Thursday, October 24, 2013

Matt & Tanya's Chili

Chef Notes: This is our own recipe that we created using our favorites of various recipes.

1-1/2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 bunch celery, chopped (about 2-1/2 cups)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded & chopped
3 Tbsp oil
2-1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 cup beer
1 cup water
14.5-oz can stewed tomatoes
10.75-oz can tomato puree
8-oz can tomato sauce
6-oz can tomato paste
2, 15-oz cans black beans
4-oz can diced mild green chiles
1 bay leaf

Saute first five ingredients in hot oil until onions are tender. Add turkey; cook until it looses redness.

Combine chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper with 1 cup beer. Let stand 1-2 minutes.

Add spiced beer mixture, water, tomato products, beans, green chiles and bay leaf to meat mixture. Simmer, covered, 3 hours; stirring often. Remove bay leaf before serving.

10 servings


Monday, October 21, 2013

Quinoa Turkey Chili

This heart-healthy chili is not only tasty, it's a vitamin and protein powerhouse!

Chef Notes: Nowhere near as spicy as we thought it would be. We shredded pepper jack cheese on top to spice it up. We will work on tweaking, but certainly will be rotating this healthy recipe into our chili mix. Also, next time we might try half the quinoa the original recipe calls for (change already made below).

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
3-1/2 cups water, divided
1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
1 large sweet onion, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2, 15-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
1 Tbsp. adobo sauce
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

In a large saucepan, bring quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion, red pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the chili powder, cumin and cinnamon; cook 2 minutes longer.

Add the black beans, tomatoes, zucchini, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper and remaining water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in corn and quinoa; heat through. Discard bay leaf; stir in cilantro.

9 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

nutritional facts
Nutritional Facts 1 cup equals 264 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 514 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 15 g protein.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

San Antonio Migas

In Tex-Mex cuisine, migas is a traditional breakfast dish consisting of scrambled eggs mixed with strips of corn tortilla, diced onions, sliced chile peppers, diced fresh tomatoes, and cheese. Migas is typically served with refried beans, and corn or flour tortillas are used to enfold all of the ingredients into tacos. One common variation is to add chorizo to the standard ingredients.

Chef Notes: Our first and tasty attempt at recreating the migas we had in Houston. We will definitely be trying this with some added chorizo.

San Antonio Migas

4 large eggs
1-1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1-1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 corn tortillas, sliced into 1/2-inch strips, then cut into 2-inch rectangles
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 ounces can green chiles, drained
1/4 cup chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and 1 tablespoon water vigorously.

Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter melts, add the tortilla strips and cook, stirring and tossing, until they are all golden and crispy.

When the tortillas are crisp, add the bell pepper, chiles and onion to the skillet. Season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the eggs to the pan, season with salt and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook, stirring to scramble and combine, until most of the moisture is cooked out, then remove from the heat. Stir in the tomatoes. Serve topped with cheese.

2 servings

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