Chili Recipes Bursting with Flavor!
If you have picky eaters like I do, try my chili recipes! When I put vegetables on the table, my kids act like I committed a crime and they're ready to sing like a canary! So, to keep the squealing down, I needed a new approach! I tried adding flavor and toppings like cheese on broccoli and cinnamon honey on carrots and even several green bean casseroles to no avail.
I can be a bit picky myself. I absolutely can't stand the texture of onions. But I love the flavor! I've been tossing onions into the food processor for years because if they're microscopic and cooked tender, I won't feel them. I'll only taste them. That gave me a great idea. I puree carrots, bell peppers and celery to add to my chili.
It's like the vegetables become invisible and tasteless to the kids! It really gives the chili more body. I feel better knowing they're getting more nutrition than they realize. I'm glad every kitchen comes equipped with this "magic", aren't you?
It's just like when I made brownies and nobody could taste the 1/2 cup pureed spinach! When I make low fat brownies, nobody can taste the prune puree. Maybe it's really science but, I'm calling it kitchen magic!
You really can't taste the hidden vegetables in my chili recipes. I bet your family will have no clue that you slipped a cup of carrots into the pot! Try adding mild to moderate flavored veggies to your chili to get the health benefits without the taste.
Chili recipes are extremely versatile. When I've had my fill of chili and I'm ready to move on to something else, I put the chili into the food processor and process until smooth. If there's a lot of juice, I'll either drain it off or add a small can of refried beans to thicken it.
The chili gets a new life as topping for tostados, spicy nachos, party bean dip or add it to cooked pasta and top with cheese for a Mexican casserole. That's the best cooking isn't it? Just heat and serve!
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 large can beef broth
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 packages taco seasoning
1 large can black beans, drained
1 large can pinto beans, drained
1 small can green chillies, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded
In food processor, combine onion, garlic, bell pepper, chillies and taco seasoning. Process until very smooth. In large skillet, add onion mixture and ground beef. Cook until meat is browned, crumbled small and no longer pink. Add to large pot with remaining ingredients. Simmer for 1 hour. Serves 8.
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