Game Day Chili

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Chili always reminds me of Sunday fall afternoons, watching football and hanging out with friends and family.  Yesterday was the season opener for the Minnesota Vikings and my husband and I had two of our close friends over for the game and lunch.  I made this chili and it was delicious!

This recipe was adapted from http://www.momswhothink.com/easy-recipes/best-chili-recipe.html .

There are lots of different chili recipes out there but I especially liked this one as it has everything: beans, tomatoes, beef, and two special ingredients, beer and cocoa powder!

Ingredients:

3 lb ground beef (I used 85/15)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 Cup chopped onion

8 oz Hunt’s tomato sauce

10 oz can of kidney beans

10 oz can of pinto beans

20 oz can of diced tomatoes

1 Cup water

1 can beer 14oz

3 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp unsweeted cocoa powder

1/2 tsp hot sauce

Brown ground beef in a large sauce pot, drain fat.  Add chopped onions and garlic, cook until onions are tender.  Add remaining ingredients and stir.  Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 hours.  Serve your favorite toppings.

Makes 20 servings

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 6

What is your favorite type of chili?

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Ground Turkey and Black Bean Chili

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I can eat chili year round.  I think it is the perfect meal that is both satisfying and comforting and is also quick and easy to make.  Ground turkey has less fat than ground beef which is in traditional chili and all of the vegetables in this chili will help keep you full and satisfied.  Chili is also a great meal to make because you can easily sneak in those vegetables that your kids or husband are always pushing around on their plates.

This recipe is adapted from Six Sisters Stuff’s Black Bean Taco Soup

Ingredients:

1 pound of ground turkey

1 packet taco seasoning, or 3 tsp taco seasoning

1 14 oz can of corn

1 14 oz can of black beans, drained (or your favorite type of beans)

3 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes

1 14 oz can of stewed tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 bell pepper, diced

3 tsp chili powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Freshly ground pepper, seasoned to taste

Brown ground turkey in a pan, drain excess grease.  In a large pot, mix together all ingredients.  Heat over medium heat for 25 minutes.  Makes 10 servings.

This chili will make your day, and at only 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving you can enjoy all of the flavor, with none of the guilt.  Feel free to add your favorite vegetables, jalapenos to give it some kick, or top with sour cream and cheddar cheese to make it a chili all your own!

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