Peggy Crum, MA, RD, Health4U Nutritionist
Featured Food: soup Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 lb. ground beef chuck or ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (16 oz.) cans or 1 quart crushed tomatoes
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. crushed red pepper
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1-2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Garnishes (optional):
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • Oyster crackers


In Dutch oven or large pot, brown ground beef or turkey and chopped onion. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds. Stir in  tomatoes with their juice, chili powder, salt, crushed red pepper, oregano, and cumin. Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add beans and simmer 10 minutes more. Serve hot in bowls topped with garnishes as desired.

Featured Recipes

Recipe For Health

Sautéed Green Beans with Nouc Cham

In this recipe Chef Kurt teaches you how to make nouc cham, a classic Vietnamese dipping sauce. Balance the amount of lime juice, fish sauce and sugar to suit your preference for sour, salty, and sweet. Serve over vegetables or as a condiment for dipping.

Recipe For Health

Watermelon Salsa

Now’s your chance to switch things up. Watermelon season is a great time to try out this twist on salsa. Easy to make and so refreshing, it’s the perfect summertime side

Recipe For Health

Que Baked Beans

Want homemade baked beans without a lot of fuss? Let Bush’s get your recipe started. Add a few flavorful extras. Bake until thick and bubbly and a little crusty around the edges for the look and taste of homemade. Enjoy the cookout!

Recipe For Health

North African Spiced Lamb Meatballs

Meatballs in red sauce are classic all over the world. The spice defines the cuisine. For these lamb meatballs, a sauce might begin with tomatoes or red peppers; season with coriander and cinnamon; finish with fresh mint; then serve over couscous.

More Food and Nutrition Recipes

Find a Recipe

Browse all recipes

Find a Class

Browse all courses

Search Health4U

Coaching and Counseling Services

Coaching and Counseling Services provides you with access to accurate health and lifestyle information, helping you to explore new behaviors and skills, and identifying useful campus and community resources.

MSU community members eligible for coaching and counseling services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and retirees

Read More

Departmental Services

The goal of department based services is to provide work units and colleagues the opportunity to learn about health and wellness as a group activity or exploration.  

Read More

Health e-Guide

Your one stop resource for reliable medical information. Explore Health Topic information for specific health concerns. Interactive Tools uses your responses to questions to help with making medical decisions,  and Learning Centers can provide a more complete understanding of medical concerns.

Visit Health e-Guide