Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Masala Chili (Indian Spiced Chili)


 My sister's office had a Chili Potluck yesterday.  So she asked me to make a spicy chili that was also healthy.  I decided to jazz this chili with loads of Indian spices, ground chicken and black beans.  Talk about a flavor explosion with every bite.

1lb of lean ground meat (chicken, beef, turkey, etc..)
1 medium onion chopped
2-3 green chilies chopped (seeded for less spice)
2 cans of black beans (or favorite chili bean) drained and rinsed well
1 (28oz) can Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans (see note)
1 (15oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 cup water or chicken broth
salt and black pepper to taste
lime juice (about 1-2 tsp)

 The spices:
2Tbs of Chili con carne powder
1Tbs Cumin powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1Tbs Garam Masala powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
Red chili Powder or red chili flakes (to taste)
1 tsp granulated garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste

Step 1 brown ground meat well and set aside.   Then heat pan with 1 Tbs of canola oil medium high heat and add the cumin seeds.  Allot seeds to sizzle for a few seconds and become fragrant, but not burned.  Then add onion, green chilies (and some salt) and saute for a few minutes.

Now add the spices listed above.   Fry until fragrant without burning about 1 minute.  Then add the browned ground meat, diced tomato and black beans with the water or chicken stock.  Salt as needed. Cook for 10 minutes.

Then add lime juice and can of Bush's Beans or 1-2 Tbs of brown sugar.  See note below regarding baked beans.

Note: I recommend the Bush's baked beans for the chili because it not only gives the sweetness I want for the dish, but it also adds another bean to my chili.  Now I am not affiliated with Bush's at all, but I compared their label with other baked beans and they use all natural ingredients and don't use high fructose corn syrup so that is the reason I pick them.  Again, if you don't want to add any commercial products to this chili, just add some brown sugar.  You can also add more cans of beans like kidney or chickpeas to the chili if you want more beans in your chili.

Finally simmer for another 5 minutes and taste for salt and seasoning.

Serve hot with cornbread, naan, sour cream, tortilla chips or my spicy creamy guacamole dip.
Serves 6-8.  Enjoy.

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  1. Droolworthy masala chilli,filling and nutritious dish.

  2. We love chili when weather turns chilly! :) Your masala version looks so comforting! Need to try it!

  3. Oh, my mouth is watering just looking at those spices in the bowl. I wish I worked at your sister's office!

  4. Oh wow, this chili is so colorful, it looks fantastic!

  5. I am a recent black bean convert (the shops here only just started stocking imported black beans). This chili looks mouthwatering!

  6. I LOVE the idea of a masala chili! It's so easy to get stuck in a rut with the traditional chili, so I might just have to change it up the next time I make chili, which should be soon! Thanks Darlin! Have a great weekend!

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  10. You have '2 Tbs of Chili con carne powder' as an ingredient. My question is: which chili con carne powder do you mean? Or is it a mistake and it should be 'chili powder'?


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