Thursday, January 10, 2008

Healthy and Hearty Black Bean Chili

If the chilly and gray weather has you in the mood for a warm bowl of delicious and healthy chili, this recipe is for you. It's simple and tasty and perfect for warming up body and soul. Enjoy.

Black Bean Chili
For the seasoning mix -
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons of oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons of cumin
For the chili -
1 pound lean ground turkey (lean ground beef is good too)
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes with no salt added
1 28 ounce can of tomato sauce
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, cored and seeded, finely minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 16 ounce can of corn, drained
2 16 ounce cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
Fresh parsley for garnish
Mix seasonings together. In a large pot, spray a bit of cooking spray and add meat. Saute until browned. Add seasoning mix and all of the other ingredients except the corn and black beans. Simmer for 2 hours. Add beans and corn during last 20 minutes of cooking. To serve, garnish with fresh parsley and add shredded sharp cheddar or jack cheese if desired. Enjoy with a nice glass of red wine.

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