Cooked by TFW: Fight Camp Chili
By a show of hands, who is ready for some more crockpotting good times?! Summer is right around the corner, unless of course, you live in Denver, and in that case… who really knows what season it is right now… For a lot of folks, summer is too warm for traditional chili. But you and I aren’t a lot of folks and today’s recipe isn’t some regular ol’ traditional chili.
I may have mentioned (a least thirty times now) that I’m currently in fight camp. A big part of my training is putting my brain on autopilot at every chance I get. That’s where #NewMom, my faithful crockpot, comes into play. I can spend a day making food in bulk so that during the week, I don’t have to think about “what’s for dinner.” Nor do I have I have to waste any time or energy after working out to refuel my beautiful death machine of a body. I can just come home, reheat some chili (or that delicious Crockpot Chicken and Rice recipe https://www.tfwmma.com/news/2017/4/26/huwnz6ru72upri1ajjbfvdopwy7dlm), and shovel it down my throat like the exhausted punch monster that I am.
I make this Fight Camp Chili around the middle of my training as my final carbs and fat hurrah before the big weight cut. It’s strictly a post-workout meal because of the beans and sweet potatoes; as we learned two weeks ago (https://www.tfwmma.com/news/2017/5/10/cooked-by-tfw-grocery-guide), you want to save your carbs for the meal after working out. Why? Because it helps you recover. I also like mine pretty spicy… because it’s a great way to clean out your plumbing as you get ready for the big weight cut… YES, THAT’S A POOP JOKE! How is this our first of the series? Who am I these days?
2 lbs lean ground meat (I use 85% lean turkey)
1 Large Onion
1-2 Bulbs (yeah… you read that right.) of garlic
1 Large Sweet Potato
2-3 Red Bell Peppers
2-4 Handfuls (thinking aloud: one week, we need to do a post on exactly how big a “Handful” is) ofbaby carrots
2-3 Cups of black beans (preferable dried, but if you’re like me and love Costco, 2 cans of their black beans will work in a pinch too! #CostcoSponsorsTym)
3-4 tablespoons of chili powder
2 tablespoons of cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and Pepper
Add a teaspoon of your favorite seasonings!
1. Brown the ground meat. Use our recipe (https://www.tfwmma.com/news/2017/5/3/cooked-by-tfw-ground-turkey-guide) for ground turkey, but exclude the garlic… OR DON’T! We all know I love garlic. I use a ton of it… And I buy my garlic in bulk from – you guessed it – Costco!
2. Become one with your food processor. Dice up all your vegetables. I’m weird and specific about the order in which I dice. I do it in batches and set aside separately:
Onion and garlic together
Carrots and Peppers