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The End of Summer


Summer is coming to an end and fall is quickly approaching.  I have a ton of awesome veggies coming out of my garden and I wanted a recipe that would use up all of these great veggies.  

I am so glad to have such wonderful friends who are always looking out for me and helping me find new inspiration for recipes that I want to share.  My girlfriend shared this recipe with me and said it was one of her families favorite stew/chili recipes.

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Use Whatever You Have In Your Garden


So I decided to try it out and she was right.  This soup is so fresh and taste amazing!  I made a few changes to the original recipe because I didn’t have a few of the ingredients in my garden.  

Play around with the recipe a bit and add whatever you have in your garden that needs to be used up.  Green chilies was in the original recipe but I didn’t grow them, I grew jalapeños so I substituted those in instead. 

A Few Notes About This Recipe


I think what really makes this soup is the lime!  When I first saw the grated peel of one whole lime was in this, my first thought was wow now that is a lot of lime…but it really makes the soup!  The corn offers a sweetness to the stew as well.

I know some of you might ask about the beer in this recipe.  I used a gluten free beer because that is what I had on hand.  You certainly could omit this if you don’t want to add the alcohol, but it does add some flavor to this dish and most of the alcohol cooks out.  If you would like though, you could easily replace it with some stock of choice or add some more tomatoes.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe!  We loved it and can’t wait to make some more before all my end of the summer veggies vanish :)

End of Summer Organic Stew/Chili Recipe!
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 tbsp grass fed butter
  • 1 pound ground turkey, beef, buffalo, or pork
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 ears corn, kernels scraped off
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 bottle beer (12 oz)
  • 1 diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies (28 oz can)
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • grated peel of 1 lime, plus juice
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded gouda
  1. In a large, heavy pot, heat butter in pan and add the ground meat of choice.
  2. Brown on medium high for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in onion, garlic, zucchini, bell pepper and jalapeños and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in corn kernels, chili powder and paprika.
  5. Cook until the veggies are softened, about 7 minutes.
  6. Stir in beer and cook until reduced slightly, about 3 minutes.
  7. Stir in the tomatoes, thyme and lime peel and cook for another 10 minutes.
  8. Turn off heat and stir in lime juice.
  9. Top with gouda and the scallions.
This recipe was adapted and inspired by a Rachael Ray recipe
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving

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8 thoughts on “End of Summer Organic Veggie Stew/Chili Recipe!”

  1. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    Sounds delicious!

  2. JenSto2t says:

    I love turkey chili, but I’ve never thought to add zucchini or squash.  This looks so delicious and comforting!  I’d love to have you add it to our Fall Food Link Party today.  Hope to see you there!

  3. Little Sis says:

    This looks delicious – I’d swap out the turkey for beans, but I like the idea of adding those veggies.  Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Little Sis says:

    This looks delicious – I’d swap out the turkey for beans, but I like the idea of adding those veggies.  Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. naturallivingmamma says:

    This recipe looks tasty! I have all the ingredients too. I ll have to give it a try! 
    I would love it if you would share this on my new linky party Simple Meals Friday! I know my readers would too :)

  6. apriljharris says:

    What a flavourful stew/chili! I love the lime and spices you have used.

  7. CindyDentGordon says:

    I have this tweeted and pinned as well!  YUM, sans meat for us, just add in some beans and I’m good!  And some GF beer!  YUM!  I have this bookmarked to try!! :)  Cindy

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