Lockdown Chili (Z3.5 Version)

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Plan Z Phase: This is a Z3.5 (ZReboot 3.5) recipe.

This chili is a bit spicy. You can back off on any of the seasonings if you want it milder. I thought – what better time to have a spicy chili than when I am in lockdown, practicing social distancing.

Servings: Serves 6.


  • 1 pound of ground sirloin
  • 1 cup of chopped onion (yellow, white or red)
  • ½ of a green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ of a red bell pepper, diced
  • 15 oz can of diced tomatoes. I used fire-roasted.
  • 15 oz can of pinto beans in sauce. I use Bush brand chili beans. They have a nice gravy. Choose mild to hot.
  • 3 – 4 cups of beef broth. This just depends on how thick you like your chili or if you like it more like soup.
  • 2-1/2 Tbl chili powder
  • 2 Tbl ground cumin
  • 1 Tbl garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of grated sea salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp of ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp of ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • cheddar cheese, grated (optional)
  • olive oil spray


Spray your soup pot with olive oil on medium high heat Add the ground beef. Break it up as it begins cooking. When it’s about ½ way cooked (about 5 minutes), add the onion and the bell peppers. Cook a few minutes more just to loosen up the veggies. When no pink remains in the beef, add the rest of the ingredients except the cheese. Bring the chili to a boil and then turn down to simmer. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes.

Add grated cheddar on top to serve.