I Heart Tomatoes (Recipe: Simple Weeknight Ground Beef Chili)

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It is no newsflash to Dine & Dish readers that I’m a little perturbed that I still live in Kansas. I always thought I would be out of this state at some point, but 37 years later, I am still about as firmly planted as one can be. It’s fine, really. I’m getting used to the idea (which is exactly what I tell myself so that I don’t fall into some deep stupor about my fate as a lifetime Kansan.)

One thing Kansas does have is the best tomatoes in the summertime. There is nothing better than a vine ripened tomato, taken fresh off the vine, rinsed off, sliced and eaten….oh who is kidding who? I don’t really bother slicing it! I love fresh tomatoes in Kansas. There is nothing really much worse than wintertime and the tomatoes we get from our supermarket though. As juicy and flavorful the tomatoes of summer are the opposite can be said about the dull, flavorless tomatoes that seem to be in our produce section this time of year. That is why I am a huge fan of canned tomatoes! As a tomato lover, I love the vine ripe flavor and the ease of use canned tomato products offer for use in recipes! I can get a little taste of summer even when it is cold and dreary outside.

ConAgra, the maker of Hunt’s tomato products, provided some research surrounding tomatoes and heart health that makes me appreciate being able to eat tomatoes all year long too.

  • Recent studies have suggested that the distinct combination of nutrients found in tomatoes may have a measurable impact on heart disease prevention.
  • According to a study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, lycopene absorption is 2-3 times greater in canned tomato products than raw tomatoes.
  • Using Hunt’s tomatoes is a great way to get a significant source of fiber, Vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene into your diet.
  • Hunt’s tomatoes are flash-steamed to help them keep their backyard-garden-fresh taste, are 100 percent natural and contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients.

All this health news about tomatoes is pretty awesome, isn’t it? If I can keep tomatoes as a part of a lifestyle of healthy diet and exercise, I’m sure to be around for my kiddos for a long, long time…. which is a good thing, even if I’ll still be in Kansas!

This recipe is one of my favorite, weeknight chili recipes. No need to tear open a pouch of chili seasoning. Just use some of the spices you have on hand in your spice cabinet and you are good to go! A delicious, comforting, tomato filled chili recipe perfect for warming little bellies this winter!

Recipe: Simple Weeknight Ground Beef Chili

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large can Hunt’s diced tomatoes, (28 ounces)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Bush’s Chili Beans (medium seasoning), with liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

In a large saucepan brown ground beef with onions; add garlic until softened. Drain off excess fat. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer until heated through.

I was compensated to help spread the word about the health benefits of Hunt’s tomato products, however, the opinions in this post…about Kansas and everything else, are my own.

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  1. says

    There is nothing like fresh garden tomatoes. I would give my right arm for one now but alas it’s 19 degrees outside and impossible. In the meantime, I’ll dream of your fabulous chili! I’ve never been to Kansas before…where is it you’d like to live?

  2. Pat Wogan says

    Kansas isn’t so bad! It’s just that it is so hot in the summer and soooo cold in the winter. And it has some pretty bad storms. I love canned tomatoes cold out of the can and Hunt’s tomatoes are always the best. Your chili recipe made me hungry. We are supposed to have a cold front come through tonight so maybe tomorrow will be a chili day!


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