Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A chili is in the air...

Yes, you read that right. Not a chill; it's 80 degrees here. A chili! A festively Halloweeny pumpkiny chili, to be more specific! I made this tasty concoction last night; here it is for your recipe books.

Et, voila!

·       2 pounds extra lean ground beef
·       1 large sweet yellow onion, diced
·       1 green bell pepper, diced
·       2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
·       about 3/4 of 1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice (or more if you like it thinner. I used the whole can last night and it was too liquid-y for my taste, although still delicious!)
·       1 (28 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
·       1 can pumpkin puree
·       1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
·       1-2 tablespoons chili powder
·       1/4 cup white sugar
·       a few cloves of garlic, minced
·       salt and pepper

In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until brown; drain. Stir in onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in beans, tomato juice, diced tomatoes, and pumpkin puree. Season with pumpkin pie spice, chili powder, and sugar. Simmer 1 hour.

Per usual this is my slightly modified recipe. I think it'd be great with some corn added, also. Original recipe is at All Recipes, but I recommend using my modified one, as it is deeeeelicious! Total calorie count for the pot is about 2650; a good-sized serving is about 1/10th of that.

Sadly I don't have a picture of the chili, but here's a picture of the amazing Death Star jack-o-lantern that Joseph carved the other night:

Beautiful geekery at its finest! (Both Joseph and the pumpkin, obvs.)

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