Roasted Red Pepper and Beef Chili

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Plan Z Phase: This is a Z2 (ZReduction) recipe. Okay, so I opened my pantry and saw a jar of roasted red pepper strips. I thought… I could make a new chili with these! So here you have it. This is chili #7 for Plan Z. Very popular!

Servings: Serves 5-7. One serving on ZReduction is 1-1/2 cups.


  • 2 lbs of ground sirloin
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (you can use your choice of yellow, orange, red or green)
  • 1 large onion, diced – approx. 2 cups
  • 2 Tbl of chili powder – your choice. There are hot chili powders and mild ones.
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 2 – 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes (undrained). You choose if you want them with chilies, oregano and garlic, or even fire roasted.
  • 1 – 16 oz jar of roasted red pepper strips packed in water (in jar). Rinse them in a colander and drain. If you buy whole roasted peppers just cut them into strips or chunks.
  • ¼ – ½ tsp of cracked red pepper flakes (The kind people use on pizza. If you want your chili really mild, leave these out)
  • 3 cups of water
  • ½ tsp of grated sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 lime (optional garnish)


Spray a soup pot with olive oil spray. Put in the ground sirloin and begin to break it up. Cook on medium-high, stirring often and breaking it up, until it’s half done. Then add the onions and bell pepper. Cook until the beef is completely done and the veggies are moistened. (The beef won’t be pink in the middle anymore).

Add everything else except the lime.

Turn to a simmer and let bubble for a minimum of 15 minutes. The longer it simmers (up to an hour) the more melded the flavors will become but it will also cook off some of the liquid. That’s why the servings number is a variable.

Garnish with a lime wedge- optional. Some like to squeeze the lime over their chili.



Roasted Red and Yellow Pepper Strips

You can make these in a large batch and store leftovers in the refrigerator. They reheat well and can travel well too. Eat them hot or cold.


This is a great comfort food. Make a big pot and pack it up for lunches on future days for a nice hot meal on a cold day.