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Chewie’s Chili for Dogs (for humans too!)

Updated: May 25, 2020

Your furry buddies need large amounts of protein to keep them healthy and active. This recipe features a gorgeous blend of beef, beans, and veggies to create a healthy and tasty dish for your doggies to enjoy! You may love it as well!

Chewie was my best buddy for 15 years and he had a healthy diet— filled with protein from lean meat sources, such as organic ground beef, turkey, or bison. Your canines will love this delicious chili recipe, just as Chewie did for many healthy years. You will also love the taste and the health benefits, so why not enjoy it together?

  • 2 lbs. organic lean ground beef or bison

  • One 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed.

  • 1 cup of shredded carrots, diced and rinsed.

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped, diced and rinsed.

  • 1 cup green beans, diced and rinsed.

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and rinsed.

  • One 32oz container organic salt-free beef stock

Colander, sharp knife, large pot, cooking spoon, measuring cup.

Prep: 20 min

Cook: 10 min on stovetop Ready: 30 min Serves: 4-8 servings (depending on the size of your furry buddy)

Before you handle any food, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Clean your kitchen work area and pull back your hair or wear a cap. You want to avoid contaminating your meal with harmful bacteria that could cause food illness.

To make Chewie’s Chili:

1. Chop and dice the pepper and green beans. Rinse in colander to remove any debris and seeds.

2. Add beef stock to pot and cook on high until boiling.

3. Rinse kidney beans in colander to remove residual juices.

4. Add ground meat and kidney beans to stock. Stir to separate the ground meat and boil for 3 minutes uncovered.

5. Add green beans, chopped pepper, and carrots to the mixture. Stir and let boil for 3 minutes. The vegetables provide greater health benefits if not completely cooked through.

6. Add parsley and allow chili to simmer on low for 2 minutes. Remove pot from heat.

7. Drain chili in colander to remove majority of stock and fat. Leave a splash of stock in pot. Return chili to pot with splash of stock to keep chili moist.

8. Allow the mixture to cool before serving. Store leftover chili in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.

1 cup: 290 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5 g fiber), 20 g protein.

Lean ground beef or bison are perfect protein sources that are lower in fat than other ground meats. Be sure to go with your market’s organic beef to avoid protein preservatives that are not healthy for your dogs. Kidney beans also supply a healthy dose of protein and amino acids.

Vegetables and herbs are chock full of antioxidants which protect against free radicals (unstable molecules that are a major cause of aging) and again. They are also great sources of fiber when not cooked completely which is vital in older dogs in treating and preventing degenerative disease, cancer, arthritis, and kidney disease.

Be sure to boil ingredients and do not add any additional oils or salt. The fat residue from the beef will evaporate in the boiling stock or reduced greatly once drained. Discarding the majority of fat grease from the stock when drained and leaving some residual fat in the chili is fine and will leave the chili moist and flavorful with much less fat content.

As you can see, both Buster and Sunshine love Chewie’s Chili!!

Doggie Turkey Chili. Replace organic ground beef with organic ground turkey. Doggie Vegetarian Chili. Replace ground beef with black beans. Replace beef stock with no-salt vegetable stock. Doggie Buffalo Chili. Replace ground beef with organic ground bison meat.

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