I'm in chili testing mode. (The Eagles' football season is upon us and my turkey chili is always much in demand for tailgates.)
Real Simple is one of my go-to magazines for recipes. It's neat because it provides time-saving shortcuts. The recipe normally tells you to double up the ingredients and then spins you five other uses for the leftovers: That's my kind of pragmatic cooking.
This slow cooked chili is a great recipe.
It's different from your run-of-the-mill chili. The zucchinis make all the difference -- adding a bit of crunch to the texture of this chili. I also used ground turkey rather than beef, which makes it even healthier.
Real Simple's Slow Cooker Black Bean and Zucchini Chili
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 28-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- 2 15.5-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
- 3 medium zucchini (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- kosher salt and black pepper
- sour cream, cut-up avocado, and chopped fresh cilantro, for serving.
- In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the beef, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, onions, tomato paste, garlic, chili powder, oregano, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
- Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender and the meat is cooked through, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total recipe time).
- Reserve half the chili for tomorrow. Serve the remaining chili with the sour cream, avocado, and cilantro.
- Reheat and serve: Reheat the chili in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Better still, see their suggestions for what to do with any you have left 4 Ways to Transform Your Leftovers.
Inspired by this feature, we:
- stuffed the chili in tortillas,
- chopped up fresh tomatoes, garlic and cilantro,
- threw this on the top of the stuffed tortillas together with a very generous sprinkling of Mexican cheeses and
- added a healthy dash of Beck's Devil Dust powder, and voila, another tasty meal for the freezer.