throughout the year! Whether it's hot or cold outside there's just something about a good bowl of chili that sounds good all the time. Unfortunately I do have a tough time ordering chili at restaurants because it's typically too greasy, too spicy, filled with flour and fillers like corn or cornstarch to thicken, and I don't like how I feel after I eat it. With the exception of ordering Walt Disney's favorite chili at the Walt Disney family museum in San Francisco, I do not order chili when we are out. (See photo of Walt Disney's chili recipe at the bottom).
I decided that I wanted to make my own chili at home where I could control the ingredients, the spice level and make sure it wasn’t greasy. I also wanted to add some zucchini to it. The first time that we made this chili I cut zucchini into bite-size pieces and, even though my husband normally likes zucchini, he really didn't like the texture of it in the chili when it was bite-size. The next best thing was to simply shred zucchini on a cheese grater. You can't necessarily taste zucchini in it, however it adds some extra greens as well as some gorgeous color.
I don't always love using canned foods, but when it comes to beans and tomato sauce or diced tomatoes for this chili, it really is a wonderful time saver! If you aren’t a wimp when it comes to spicy foods then obviously you can control your own spice level for this recipe. But, this is our recipe for chili.
It's also wonderful with cashew cream drizzled on top, mozzarella or even a dairy free cheese. Hope you enjoy it!
1 yellow onion, diced
4-8 cloves of garlic, diced (depending on your level of garlic loving’)
5 medium sized zucchinis, shredded
2 lbs of organic lean ground beef
3 15oz cans of kidney beans
2 15oz cans of tomato sauce
2 15oz cans of diced tomatoes no salt
1TB of chili powder
1tsp cumin (optional)
1/2 TB taco seasoning*
salt and pepper to taste
*If you do not have any taco seasoning, just use a mixture of the following: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.
It's probably easiest to do all your chopping and grading in the beginning. Start by dicing your yellow onion as well as your garlic. Grate your zucchini on a cheese grater and set aside. You could even open up all of the cans with a can opener while you're at it.
Put all of your ground beef into a soup pot or skillet and brown the meat. Once all of the juices are released from the meet and then evaporated or absorbed back into the meat, then you are ready to put your onions and garlic in to the ground beef mixture. Cover the pot for a good five minutes on medium heat.
Next for all of the beans tomatoes and tomato sauce into the mixture and stir.
Once combined, add in all of your shredded zucchini. It's probably a good idea to cover and let it sit for at least 10 to 20 minutes.
Add in your spices and salt and pepper to taste… tasting as you add the cumin, chili powder, taco seasoning & salt and pepper.
Serve & enjoy!
Walt Disney's Favorite Chili Recipe