Thursday, February 2, 2012

Healthy Lentil, Black Bean & Chicken Chili

Yum
It's Super Bowl time and what goes better at a Super Bowl party than a big pot of chili.  So as we all sit back and decide to be couch potatoes for one evening, let's do it with some guilt-free chili.  I used lean ground chicken in this chili (instead the standard ground beef) and loaded it up with healthy black beans and lentils. 

Ingredients:
The Spices:
5 tsp of chili con carne powder
1 tsp ground cumin powder
1 tsp ground coriander powder
1 tbs red chili flakes (or to taste)
1 tsp onion powder
1 pinch of ground cinnamon

Lentils and Ground Chicken:
2 cups picked through and well rinsed dry brown lentils. I used a Goya brand.

1 pound lean ground chicken
1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced



 

Beans:
2 (15oz) cans drained rinsed black beans

1 can of Bush's Baked Vegetarian Beans or 1-2 Tbs of brown sugar. I like to use this because it is cooked with Brown sugar and it gives the chili a nice sweetness. You can always add some brown sugar as a substitute. I do like the white beans from the Baked beans and the other spices.
** I only recommend Bush's brand because it is only made with real brown sugar and spices. It does not contain any high fructose corn syrup and I have seen most of the other brands do have a lot of "unnatural ingredients". ** No, I am not on the board of the Bush's co. : )


Directions:

Heat a large pot on the stove and add 1Tbs of canola oil. Brown your chicken, onions and garlic.  Then add the spices and saute for 1-2 minutes. I recommend you do not add salt yet because it will prevent the lentils from cooking fast.


Then add the rinsed lentils and one can of diced tomatoes.

Add about 5 cups of water and simmer on the stove at medium-high for about 20 minutes until most of the water cooks out and the lentils are tender.


Next add the Black beans, one 8oz can of tomato sauce and the Bush's Baked Beans. Add salt and pepper to taste here. If the chili is dry at this point add 1-2 cups of water to simmer.  Simmer for another 10-15 minutes on medium-high. Stir often and cook until chili thickens up.  Taste for seasoning and serve.
Serve with any of your favorite chili toppings (ie... sour cream, shredded cheese, etc...)  This made about 5qts of chili and will serve 6-10 people.   Enjoy.



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23 comments:

  1. This chili sounds dynamite! Love it! I smiled when I saw Bush's Baked Beans. I love those and unfortunately they are not available in Canada. :( Nothing up here tastes quite as good as those. This chili is packed with lots of good stuff

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  2. wow..lovely presentation with great flavors..
    Tasty Appetite

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  3. Seeing your pics, I am suddenly having hunger pangs! It looks so yummy!

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  4. Wow ,,this chili looks so delicious alot of flavored YummY,Ramona Thanks for get well wishes,i feel alot better now :)
    Ridwan

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  5. What a hearty chili, and I love your step by step. I use those vegetarian beans for baked beans doctored up but never thought to add them with black beans and lentils. Yummy!

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  6. Saw the bag of Fritos and immediately thought - "Frito Pie"! My favorite guilty pleasure! Your chili is perfect and I can definitely see some fritos sprinkled on top. Love the addition of the black beans. This recipe goes perfect with the series of Black bean recipes that I posted yesterday. I'm headed back to add this link!

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  7. Oh boy do I want a huge bowl of this right now!

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  8. Oooo, I LOVE this! I love lentils and never thought to put them in chili. Great super bowl party food or healthy winter comfort food!

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  9. Chili with lentils! That sounds gooood. OMG such a nostalgic Fritos!! When I first came to the US and lived in a dorm, they always have Fritos in cafeteria and I got addicted to it. I totally forgot about this snack. Oh I miss it so much (or maybe all those memories). I never thought of eating the chili with Fritos. You might get me started something dangerous...;-)

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  10. Fritos! I need clam chowder. :) Kidding....this looks fantastic. I love chili and I adore Fritos (but you already knew that).

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  11. Lentils and beans--what a great texture this chili must have. I would definitely chow down a bowl of this if I were watching the game!

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  12. Looks beautiful! And since I love lentils, I'm even more intrigued :) Sigh, I'm gonna die on one month of spice/acidless food.

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  13. I love lentils, especially in a cold weather.Very comforting!

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  14. very interesting and looks great..

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  15. This looks amazing! I always love new recipes to use lentils! I sent a little buzz your way since it just looks so amazingly yummy! Have a wonderful week!

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  16. I love lentils, this sounds great!!

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  17. awesome combo of ingredients. Yum! thanks for sharing

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  18. I've never cooked with lentils before, but I bet that they add a nice heartiness to this chili. I love that this is a healthier chili so I wouln't feel so bad piling a TON of cheese on top :)

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  19. hey! this is my first time at your blog and im thrilled to read you have srilankan roots! i love the food of south-east asia, and have just been introduced to some srilankan cuisine through a friend... looking forward to browse for some traditional recipes on your site :)

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  20. I love the combination of black bean and lentil...so delicious!
    Wishing you a wonderful weeken :)

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  21. What a great idea to use lentils in chili! Makes it healthier and delicious! I would love to eat this during the Super Bowl!

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