This is about as streamlined as a recipe can get. Nothing to peel or chop. A pound of ground beef, a few items from the pantry, and you’ve got a tasty, homemade meal in just minutes.
The warehouse stores, like Costco, sell two-packs of salsa in big glass jars at a very good price. You’ll go though it quickly with this super-easy recipe!
1 teaspoon cooking fat
1 pound grass-fed ground beef
½ to 1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup prepared salsa, hot, medium, or mild
1 cup cooked, diced tomatoes, such as Pomi brand
¼ cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in skillet and add ground beef. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up with a spatula, until it starts to brown. Drain excess fat from pan. Add chili powder, stir, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in salsa, tomatoes, and water. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, topped with sour cream or Greek yogurt, sliced green onions, and shredded cheese, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Calories 268 • Fat 15.8g • Carbs 8.6g • Fiber 2.2g • Net Carbs 6.4g • Protein 23.6g
Look for salsa and tomatoes in glass jars or BPA-free containers.
Most brands of canned tomatoes and tomato sauce contain added sugar. (The average amount given on the USDA database is 9 grams of carbohydrate and 2 grams of fiber for a net of 7 grams in a ½ cup serving.) Read the labels and choose one that comes out to 3 or fewer net carbs per ½ cup.
Pomi tomatoes are imported from Italy; they list just tomatoes and salt as ingredients and have a net carb count of one gram per ½ cup. Another plus, they come in a carton (Tetra Pak) rather than a can.
(c) 2014, Judy Barnes Baker, www.carbwars.blogspot.com