Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quick and Easy Black Bean Chili!

Today’s Suggestion:

Are you really paying attention to what you are paying for at the grocery store?

As I was editing today’s recipe and verifying the measurements I noticed in my pantry that the size of a medium can varied from 14.25 to 15.5 ounces. I am sure you have noticed that the size of canned goods, package foods and just about any packaged product continues to shrink. Many canned fruits and vegetables include water or syrup which adds to the weight.
When fresh vegetables and fruits aren’t available compare the price of frozen versus canned foods.
You might be surprised how much money you can save, many of the frozen vegetable taste better than the canned goods.

You do the math.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Chili

• Ingredients:
• ¼ medium sweet yellow or white onion chopped
• 1 tsp olive oil
• 1 tsp fresh crushed garlic of 1 tbsp garlic powder
• Use one of the following:
– 1 lb ground chicken
– 1 lb ground turkey
– 1 lb ground pork
– 1 lb ground lean beef
• 2 tbsp chili powder (add more if you like a bite to your chili)
• 1 can 14 to 15 oz of Black Beans, do not drain
• 1 can 14 to 15 oz of Diced Tomatoes, do not drain
• 1 can 14 to 15 oz tomato sauce, I like to use a sauce seasoned with chili’s if available
• 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro or 1 tsp dried cilantro
– Fresh or canned diced chili’s fresh add a nice kick
• ½ cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
• Over medium heat add the olive oil to a large cooking pot and sauté the onion until they begin to soften
• Add garlic to the pot and cook until light brown- If using powdered garlic add with the chili powder
• Add the chicken, turkey, pork or beef to the pot, sprinkle in chili power
• Cook for 8 to 10 minutes
• Add the black beans, diced tomato’s (with liquid) and the tomato sauce to the pot
– Toss in a can of corn and diced chili’s
• Bring to a boil and simmer for thirty to forty minutes. The longer you cook the chili the better the flavor!
• Sprinkle with shredded cheese and cilantro.
Serve with wheat tortillas, wheat crackers or corn bread.

(Trader Joe’s has delicious corn bread mix)


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