Monday, November 16, 2009

Black Bean Salsa Chili





We are a chili loving family, but I'm also a bit particular about how it's made and tastes. I usually make my chili the same way and never have to worry about not liking it. So, trying a new recipe was a bit of a scary experience for me, but luckily it turned out fantastic.

The main source of flavor for this chili is salsa, which is another staple we love. It's so hearty, delicious and is packed with flavor. It's also a bit hot and sweet, which comes from the brown sugar and red pepper flakes, so if you're sensitive to either one, you can dial it up or down however you like. I didn't do the lime, cilantro cream to top it, instead I just added sour cream with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime, and they were the perfect compliments to this dish. Mmmmmm, I love chili time!

Black Bean Salsa Chili
By Cooking Light October 2009

Ingredients

2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2/3 cups water
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 lb ground turkey
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
3 sweet hickory smoked bacon slices, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups mild salsa
3 tablespoon tomato paste
1 14 oz can beef broth
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Directions

1. Combine 1 1/2 cup beans, 2/3 cup water, and sugar in a food processor; process until smooth. Combine bean puree and remaining beans in a bowl.

2Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add turkey; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove turkey from pan.

3. Add onion, bell peppers, and bacon to pan; cook 5 minutes or until bacon and onion are lightly browned. Return turkey to pan. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, and crushed red pepper to pan; stir well to coat. Stir in bean mixture, salsa, tomato paste, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Combine sour cream, cilantro, and juice in a small bowl. Serve chili with sour cream mixture.

Serves 6: 1 cup chili with 4 teaspoon sour cream mixture

Per Serving: 199cal, 6.2g fat, 14.8g prot, 22g carb, 5.9g fiber

Point per Serving: 4!!!

29 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

We too are a chili loving family. Yum!

Leslie said...

WOW...that is one chili that is PACKED with flavor!!!

Cheryl said...

Wow that looks and sounds delish, I am the same way. I always make the exact same one, good for you for trying something new!

Jenn said...

OH now I need to make me some chili. The weathers definitely on the right for it now.

Ingrid said...

I've made chili before and the kids have eaten it but I don't know if you could say we are a chili "lovin" family or not. :) Perhaps this is the recipe to push us over the edge?!
~ingrid

Emaline said...

I love your pics! This salsa sounds like a party waiting to happen!

A Year on the Grill said...

nothin better than a great chili recipe... Thanks for posting this

Lara said...

I've been searching for ages for the perfect chili recipe, this looks like a great one!

Palidor said...

That looks delicious and I don't even like beans!

Cathy said...

I love a good bowl of chili anytime, especially when the weather is cold and rainy. The black beans and salsa are great additions. And sour cream on top, of course.

HoneyB said...

I have been in a chili mood too and made a turkey one from CL. This looks just as yummy and will have to make this one too!

the ungourmet said...

I love playing around with chili recipes too!

I really like the look of this one. The sweet/spicy combination sounds delicious. Nice! I'll have to try it out on my family.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Chili lovers unite! This looks wonderful! So packed with flavor and hearty. I love it.

burpandslurp said...

Hey, that's really smart, letting the salsa take care of the flavors...I miss chili!

Kim said...

I love chili and was just thinking about making some. Dial up the hot pepper flakes please ;D

Mike and Amber said...

are you gonna use this at the chili cookoff this Sat? :D

Coleen's Recipes said...

This looks fantastic!!! I made your peanutbutter chocolate dessert and it is delicious!! I'll post about it probably Friday.

Erica said...

GREAT recipe, I wonder if it would be as good minus the bacon and using veggie broth? I will have to give it a whirl. Love chili- especially on cold/damp days!

Debbie said...

This sounds like a good chili recipe. It's great to have this time of year!

Pam said...

This looks and sounds delicious!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've been wanting to make a hearty turkey chili and I really like yours. The lime juice is a perfect little surprise!

Lynn said...

Doesn't this look delicious, Teresa! I'm heading into the kitchen right now to scrounge around and see what I can find to eat; that's how hunger-inducing your pictures are ;)

Katy ~ said...

This does sound very good indeed. I'd like to make this for the allergic-to-everything kid but she can't eat beef. Do you think I could use a chicken broth?

teresa said...

katy, i think chicken broth would be just fine, or veggie broth.

Donna-FFW said...

You have the best quick chicli recipes. I am aiming to try your white chicken chili soon..

Joanne said...

I have no real go-to chili recipe at the moment but am looking for one. I am really intrigued by the sweet/spicy/savory aspect of this. Thanks for sharing it!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love chili too, this looks delicious!

Kathleen said...

I'm a chili loving CHICA!!!! This sounds great.

Amanda said...

Wow!! That looks amazing!! I’m for sure going to try this one!