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When my husband first suggested using a bag of fifteen bean soup mix (just the beans not the seasoning packet) to make my chili…I have to admit I was skeptical. Don’t get me wrong! I absolutely LOVE chili! I love eating chili and I love making chili. In fact, my secret recipe chili won an award in a chili cook-off a year ago this month! So, you know…if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it. lol ( I was dealing with
a little bit of a pride issue regarding my chili making skills.)
But at the same time I love to try new ways of making things that we love even more healthy. The problem is…something most people don’t know about me…the fact that I can handle beans when they are in something like chili…but they aren’t my favorite part. So using fifteen different kinds of beans in my secret recipe chili….well…I had my doubts about how good it would be…until I tasted it!!!! Oh my goodness! It was the best chili I have ever tasted!
There is an added benefit…shhh…its one of those things that people don’t talk about very often. With that many different kinds of beans in our chili I was pretty, seriously worried about what kind of ummm “gas effect” it would have on everyone in our household. Look…beans usually cause some ummm “gassy situations” in our family so was a little concerned OK? LOL Well you know what?! The combination of beans used together actually worked so well together that it was a “quiet night” with no “gassy aromas” remaining in the air. Seriously! Not only is this fifteen bean chili REALLY good for you…there are no painful after effects! And the beans DO NOT overwhelm the chili in flavor…which was a big surprise to someone like me who isn’t crazy about them.
So with so many nutritional benefits and such great flavor…my version of “Fifteen Bean Chili” was dubbed a winner with everyone in the family…no exceptions!
Trying something new in this cooking situation challenged me to really listen to my husband, take his advise and suggestions in an area that I feel pretty confident. I am so glad that the Lord has been working on me in this area of submission. Will felt blessed that I was open and teachable as well as being very pleased that I was willing to go so far outside of my comfort zone to try something in the kitchen that he really enjoys. Beans!
So it was a double blessing! I am learning more and more everyday as the Lord is transforming my desire to be more of God (in this case submitting to my husband’s ideas for cooking) and less of my own will (which would have disappointed my husband and had us miss out on something very good for us and yummy too!)
So…my thanks go out to Will for encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new!!!
So here it is…Here is how these very pretty beans become “Fifteen Bean Chili- Mary Joy Style”!
Fifteen Bean Chili- Mary Joy Style
This recipe makes enough chili for four people with enough leftovers to make into “chili rice burritos” for later in the week.
One bag of Fifteen Bean Soup Mix or if you like you can mix your own dry bean mixture w/your own favorites in it. I don’t use the seasoning packet enclosed in it because it is loaded with sodium!
3 cloves minced garlic
Crushed red pepper flakes
1 Bay leaf
1 Sweet Onion
1 lb. of Ground turkey or Ground venison
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
3 cans of diced tomatoes
1 can of corn (drained and rinsed to get rid of excess sodium)
1/4 cup of apple juice
Please share your secret in the comments below so we can all learn from each other! I LOVE your comments!!! They always make my day and I promise to respond to each and every one within 48 hours.
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