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CTTAGENT Posts: 1,616
2/23/12 11:14 A

I made my first chili last weekend: Jalapeno kissed bean and sweet potato chili. I added hamburger to it and reduced the beans because I am not a big bean person. I used 1 jalapeno, 1 sweet potato, 1/2 cup bean medley, some liquied, 1 can stewed tomatoes, and 1 1/2 lb hamburger. It turned out even better after melding for two days.

KELEKONA Posts: 605
2/22/12 8:25 A

I start by pre-boiling a pound each of black beans and kidney beans and using half, then a good amount of crushed tomato, (half of a warehouse club can) I brown about a can of hamburger with one onion and drain the fat off. Sometimes I will add a pennied carrot, and I usually like to get at least a little green pepper in it. Hubby will add celery. With dried beans, it's important to get a splash of vinegar or a living tomato into the chili.

Spices is a personal choice. I usually end up with cumin, paprika, and a sampling of every hotsauce in the cabinet.

Everything goes in the crockpot for over 24 hours. Depending how much we eat on the first and second day, we add another batch of ingredients on top of the chili just before going to bed. This freezes well, so you might just end up freezing the second batch.

SCHELL519 Posts: 7
2/21/12 10:18 P

Load up your chili (or any dish) with beans. They add tons of protein and fiber to fill you up quicker and keep you full longer! I am lazy and buy canned beans (Cannelli or Northern White) and drain and rinse because the extra sodium is not needed. I am not a bean fan but when mixed with chili or any cassarole you can't taste them! I used to puree them to use as a thickener! You can easily add extra nutrition by slicing carrots or zucchini and adding them.
Good luck!

JETB133 SparkPoints: (4,040)
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2/20/12 1:06 P

Easiest chili recipe ever...
2lb ground turkey
2 diced peppers
2diced onions
2 cans black beans
6 cloves minced garlic
2 large cans of diced tomatoes
1 small can of diced chili peppers
6 tbs chili powder
1 tbs cumin
Handful of chopped cilantro
Salt to taste

Throw everything in a pot and cook on medium until turkey is fully cooked. I usually cook mine for a couple of hours until all the flavors come out. Stir frequently. If it gets too thick I thin it out with some low sodium chicken stock.

SUMMER722 Posts: 6
2/9/12 10:25 A

Hi there! My husband is a hunter and I have a lot of venison in my freezer, so I make chili often. I'm also pretty lazy in the kitchen so I rely on frozen vegetables to reduce spoilage.

- 1/2 pound ground venison
- 1/2 pound venison hot sausage
(You can substitute hot turkey sausage, or just use 1 pound of 93%-95% ground beef or turkey)
- 1, 15 oz can black beans drained
- 1, 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1, 6-oz can tomato sauce
- 1, 8-oz can tomato paste
- 1 can water using the tomato sauce can
- 1 envelope chili seasoning (I use McCormick's Hot Chili seasoning)
- 1 cup frozen diced onion
- 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper

Brown meat and drain in colander. I then rinse the meat with water to get rid of any excess fat. Dump meat and remaining ingredients in a slow cooker and cook 3 hours on high or 8 hours on low. You can also cook this stove-top. Serve with anything - shredded cheddar cheese; w/ dollop of sour cream; over a baked potato; with Baked Tostito's, etc. I usually eat around 3/4 cup because it's pretty heavy and filling. My husband likes it with shredded cheddar cheese.

Good Luck!

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2/7/12 10:01 A

I fill chili up with veggies since the strong flavors tend to make everything "blend" in the bowl anyway.

Lots of onions, garlic, chinese celery, colored bell peppers, shredded carrots chopped fine, shredded mushrooms, finely diced zucchini, even roasted squash.

For spices I use cumin, chinese 5 spice, lots of chili pepper, garlic powder, cilantro, a dash of dried sage, black pepper, and whatever kind of chili oil I have on hand (particularly those that have been smoked).

ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (35,054)
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2/6/12 1:53 P

It came out good. I had some shredded carrots and added about a cup or so. Might try some chopped spinach next time.

KERWRISTEA69 Posts: 63
2/5/12 2:49 P

That sounds really good for chili. For us, its usually been hamburger and beans and anything that we really wanna throw in there to make it taste better lol I honestly have never tried, nor thought of like ground turkey or anything...im interested now! lol

ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (35,054)
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2/5/12 1:21 P

I'm making a pot of chili today. I'm starting with ground turkey browned in a pot with a chopped onion. I add a can of crushed tomatoes and 3 cans of beans, kidney, black, whatever I have (undrained). I add a LOT (3 Tbs) chili powder, some cumin, black pepper, red pepper flakes, a little cinnamon and some dried parsley. You can add or delete seasonings to your taste. Simmer for 20 - 30 minutes. I like it over rice and I top it with diced onions and shredded cheddar cheese. It freezes well. We also use leftovers to top baked potatoes, turkey burgers, salad and to make nachos.

You can use the recipe calculator on this site to calculate the calories and nutrition and add it to your meal planner.

Edited by: ZELDA13 at: 2/5/2012 (13:22)
KERWRISTEA69 Posts: 63
2/3/12 8:05 P

Any good recipies for a good, healthy chili? Boyfriend has been wanting some and we are both new with this and was wondering how you would figure out how much your supposed to have, what are some good things to put in it etc? any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

-K

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