Monday, January 4, 2010


Everyone's got their own version of chili. Some like a tomato based chili with beans. Others shudder to even consider a bean in their chili, keeping it traditional "Texas Red" with beef cubes and dried chili peppers. And there are those out there like to put it on spaghetti and top it with cheese and onions. The Kitchen Witch's version is a tomato/beef/bean chili that is only 250 calories a serving, what's not to love there?

I like chili as an easy go to meal when I'm not feeling very inspired to cook. It involves opening a lot of cans, something that even a tired Kitchen Witch can pull off. The tomatoes with jalapenos are available at most grocery stores, look for RoTel brand tomatoes, they help give a nice spicy kick to the chili with minimal effort. The grocery store was kind enough to have fire roasted tomatoes available - and at the same price as the plain ones! When coupled with the spicy smoky chipolte in adobo, the fire roasted tomatoes really sing.

Around here we like to top our chili with sour cream and shredded cheddar. A nice crunchy tortilla chip is the only other thing you need, other than a spoon of course!

Chili serves 8
1 lb lean ground beef
1 green pepper 1/2 in dice
1 medium yellow onion diced
3 cloves garlic, minced fine
2 cans fire roasted tomatoes
1 can tomato with jalapeƱos
2 cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed (I used 1 dark & 1 light)
1 chipolte in adobo sauce, fine mince
1 1/2 T chili powder
1/2 t paperkia
1 t oregano
1 1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t pepper
1/8 t cayenne pepper

Brown beef. Drain fat. Put beef back into the pot, add onions, garlic & bell peppers. Cook about 5 min or until onions start to soften.
Add spices, stir well to coat meat and veggies in spices. Add tomatoes (all of them) and the beans. Stir to mix. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adjust salt if needed.

Top with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings (10 oz each)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 249.3
Total Fat 12.4 g
Saturated Fat 4.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.2 g
Cholesterol 42.5 mg
Sodium 841.1 mg
Potassium 531.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.3 g
Dietary Fiber 6.9 g
Sugars 3.0 g
Protein 15.2 g


Tonya said...

Yum. I want it now. It's freezing here and chili would be the perfect dinner. I think I'll make it tonight. Thanks!

kel said...

Yum!!! I was just telling Jim I have a craving for chili!!

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