HCG Phase 3 Recipe for Vegetable Chili
- 16 oz lean ground beef (we used 90/10)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ of a white onion
- 1 green bell pepper (could also used colored ones too)
- 2 large carrots
- 1 tbsp fresh garlic
- 3 tbsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp course sea salt
- 1 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can of fired roasted tomatoes (or any other type of chili style tomatoes)
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can plain, lower-sugar tomato sauce (find stevia sweetened tomato sauce here)
- 1 can chili beans, undrained
- ½ c mushrooms
Start by peeling and chopping the onion into 1/2 inch size pieces. Split, de-seed, and chop the green bell pepper into 1/2 inch pieces. Peel and chop the carrots into 1/4 inch pieces. Peel and mince fresh garlic (you could also use store bought minced garlic if you have it 'on-hand', it's fine for HCG phase 3). Also, chop the mushroom and set aside (the mushrooms are added last)
Next, place a medium sized non-stick skillet on the stove over medium-high heat, and drizzle with the olive oil. Once the skillet is warm, add ground beef, onion, bell pepper, carrots, and garlic. Use a flat wooden spatula to continuously break the lean ground beef into smaller and smaller pieces.
Continue in the manner for about 6-7 minutes or until all the meat is thoroughly cooked and the vegetables are slightly softened. Transfer the cooked meat and veggie to a large pot.
Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the beans (undrained), fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spices. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has reached boiling, cover with lid and reduce heat to low. Let cook for about 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Lastly, add the mushroom to the pot. Stir well. Cover and allowed to heat for another 15 minutes or until the mushroom become softened. Remove from heat, let cool slightly, and enjoy. Feel free to top with a little shredded cheese or a dollop of greek yogurt for added creaminess.
If you are unsure of what type of tomato sauce to use for the recipe, or are unable to find a 'safe' type of tomato sauce for HCG phase 3 considered purchasing our stevia sweetened HCG Diet Chili Tomato Sauce. It was specifically formulated for all phases of the HCG diet and it is all natural and only sweetened using pure stevia.
This recipe makes approximately 4 servings. This recipe is safe for the 1st 3 weeks of HCG maintenance assuming you use the correct type of no-sugar added tomato sauce. Store any leftovers in tubberware with lids and place in the fridge. This is a perfect make ahead recipe for work lunches or for busy nights while on HCG maintenance.