I have made this chili a few times before and its so easy and delicious. I used to pass a Trader Joe’s walking home from work so I would just pop in, grab the ingredients and it was ready within 30 minutes of walking in the door. I have tweaked it a bit to fit my taste and I have added turkey to make it a little more filling. It does add a few points (if you stick with the 1 1/4 cup serving) but I have found that I don’t eat as big of a portion when the turkey is added in.
WW Vegetarian Chili*
1 tsp canola oil
1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
14 1/2 oz stewed tomato(es)
15 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
15 1/4 oz canned yellow corn, drained
15 oz canned tomato sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup(s) dehydrated onion flakes
1/4 tsp black pepper
Heat oil in a large, nonstick, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, corn, tomato sauce, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, onion and pepper; stir well.
Increase heat to high and bring chili to a boil; cook, stirring frequently, until chili is thick and flavors are concentrated, about 5 minutes. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 1/4 cups chili and 1 tablespoon cheese per serving.
Use a heavy pot or the chili can burn easily. If it starts to stick to the pan, reduce the heat and stir constantly.
*I made a few changes. First, I added in about a pound of ground turkey. I used the Trader Joe’s pre-cut mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery) instead of garlic, olive oil instead of canola and I omitted the onion flakes and the oregano. I also added in cayenne (I love heat) and I added in black beans.
First I added the mirepoix to the oil
Once the mirepoix had cooked down a little (about 4-5 minutes), I added in the turkey. This is when I added most of my seasoning (cayenne, chili flakes, salt, pepper and some garlic powder)
While the turkey was browning, I emptied the black beans, kidney beans and corn into a colander and rinsed them (this is important because it helps remove unneeded starch from the beans and corn)
Once the turkey has browned on one side, break it up with your wooden spoon and mix in the mirepoix
Add in the stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir to incorporate
Add in the beans and corn and stir
Bring to a boil and stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes until the chili thickens
(this is while it’s boiling)
WW Points for WW version (no meat) : 8 points per 1 1/4 cup serving
WW Points for my version: 7 points per 1 cup serving
The best part about this recipe? All the ingredients (minus spices and oil) cost around $12 at Trader Joe’s. Thats only $2.40 per serving! YAY for cheap, filling and delicious recipes!