Thursday, October 3

Mama Kat Thursday: Fall Chili Recipe

That's the Mama Kat prompt for today, "Share A Fall Recipe."
And I have the perfect one for October!
Orange & Black Chili

(With Sweet Potatoes & Black Beans!)

I found and tried this recipe last Oct and since then have made it my annual Halloween tradition--since it is black and orange!
It was originally meatless, but I find "meatless" doesn't stick to the ribs very well, so my version includes ground meat.

1 Tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
1 lb ground meat of your favorite type
1 med-large sweet potato peeled & cut up. (Don't make pieces too small since it becomes so soft during cooking.)
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chili powder
4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper or red pepper (or mince a
small fresh jalapeno)
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups water
2 15oz cans black beans drained & rinsed
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
4 tsp lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1) Heat oil in dutch oven over med heat. Brown ground meat and drain if needed. Add sweet potato, & onion and cook until onion is turning transparent, stirring often, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt & stir in. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reducing heat to maintain gentle simmer and cook until sweet potato is tender, about 10 - 12 minutes.

2)  Add beans, tomatoes & lime juice; increase heat to high, bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for about 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Makes 4 servings of 2 cups each.

It can also be made in a slow cooker with slight changes to the cooking procedure: 
Brown the ground meat and onion together, then drain if needed. Pour meat mix into slow-cooker, then add remaining ingredients, except cilantro. Stir around to combine well & cover. Save cilantro to stir just before serving.
Time for cooking is guesswork.
I'd allow at least 3 hours for cooking, maybe starting on high for an hour, then reducing to low for another 2. 


kelley jensen said...

oh that sounds really good! kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Maggid said...

Oh, Yum!!! It looks & sounds great.

Thank you for stopping by - your comment gave me a giggle.
Happy Fall!!!

Pamela M. Kramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

I'm not a huge fan of sweet potatoes but after looking your photo I might have to reconsider. Thank you for sharing.

Jaya J said...

Looks heavenly! Yum.

Thanks for your comment. I shall get those opera gloves :p

Mama Kat said...

Sweet potatoes in chili! I've never thought of that but it sounds so right!

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