chiliOne of the good things about following a low GI diet is that, much to my delight, unprocessed meat is all zero on the Glycemic Index, which means that I can pretty much fill my boots up without worrying about my blood sugar. Obviously, there are two caveats to that – firstly, I still have to be careful about what I eat the meat with, and secondly I like to ensure that the meat I’m eating is of a high quality. Husband and I don’t buy our meat from the supermarket, where it’s usually from questionable sources and pumped full of water, opting instead for Country Valley Online Butchers, which sources its’ products from high-quality British farms.

One of my favourite dinners of all time is the chili recipe that my mother-in-law Lori gave me; Lori’s from Arkansas, so her chili is not like any other I’ve ever eaten and is probably the most authentic chili that I’ve ever had. She’s kindly given me permission to share the recipe with you here, so that more people can enjoy her fabulous creation!

Lori's Authentic Southern Chili
 
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This chili is one of my favourite dinners of all time.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2lb lean beef mince
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 2 tbsps chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chopped jalapenos
  • tomato paste, to thicken
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place the olive oil in a saucepan and heat
  2. Add the mince and chopped onion to the pan and cook until browned
  3. Add the peppers and cook until softened
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and pinto beans and mix well
  5. Add the chili powder, garlic powder and jalapenos and mix well
  6. Allow everything to simmer on a very low heat for at least an hour
  7. Add the tomato paste to thicken until desired consistency is achieved
  8. Serve with brown rice or side dish of choice
Nutrition Information
Calories: 237 Fat: 12g Carbohydrates: 10g Sugar: 3g Protein: 22g

I checked the Glycemic Index of everything in the recipe and it all comes in under 45, which is considered to be low GI, which means this is the perfect low GI meal. Obviously, the fat content of minced beef can be on the high side, but if you choose the leanest beef mince, it should bring down the fat content. We’d usually eat this with cornbread, but as cornmeal has a GI of 68, we’ve replaced it with brown rice, which comes it at 55.

If you do happen to use this recipe, come back and let me know; I’d love to know what you thought of my fave dinner!