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Whole Lotta Chili

Whole Lotta Chili
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6
Servings
6
Whole Lotta Chili
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6
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6
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  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook until it renders some fat and is just beginning to brown. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  2. Add the chicken and turkey sausage to the pot and cook until they are cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside. Leave the drippings in the pan.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, cumin, coriander, and jalapeno to the pot and cook until the onions soften and everything smells wonderful.
  4. Add the tomato paste and stir to blend it in. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the chili sauce and stock along with the chili powders and oregano. Stir in the green and poblano chilis. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes to blend the flavors.
  6. Add the rinsed and drained beans to the pot and let everything simmer another 15 minutes.
  7. Increase the heat to a low boil. Shake the masa harina with a half cup of water in a jar until it is well blended. Stir the mixture into the chili and continue to stir until it thickens.
  8. Give it a taste and adjust the ingredients as needed. Serve.
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Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili

Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili
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6
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6
Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili
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6
Servings
6
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  1. Spray a 6 quart Slow Cooker lightly with non-stick spray. Add the squash, peppers, onion, garlic, hominy, chilies, and black beans to the cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Combine the pureed beans, chicken stock, and red chili sauce in a bowl. Add the masa harina and stir or whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, and oregano to the liquid ingredients and stir once more. Pour the liquids into the cooker and stir to combine everything well.
  4. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Lay the chicken pieces on top of the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 - 8 hours (the heat on every slow cooker is different so adjust the time according to how yours cooks).
  5. At the 6/8 hour point, stir the chicken into the other ingredients. Give things a taste and add more of any seasoning you think it needs.
  6. Tilt the lid slightly and turn the heat setting to High. Allow the chili to cook until it is the thickness that you like.
  7. While the chili is cooking on High, mix the sour cream, salsa, and cilantro together. Set aside.
  8. When you are ready to serve, ladle into bowls. Pass the sour cream mixture, lime, and cheese at the table.
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Overstuffed Poblano Peppers

Overstuffed Poblano Peppers
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4
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4
Overstuffed Poblano Peppers
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4
Servings
4
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  1. Slice off one side of each poblano to create a boat like vessel. Chop the removed pepper pieces and add to the other peppers. Place the pepper boats in a baking pan that has been coated with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. If you don't have cooked rice, cook 1/2 cup of brown rice in 1-1/2 cups of vegetable stock or water that is seasoned with half of each the cumin and chili powder. This should take 30 - 40 minutes. You can do this earlier in the day or even the night before.
  3. In a large fry pan heat the olive oil. Add the chopped onions, peppers, and garlic, tossing to coat everything. Cook over medium heat until everything begins to soften.
  4. Add the remaining cumin and chili powder and let them cook and get fragrant for a couple of minutes. Stir in the rice and toss until well combined with the vegetables. Cook a couple of minutes more.
  5. Add the chili or tomato sauce, stirring it in well. Allow to cook a few more minutes. If the mixture seems dry add some of the vegetable stock as the mixture cooks. Stir in the drained beans and toss to combine.
  6. Divide the filling between the pepper boats. They will be filled to overflowing which is perfectly fine. Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes. The boats should be soft and the filling hot.
  7. Remove the foil and sprinkle some of the shredded cheese on top of each pepper. Broil for 3 minutes or so until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Pass your hot sauce of choice at the table.
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Halloween Hash

The colors of the ingredients give this dish its name. DIGITAL CAMERAIt is a perfect fall dish, but the ingredients are all available year around. It is cheap to make and healthy to eat. It’s also easy to prepare and is the perfect Meatless Monday recipe.DIGITAL CAMERAQueso Fresco cheese makes a wonderful garnish. The salty yet mild crumbles are a perfect compliment to the richness of the dish.

Halloween Hash
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2
Servings
2
Halloween Hash
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2
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2
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  1. Heat the olive oil in a large fry pan. Add the sweet potatoes and cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes. They should be slightly brown.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes. The onion should begin to soften and brown.
  3. Add the green chilies and cook for another couple of minutes.
  4. Add the black beans and the cranberries to the pan and toss to mix. Add the cumin, smoked paprika, and chipotle lime dressing, and toss once more.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes or so until everything starts to come together. Spoon into 2 shallow bowls and top with the crumbled Queso Fresco.
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Winter Black Bean and Corn Salsa

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Salsa is an easy and inexpensive appetizer. There are lots of varieties and it never hurts to have a few choices in you recipe arsenal.  I used canned fire roasted tomatoes in this recipe because it’s winter and they actually have more flavor than what you would probably get in the store.

Winter Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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This salsa uses canned tomatoes and corn, Great during the winter when fresh veggies are at their low point. Use the recipe any time of year since you'll probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry
Servings
3 Cups
Servings
3 Cups
Winter Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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This salsa uses canned tomatoes and corn, Great during the winter when fresh veggies are at their low point. Use the recipe any time of year since you'll probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry
Servings
3 Cups
Servings
3 Cups
Ingredients
Servings: Cups
Instructions
  1. Combine the tomatoes, beans, corn and chilies in a medium bowl
  2. Add the onions, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro to the bowl, stirring to combine.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and taste. Adjust The seasonings until it's just the way you want it.
  4. Chill for several hours or overnight. Give it another taste before you serve it to see if it got happy enough.
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