Meat Entrees & Soups

Last Editorial Review: 10/27/2008


Last-Minute Chili


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoon whiskey or brandy (optional)
  • 12 to 16 ounces braised beef tips (small lean cubes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced or chopped garlic (or 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed vegetables (whatever you have on hand such as eggplant or zucchini)
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes (crumble while adding)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili con carne seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (add more to taste)
  • 24 ounce can stewed Mexican style tomatoes (or 2 cans, 14.5-ounce each)
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (optional—if you have it on hand)


  1. In large, nonstick skillet or saucepan, heat oil and garlic over medium-high heat. Add beef cubes and let saute for a minute, stirring constantly. Add whiskey, brandy, or water and stir.
  2. Stir onions and vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, etc.) into beef mixture and simmer about a minute. Stir in spices and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in tomatoes with juice, tomato paste (if desired), and beans.
  3. Cover skillet and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4 to 6 servings

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 246 calories, 22.5 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 2.2 g saturated fat, 3 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 41 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 538 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 25 percent. Omega-3 fatty acids = 0.2 gram, omega-6 fatty acids = 0.4 gram.

Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; © 2008 Elaine Magee

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