With the weather being snowy, cold, and icy here lately, I have been doing a lot of hot, comforting meals. Many of those meals have been simple to put together ones such as this chili. Been keeping the meals simple and healthy with the holiday season being a busy time for me and my husband. This easy to make medium heat chili is a standard beef and black bean chili with a twist. The twist is that this chili has slight cocoa undertones from the cocoa powder added to the chili and I added corn to the chili. Here is the recipe:
Beef Mole Chili – Serves 4 to 6
- 1 pound of lean ground beef
- 2 14 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup of diced onion (about 1/2 an onion)
- 2 Tablespoons of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 can of Rotel tomatoes
- 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
- 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups of frozen or canned corn (drain and rinse corn if using canned corn)
- Put ground beef into a large saucepan and cook ground beef on medium heat until the beef is mostly brown, about 5-7 minutes. Drain beef if needed.
- Add diced and rotel tomatoes into the pan.
- Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cocoa powder.
- Add in black beans, onions, and corn.
- Stir everything together and lower the heat to a low-medium heat.
- Simmer chili on low-medium heat for at least 15 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy! This chili is great on its own or topped with cheese, cilantro and/or sour cream. This is also great served over gluten free pasta, rice, or with gluten free biscuits, or cornbread.
While I am not from the south and have never lived there, I like to experiment and eat different kinds of food. Last week I was on a message board where someone had mentioned they had dirty rice for dinner. I was intrigued and decided to look at many versions of dirty rice and then come up with my own. The closest I have come to making this is making my own cajun style rice which I sometimes add black or red beans to. I cannot guarentee its authenticity, but I can say that this rice is delicious and my husband enjoyed this as well. This version does not have livers in it since I do not like them at all. This makes for a great one-dish meal with a vegetable on the side, or with beans mixed in. Also, this would make a great side dish to go with your dinner.
Cajun Dirty Brown Rice– Serves 4 as a main dish; Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish
- 1 pound of ground beef (I recommend non-lean beef since the drippings from the meat help form the sauce, anything above 85% lean you will need to add approximately 1 TBSP of butter or oil)
- 3 cups of brown rice, cooked and drained
- 2 bell peppers, diced (I used 1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon of Cajun Seasoning
- Cook rice according to directions on the bag or box and make 3 cups of cooked rice.
- Dice bell peppers and onion into small pieces.
- Cook ground beef, peppers, and onion in a large pan on medium-high heat.
- Immediately after placing ground beef, peppers, and onion in the pan, add cajun seasoning and mix everything together.
- Simmer everything together for about 10-12 minutes, or until peppers are soft. The onions and beef will be cooked through as well by then.
- Add cooked rice to the pan and turn the pan off. Stir rice in with the meat and veggies until the rice is fully incorporated in with the rest of the dish.
- Serve and enjoy! Those who like really spicy food can add hot sauce to their dirty rice. Both my husband and I tried the dish with and without hot sauce and preferred this dish without the hot sauce.