Three-bean and Corn Chili

Along with being a three-bean chili, this is also a three-season dish. It is great for those cool spring and fall days as well as the cold days of winter. It’s a hearty, one-pot meal that’s very satisfying. The variety of beans and the corn make it a colorful dish that is fun to serve to one or a group.Chili

This recipe can be easily adapted for the slow cooker. Just complete the first two steps on top of the stove and then put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 2-3 hours, depending on your slow cooker. It’s always a good idea to try slow cooker recipes while you are home so you can adjust the temperature as needed. Then you will know the accurate cooking time the next time you make it and there will be no surprises, neither undone or overdone.

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Three-bean and Corn Chili
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 pound lean ground turkey or extra lean ground beef
  5. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  6. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1/2 can (~7 1/2 ounces) canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  9. 1/2 can (~7 1/2 ounces) canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  10. 1/2 can (~7 1/2 ounces) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  11. 1 can (~15 ounces) canned diced tomatoes
  12. 1 can (~11 ounces) canned Mexican corn (with red and green peppers )
  13. 3-4 cups low sodium V-8 juice
  14. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  15. 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  16. 1/4 teaspoon paprika, smoked
  17. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  18. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  19. Salt, season to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Saute onion and green pepper in olive oil for few minutes in a soup kettle.
  2. Add ground meat, along with garlic, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir to crumble meat and brown until meat is no longer pink.
  3. In the meantime, mix all three cans of beans in colander, rinse and drain. Divide beans into two batches. Label and freeze one batch for use later.
  4. Add the other half of the beans to the ground beef along with tomatoes and corn.
  5. Then add 3 or 4 cups V-8 juice. Adjust the amount based on your preference for thickness.
  6. Add the spices. Adjust spices to your taste.
  7. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  8. Serve chili with crackers or hearty bread. You can add your favorite toppings such as chopped green onion, sour cream or shredded cheese.
Notes
  1. Divide leftovers into individual portions, label and freeze for a quick and easy meal at the end of a busy day. If you remember to transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator in the morning, it will take less time to thaw and cook in the microwave later on.
Made with ground turkey
  1. Nutrition Per Serving: 238 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 7 g fiber, 383 mg sodium (without added salt).
Made with lean ground beef
  1. Nutrition Per Serving: 278 calories, 11 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 7 g fiber, 367 mg sodium (without added salt).
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