Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chilly Outside - Low Fat Chili Stew with Flavor

Are you going to eat all of that?

A bowl of chili (and yes, I'm one of those "Damn Yankees" who puts beans in mine so I know it's not authentic chili, more like a stew) is good for a cold winter day.  But many recipes can have quite a bit of fat in them (cook the meat in bacon fat and then add lots of meat).

I made this recipe up today to use a lean cut of meat (or you can use the Gardein ground "beef" which is great), using lots of different sweet and savory spices and seasonings to give it a depth of flavor that's surprisingly good without the added fats. With the added veggies, you get some good quality protein without all the saturated fat and calories.  It may seem like it has a fair amount of sugar in it, from the secret ingredient - Ginger Ale, and a little honey but this makes an entire large crock pot full - so the per serving amount of sugar is about a gram for a small bowl
Ginger Chili Stew (named for those of you going "That's NOT chili!" and since my biological father was a Texan, I can say that with a grin).
In a pan saute a large onion chopped, in a teaspoon of  oil until softened and remove. Wipe oil form pan with a paper towel then cook up 2 pounds of ground turkey or venison (any lean cut) or  fat free veggie protein

In a crockpot add

1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes with juice
2 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup honey
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 Tablespoon (1 and 1/2 teaspoons) Molasses
5 teaspoons minced garlic
1 can green chilies chopped
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Janes Krazy Salt (a lower sodium salt/herb blend found in a lot of grocers)
several grinds of fresh black pepper
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper.

Stir and add onions and meat (drained of any fat in the pan)  Add 4-5 cups canned veggies, drained and rinsed. I used all beans as I was cycling through some by date from the prepping cupboard, but you could use beans, corn, hominy, or mixed veggies.

Stir in one 12 ounce can of ginger ale (NOT diet) and simmer on low a few hours.  Serve with a dollop of  fat free sour cream and a pinch of cheddar.
My husband said this was as good as the chili with the bacon and dark chocolate in it (that won several chili cook offs) but was a lot less "heavy".  So it's a winner!

7 comments:

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    1. Since skinny husband had never heard of "Frito Chili Pie" only found in the southern US, I made that with the leftovers. Pretty simple. You pour some "Fritos" chips in a bowl, top with hot chili, cheese, sour cream, and onions, stir and eat. Not healthy but REALLY good (thought not poutine good)

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    2. Since skinny husband had never heard of "Frito Chili Pie" only found in the southern US, I made that with the leftovers. Pretty simple. You pour some "Fritos" chips in a bowl, top with hot chili, cheese, sour cream, and onions, stir and eat. Not healthy but REALLY good (thought not poutine good)

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  2. Hari OM
    Minus the meat, this is going pretty close to the Punjabi dish called rajma... yummoooo....
    Eyes-on... YAM xx

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    1. It was literally an experiment. I am going to check out rajma and try that out.

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  3. Apparently there is something wrong with my mid-western perspective. I thought all chili had beans?

    C

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    1. No - every time I've posted a chili recipe with beans on facebook I get (lightheartedly) beaten up by a bunch of friends in Texas. Husband did proclaim this my best chili ever with the exception of the recipe that had all the bacon in it. Made with the Gardein "beef" bits, it would be the BEST veggie chili.

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