Hearty Sweet and Spicy Chili

I love making chili, and there are so many different ways to make little changes to it and create a new piece of work each and every time. I wanted to have the sweet to the chili but I didn’t want to add sugar so I decided that using a yam in the mix would give it the sweet element it needed. I also used chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for the spicy side of this recipe. In the end this was a really hearty meal that was truly a great end to a chilly winter day!

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You will need
1 yam (peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
1 large onion cut into strips
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (chop the peppers & reserve sauce)
1 can red kidney beans
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 can Cannellini beans
3 large tomatoes chopped
1 bunch of cilantro chopped

Green onions Chopped (for garnish)
1 lb ground beef cooked

1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Corn bread (optional)
Brown the beef and set aside.
Cut the onions and Yam and cook in some olive oil with the chopped garlic until soft.

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Take the chipotle peppers and chop, add along with the sauce to the pot.

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Now add the beans (Don’t drain, use the whole entire can in the chili)

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Chop the tomatoes and add to the chili, along with the spices.

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Chop and add the cilantro (this not only adds a great herbaceous flavor the pop of green looks really nice in the dish.)

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Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to allow all the flavors to marry.
Serve this up with some corn bread, to change it up a bit, cut the cornbread into a nice circle set in the plate and add the chili around it.

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Top with cream cheese (I use Greek yogurt to cut back on the calories) top with a bit of cheese and serve.

This again was a very warming meal. It is hearty so a little goes a long way. Enjoy as always!

I can be reached at LauraLovingLife@hotmail.com
Bon Appétit

LauraLovingLife
I find that if I just taste everything and eat small portions I maintain my weight. I watch my fat intake, but I eat hearty.
Julia Child

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