Wickedly Delicious Repurposed Chili

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Today, Sunday, has been a wet, cold, rainy and miserable day. Too bad for the kids who have a 5-km running race at 8 am.  I woke them at 6:30, and almost immediately the complaints and requests to not attend the race started.

I had total sympathy for them, and it would have been so easy to say, “Forget it. The weather is lousy. Let’s just stay home nestled under our blankets.” But that would have taught them that the commitments they make to others and to themselves are variable and can change depending on how they feel. I decided that would not be a good life lesson.

Instead, Vic and I encouraged them along by telling them, “It’s a short race. Go, get it done, and you’ll feel so happy you did!”

Wouldn’t you know, it poured and the race was eventually cancelled. Of course, this only happened once participants were halfway through the race and the roads were flooded (the sewers in Lebanon often back up during a heavy rain). When the kids got home, they were wet and happy…..happy because they stayed true to their commitments. Straight into a warm bath they went.

I knew I needed a hearty, warm meal to finish off the warming up process and decided to repurpose our leftover taco meat into a heart healthy homemade chili. This was so easy and so good, and all I did was add a few spices (for warmth), some tomatoes (for lycopene) and beans (for depth of flavor, B vitamins and fiber).

Who doesn’t love to save money while providing a healthy, high fiber and high protein meal? Repurposing a meal is a great way to do both. The added bonus for the cook is that you don’t have to prepare a meal from scratch.

This meal a 10 out of 10 because it’s fast, easy, healthy, hearty, high fiber, high protein, cheap and delicious.  Tell my your rating of it by leaving a comment below.

Tip: Beans are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber helps to keep your blood sugar levels from spiking and is great for bowel health.

Next time you have left over taco meat give it a try..


To a frying pan, add the leftover taco meat (mine was ground beef).

Add the following:

  • 1 can rinsed red kidney beans
  • ½ can rinsed black beans (leftovers from the taco night)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Add a dash (about 15 ml or 1 tsp) of the following:

  • Worcestershire
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Chili powder
  • Chili flakes
  • Chipotle paprika
  • 1 Oxo beef cube

Simmer for 20 minutes, taste, add additional seasonings if desired and serve. This is great on its own, sprinkled with your favorite cheese or served with your favorite starch. We especially like it with rice or a whole wheat bun.

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One thought on “Wickedly Delicious Repurposed Chili

  1. Great life lesson for the kids. Not giving into passing emotion is such an important lesson in discipline. How lucky your kids are to learn such an important lesson so early in life.
    Home made chili. What a great reward for a job well done

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