Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's cold.....Make some Chili!

I know...almost everyone makes chili and I'm not presuming to have any sort of a great recipe...mine is pretty simple and straightforward.  The only thing that I might do a little differently is substituting black soy beans for kidney beans or pinto. Black soys are super high in fiber and very low in carbs.  Actually, sometimes I've made mine without meat and just added extra soy beans. This makes a small pot.  Double or triple this if you need to feed more. Here's my simple recipe:

1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbl olive oil
1 lb ground turkey(ground beef may be substituted)
1 can (14 - 15 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can V-8 juice (12 oz)
1 Tbl ground cumin
2 -3 Tbl chili powder ( I used Ancho)
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 
1 can black soy beans
salt and pepper to taste

For Garnish(optional):
sliced green onions
sour cream
grated cheddar

In a soup pot saute the onion, green pepper, and garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add the ground meat and cook until rawness is gone.  Add the cumin, chili powder, and red pepper. Mix thoroughly and add the tomatoes, juice and salt and pepper.  Bring up to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the beans with the liquid and simmer another 5 to 10 minutes.

Note:  If you want to add carbs, serve this over pasta along with the garnishments. Chili of my favorites!! 

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