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Food for my Northern friends

Posted on: February 10, 2010

Friday I made version of Minnesota Chili with pasta. When I think of chili I usually think of the South, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a chili named after a Northern state. Turns out, it’s not only super easy to make but quite delicious. Plus, it would work great in a crockpot.

My ingredients: ground beef, onion, garlic, chili powder, diced tomatoes (one can with chilis), red kidney beans and pasta.

Step 1: Brown and drain your meat. Helpful tip: rinse your meat in water to clean off any excess oil. Works like a charm. You could also boil the meat for the same effect. For my vegetarian friends – I think you could use lentils very easily in place of the meat.

Step 2: Dice onions. I’ve really like onions, especially in chunks, so I tend not too dice them to small:

Step 3: Add meat, onions (along with other vegetables you plan to use), garlic, chili powder and tomatoes in a 5-quart Dutch oven, bring to a boil then simmer for 2 hours:

Step 4: About 10 minutes before your chili is complete, add kidney beans:

Step 5: Cook pasta. I used 2 cups, but that was not nearly enough to feed 8 people. I’d suggest 4 cups. The pasta is a “filler” to help the chili go farther. So, the more people you have, the more pasta you should use.

I made a double batch of cornbread to go along side this dish:

Here’s Julia, my little helper, doing her part for the cornbread:

Once the meal is complete, serve pasta, then chili in a bowl with cornbread and green beans on the side. Top the chili with cheese and plenty of Louisiana hot sauce:

Bon Appetit!

Jonathan thought y’all might like some more personal pictures of me and my kitchen helper.

Julia modeling her shoes. Gotta admire a woman who cooks in heels. πŸ˜‰


Hannah doing what Hannah does best – supervising the production:

And then me:

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6 Responses to "Food for my Northern friends"

looks yummy! we just RE- heard on biggest loser last night to substitute ground turkey for ground beef in chili to cut calories πŸ™‚ ps. you are looking WAY thin friend πŸ™‚

I like these cooking posts. I am thinking about maybe spicing my blog up with something like this, but I’m so not organized as I cook! Your kitchen looks so clean!

Leah- That’s not necessarily true about the ground beef vs. ground turkey. It really depends on which ground beef you buy. If you buy lean ground beef (90% or higher) than it’s not going to be a big caloric difference. 95% lean ground beef has the same amount of fat as 95% lean ground turkey, which is what makes the difference in caloric value. Ground beef wins out in iron though, so keep that in mind if you’re prone to anemia.

This looks really yummy Sarah. I’ll have to try the recipe soon. Especially while it’s cold out. I love soups and chili when it’s winter. I almost always use ground turkey just because I like how it tastes, and it tends to be a little less greasy. I don’t think I would have ever thought of serving chili with pasta though. Very fun. And I love the pics of all the kitchen helpers. Those heels are super cute.

Yummmm! I LOVE chili, and that looks like a great recipe! So, what is that little seat that Hannah is sitting in?

yep, FAILED to mention that they were talking about 99.9% Jeanne-O Turkey πŸ™‚

Leah- that’s cool. Most of the time on Biggest Loser they give mostly sound nutrition advice, but they are BIG on brand placement stuff (thus the Jennie-O turkey) so it gets stretched a bit to fit the specific brand that’s trying to promote their food.

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