Thursday, January 8, 2009

Warm Chili to help keep you warm?

Here is a great chili recipe I found on my favorite website, Kalyn's Kitchen. Yum - delicious. Try it - you won't be sorry...

6 servings

3 cans black beans
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 diced Chipotle chili pepper (or like I did - substitute a square of Chipotle chili powder)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 # very lean ground beef
1 large red onion, diced
1 Tbsp or more regular chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 cups homemade beef stock (or not homemade - like me; I used Wolfgang Puck)
1-2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup + 1/4 cup lime juice
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 avocados, finely diced
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Drain 2 cans black beans into colander. Rinse well (till no more foam appears) Let beans drain while you use the blender or food processor to puree the third can of black beans (undrained), the diced tomatoes & liquid, and the diced Chipotle pepper. Blend about 2 minutes till fairly smooth.

In bottom of soup pot, brown beef. Break into small pieces as you cook. Remove been to bowl, add a bit of olive oil and half the onions (about 1 cup). Lower heat and cook onions till soft. Add all the chili powder and cumin and saute about 30 seconds.

Add beef stock, ground beef, pureed bean mixture, drained beans from colander & tomato paste. Simmer uncovered, 30 minutes or longer. Taste - you might add more chile powder.

While chili simmers, dice avocado and place in a plastic bowl with 1/4 cup lime juice. Rinse and finely chop cilantro. Mix the rest of the chopped onion and half of the cilantro into avocado-lime juice mixture. This can be kept in fridge while chili cooks. Be sure to mix the lime juice with the avocado as soon as you cut it to keep it from turning brown.

Just before serving, stir in the other 3/4 cup cilantro and 1/4 cup lime juice to the chili. Cook about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt, pepper. Serve hot, with scoop of avocado salsa on top of each serving. Yummy!

Thanks Kalyn's Kitchen for another wonderful recipe. Easy, healthy and low calorie! Check out the website for a picture.

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