Tailgate Chili
This "party hearty" chili, perfect for a pre-game picnic is made with dried beans, but you can substitute 5 cups canned small red beans or kidney beans. Rinse and drain well the canned beans to eliminate some of the excess sodium; then add a cup of low-sodium broth or tomato juice in place of the reserved bean cooking liquid. This chili is only modestly spicy so you may want to pump up the heat a little bit. Serve with warm cornbread or tortillas.
  • 2 cups small dried red beans (14oz)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 pickled jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 can (28oz) tomatoes, chopped with their juice
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/3 pounds ground turkey

1. In large saucepan, combine beans and water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until beans are tender, about 1-1/2 hours, adding more water if necessary to keep beans covered. When beans are tender, drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid.

2. Meanwhile, in 4-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Add bell peppers and jalapeño and cook 10 minutes or until bell peppers are tender.

3. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and coriander and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, beans, and reserved bean cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered 30 minutes or until chili is flavorful.

4. Crumble in turkey and cook, stirring frequently, 10 to 15 minutes or until turkey is cooked through and the chili is lightly thickened.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 360 calories, 11g total fat, 2.3g saturated fat, 5g monounsaturated fat, 2.3g polyunsaturated fat, 11g dietary fiber, 26g protein, 42g carbohydrate, 60mg cholesterol, 743mg sodium
Good source of: fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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