Farm Fresh Summer Chili

Even though yesterday was a hot summer day, the overcast clouds, sporadic rain showers, and a fridge full of fresh produce from this week's CSA box gave me a craving from chili.

1lb Ground Beef

1 medium onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

2-3 fresh tomatoes* or 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilis

1 can pinto beans, undrained

2-3 summer squash and/or zucchini

1 cup hulled garden peas

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

  • Brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Drain if necessary.
  • Add in diced tomatoes and pinto beans.**
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Mix in your spices.
  • Add in zucchini, summer squash and garden peas.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy with your favorite chili toppings - diced avocado, shredded cheese, tortilla chips.

*Fresh diced tomatoes:

  • Boil large pot of water
  • Add in tomatoes
  • Boil until skin begins to crack
  • Remove from water and place in ice water bath
  • Peel tomatoes
  • Dice with knife (this is messy) or use a potatoe masher or a hamburger chopper.

**If you like your chili with a little kick, add in diced poblano peppers.

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