October 1, 2009

Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili

After MUCH discussion on face book about this meal, I thought I ought to share my recipe with you! I made it yesterday for our dinner last night... and it was a hit! NO ONE could figure out the 'secret ingredient' which made it all that more worth making again!! I finally gave enough hints and they figured it out AND THEY STILL LIKED IT!! :) Sneaking in extra nutrients is always a good thing! PUMPKIN & BLACK BEAN CHILI

1/2 to 1 Cup sliced onion (I use 1/2 C. Vidalia onion)
1/2 Cup diced green peppers
1/2 Cup diced yellow peppers
1/2 Cup diced red peppers (you can use 1 color pepper or add a little HOT if you'd like)

Saute in oil or simmer in a little bit of water until tender.

Add 1 pound of ground beef (85-90%) and cook until evenly browned.

At this point, I put this in my crock pot and added:

2 Cups of pumpkin puree (YES, you did read that correctly!) I had 2 cups frozen fresh pumpkin, but adding a can of pumpkin will do just fine!!

2 26-28 oz. cans of black beans (drained & rinsed)
2 26-28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
dash of salt
2+ Tbsp. of chili powder (season to taste, adding black pepper optional)

Allow this to cook on low in your crock pot or simmer in a big stock pot on your stove top! I had it in my crock pot for a few hours.... then on warm till dinnertime! Serve with dinner rolls, biscuits or fresh bread!! (pictured is a bowl of chili with a slice of Oatmeal-Molasses bread!) Any way you serve it, it will be a hit!
A MUST DO AGAIN RECIPE IN OUR HOUSE! HOPE YOU LIKE IT! Obviously, I cook to feed a crowd & have leftovers!! One of the wonderful things about chili is that you can adjust the amounts or change an ingredient if you want and it will still come out delicious!! ENJOY!!


mad4books said...

Well, I know everyone on FaceBook was all "Ooh, pumpkin in my chili! YUM!" but I have to stick to my guns here and say...ahem....NO.

So no.

So wrong.

So SO wrong.

In fact, I've submitted your Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili recipe to the Institute of Wrongy Wrongness, and they think you may have a strong contender on your hands! (Fingers crossed that this recipe will score its own exhibit in the Culinary Hall of Wrong.)

Melanie said...

Well my dear nay-saying friend... you will at least have to have a 'no thank you' helping WHEN Karen makes it! :) Then, you can go back to your sprouts sandwich if you'd like! :) LOL

On a more serious note, honestly, NO ONE could tell it was in there! AND... they went back for seconds when I told them it was!!

SOOOO... maybe if you just don't ask Karen about it, you'll never know and you'll LOVE IT! (in spite of yourself!) LOL :)

Your institute will have to wait for a new submission... this one will just not fit the criteria!

mad4books said...

Okay, okay...I'll try your Pumpkin Puree Chili if it will make you post again!!

It's October 23rd and your faithful readers haven't had any pictures of fall foliage or snow yet (heard you had both simultaneously this year!).

Oh, and the recipes! My friend Claranelle (the one whose brother was Harl Pease's B-17 tail gunner) loved getting Charlotte Pease's blueberry muffin recipe. You should post that one day along with info about Harl & Charlotte (I just realized that both siblings have HARL in their names.)

And just think of your own original recipes you could share. After the stunning FaceBook success of Pumpkin Puree Chili, you could give the world Tapioca Tilapia. Or Squash Sherbet. Well, you get the up the test kitchen! ;-)

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