Monday, November 3, 2008

Too Good to be Good For You Chile

I made this up this week because I cooked down my jack o' lantern for the thanksgiving pumpkin pie and had enough pumpkin leftover to play with.  This is what I call a Sunday afternoon meal - get the whole family involved with the chopping and it won't take long at all...  This takes corn, beans, and squash to a whole new level. Its so healthy you'll be glowing!

4 T olive oil
3 T chile powder
1 T garlic powder
2 T oregano, dried
1 T salt

1 lb ground beef, turkey, or omit it altogether for vegetarian chile

1/2 large sweet onion (Vidalia, walla walla),
chopped into bite sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 green bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 ears of corn, wash and cut the kernals off OR 1 can corn

2 yellow summer squash, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 zucchini squash, chopped into bite sized pieces

4 cups pumpkin puree (about 2 cans is fine or you can make it)
1 14.5-ozcan broth - any kind
3 28-oz cans whole tomatoes, tomatoe puree, or diced tomatoes

1 small can chipotle chiles in adobo (look in the
international section... you will only use about 2 T)

1 28 oz can of black beans, or 2 smaller cans, strain
and rinse off bean liquid before using.

Heat the olive oil in a LARGE soup pot over medium high. Add onions, garlic, ground meat, chile powder, garlic powder, oregano, and salt.  Stir and saute till the meat is browned and onions are slightly translucent. Dump in the green, yellow, and red bell peppers and corn and cook them about 4 minutes too.  Add the squash, stir and cook about 4 minutes more.

Dump in the broth, tomatoes, and pumpkin puree.  Now chop up enough chipotles to make about 2 T. This stuff goes a LONG way so don't overdue it unless you want five alarm chile. Up to you! But I'd start with this, taste it after a half hour of simmering and then add more if you want.

Stir and simmer on low heat for at least half an hour. Transfer to jars, bowls, tupperware, share with friends.

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