Classic Chili with 10 Twists

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins

Classic Chili with 10 Twists

Directions

  1. In a 6-quart Dutch oven cook ground beef, vegetables, and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat. Stir in the next eight ingredients (through pepper).
  2. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with desired toppings.

From the Test Kitchen

Slow-cooker directions:

In a large Dutch oven cook ground beef, vegetables, and garlic as directed. Drain off fat. In a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of the beef broth, the chili powder, oregano, and pepper. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

BBQ Pork

Use 1 1/2 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces, for the ground beef. Reduce tomato sauce to an 8-ounce can and add 1 cup barbecue sauce. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours.

Per 1 1/4 cups: 311 cal., 7 g fat (2 g sat. fat), 51 mg chol., 1,132 mg sodium, 40 g carb., 9 g fiber, 24 g pro., 16 g total sugar

Three Bean

Use three 15-ounce cans of a combination of black, pinto, garbanzo, cannellini, or red beans in place of the 2 cans of black beans.

Per 1 1/4 cups: same as above except 345 calories, 27 g protein, 35 g carbohydrate, 1047 mg sodium, 15% calcium, 27% iron

Vegetarian

Follow directions for Three Bean and use vegetable broth in place of beef broth. Omit the meat and add 1 1/2 cups diced peeled sweet potato.

Per 1 1/4 cups: 217 calories, 11 g protein, 41 g carbohydrate, 3 g total fat, (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 10 g fiber, 8 g total sugar, 145% Vitamin A, 38% Vitamin C, 1055 mg sodium, 15% calcium, 18% iron

Italian

Substitute 1 pound Italian sausage for 1 pound of beef. Use Italian Seasoning in place of the oregano. Top with provolone cheese.

Per 1 1/4 cups: 456 calories, 26 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 28 g total fat, (11 g sat. fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 9 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 76% Vitamin A, 39% Vitamin C, 1451 mg sodium, 24% calcium, 21% iron

Beer

Use one 12-ounce bottle beer in place of the beef broth and top each bowl with 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese.

Per 1 1/4 cups: same as above except 376 calories, 28 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 16 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 77% Vitamin A, 972 mg sodium, 22% calcium

Turkey Chili

Use ground turkey in place of the beef, substitute cannelini beans for black beans, omit tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, and chili powder. Add 32 ounces of chicken broth, 8 ounces salsa verde, and 1 can diced green chiles. Use cumin in place of the oregano.

Per 1 1/4 cups: 289 calories, 21 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 13 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 6 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 55% Vitamin A, 11% Vitamin C, 918 mg sodium, 11% calcium, 15% iron

Roasted

Substitute chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces for the ground beef. Use fire-roasted diced tomatoes for the regular canned tomatoes, and add 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours.

Per 1 1/4 cups: 429 calories, 33 g protein, 67 g carbohydrate, 6 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 15 g fiber, 34 g total sugar, 184% Vitamin A, 278% Vitamin C, 2814 mg sodium, 24% calcium, 53% iron

Mexican

Use 1 1/2 cups chopped, seeded poblano peppers and 1/2 cup chopped onion in place of the 3 cups vegetables. Add 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 2 chipotle chiles in adodo sauce, finely chopped with the oregano. Stir in 1/3 cup snipped fresh cilantro and 1/4 cup lime juice before serving. Garnish with lime wedges.

Per 1 1/4 cups: same as above except 306 calories, 29 g carbohydrate, 6 g total sugar, 25% Vitamin A, 80% Vitamin C, 949 mg sodium, 26% iron

Surf and Turf

Substitute 1 pound thinly sliced boneless top sirloin and 8 ounces sliced fully cooked andouille sausage for ground beef, substitute Cajun Seasoning for oregano. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Add 12 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp and simmer 5 minutes more. Serve over hot cooked brown rice and top with a dash of hot sauce.

Per 1 1/4 cups: same as above except 503 calories, 34 g protein, 51 g carbohydrate, 19 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 11 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 1254 mg sodium, 16% calcium, 22% Iron

Cincinnati

Substitute kidney beans for black beans, omit oregano, and add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce. Serve over hot cooked whole wheat spaghetti.

Per 1 1/4 cups: same as above except 386 calories, 28 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 12 g total fat, 12 g fiber, 7 g total sugar, 38% Vitamin C, 845 mg sodium, 13% calcium, 26% iron

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Nutrition Facts (Classic Chili with 10 Twists)

  • Per serving:
  • 303 kcal ,
  • 11 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat ,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 4 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 55 mg chol. ,
  • 929 mg sodium ,
  • 28 g carb. ,
  • 9 g fiber ,
  • 7 g sugar ,
  • 25 g pro.
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