Fresh Garden KAMUT® Chili

National Chili Day could not have come at a more opportune time. We have had an unusually cold and snowy winter, with snow drifts almost as tall as I am! But this fresh, simple chili recipe with a twist is enough to make any chilly day a little warmer. Instead of beans, we use softened KAMUT® wheat grain, which provides a unique texture and a satisfying meal. Give it a try and be sure to let me know what you think!

1 pound grass-fed ground beef
2 tablespoons butter
4 cups tomatoes, chopped (for this time of year, we like to use frozen peppers, onions and tomatoes from our garden)
1 red pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup KAMUT® wheat grain, softened (soak grain overnight)
1 tablespoon chili powder
2-3 teaspoons ground cumin

Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onions for about 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Add garlic and ground beef. Brown beef for about 8-10 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, cover and reduce heat to a slow simmer.

Simmer for at least an hour.

Serve hot with a sprinkling of cheddar or a dollop of sour cream.