Posts Tagged ‘chili’


Hon loves Wendy’s chili – he would buy and eat it every single day…and does!

My friend sent me an e-cookbook of copycat recipes and this was one of them.  I changed it up a little bit, and made the first batch.  I held my breath as SuperMan ate one…and then two bowls of it and pronounced it “Very Good – almost exactly like the original.”  Whew…

It really does look and smell pretty darn close – and is easy and economical.   Treat your family to fast-food…but you’ll know exactly what’s in it!

I read about the original-original and someone said that to make it the closest to, use frozen diced onions and green peppers.  Ever wanting to make things super easy, I do.  They also said it was imperative to boil the meat after browning.  So I do that, too.

Does it make a big difference?  Who knows.  Hon likes it…I’m going with that.  You do what you want…!




1 pound 97% lean ground beef or turkey (Vege Version: 1 pkg Morningstar Crumbles)

Salt and black pepper

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup frozen diced green peppers

1/2 cup frozen or fresh diced red peppers  (I’ve not found frozen in my neck of the woods)

1 cup frozen diced onions

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

One 15-ounce can petite-diced tomatoes

One 15-ounce can tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups water

One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed


In a stockpot, over medium heat, brown the meat with a little salt and pepper.  (Do NOT do next step if using Meat Substitute.) Add water, just to cover by 1/2 an inch, and bring to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes.  Drain and rinse.

Return meat to pot – medium heat – and add the olive oil, celery, green peppers, red peppers, onions, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  Cook for one minute.

Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and beans.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.  Makes approx ten 1-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 164; Protein 13 g; Fat 3 g; NET Carbs 13 g; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 512 mg  (The carbs are complex and from the beans and veggies – super for us!)





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It’s not the same old, same old!  The addition of nutty, nutrient-rich quinoa, not only stretches the meat, in a budget-conscience time but spikes the protein grams, as well.   Add that to the zucchini, sweet orange bell pepper, and two kinds of beans ……it equals loads of flavor!

Filling and hearty, it’s very good for you and my family loved it.  Even better as leftovers.  It freezes great – so make lots for these coming cold winter evenings.  A pan of crusty cornbread and your dinner’s done.

If you haven’t tried Quinoa, don’t be afraid of it. I use it just about anywhere I used to use rice. It cooks practically the same way as rice and takes on the flavors of what you put with it. (1 part dry quinoa to 2 parts water and a little salt). I’ve used it sweet or savory, in salads, casseroles, soups, and now chili.

It does contain carbs, but it also has quite a bit of protein for a plant. It’s a complex carb and is good for us in moderation.




1/3 cup quinoa
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Splenda
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 pound ground turkey OR make it vegetarian and add 1 pkg Morningstar Crumbles
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder, or Penzey’s 9000 chili mix (I prefer the mix…it’s more rounded flavor!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
One 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
On 15 ounce can chicken broth
One 15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
One 15 ouce can red beans, drained and rinsed

In a small saucepan bring 2/3 cup water to boil; add quinoa, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender and all water is absorbed. (The little ‘tail’ should be showing on each grain.) Set aside.

In a large stockpot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic with Splenda until soft. Stir in zucchini and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and break up into chunks. Cook until no longer pink, but not cooked completely through.

Stir in cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, chili powder/mix, oregano, cocoa powder, chipotle pepper, tomatoes, chicken broth, and beans; simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the quinoa and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Makes 10 servings, about 1 cup each.

Per Serving: Calories 206; Protein 19 g; Fat 7 g; Carbs 13 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 281 mg

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Hon loves anything and everything “Chili”.  And I really think you can’t have too many variations on that theme!

I’ve done a vegetarian version here, but certainly adding in some chunks of beef or sausage would be super and still have a different feel than regular chili.

Don’t let the 12 cloves of garlic or the cocoa powder, or cinnamon sway you…this is one tasty bowl o’ red and it gets better as leftovers!




3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
12 cloves garlic, minced
1 red sweet pepper, diced
1 orange or yellow sweet pepper, diced
1 canned chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped (just 1 pepper, not the whole can unless you are feeling especially asbestos-y!)
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 teaspoon Splenda/sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
One 14-ounce can diced tomatos, undrained
One 14-ounce can tomato sauce
One 14-ounce can chicken or vegetable broth
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained, rinsed
One 15-ounce can black beans, drained, rinsed
One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed

In a large stock pot, over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 10 minutes, or until the onion in very soft and translucent. Stir in sweet peppers, chipotle pepper, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cilantro, Splenda/sugar, and salt. Cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add drained and rinsed beans. Cover and simmer for another 20 minutes. Serve with sour cream. Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 188; Protein 8 g; Fat 5 g; Carbs 19 g; Sugar 5 g; Sodium 649 mg


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This is one of my most requested recipes – it’s as spicy as you want it and full of protein-packed chicken and fiber-ful beans.  So good with a big salad and a slab of whole-grain cornbread. 

For a vegetarian version:  Use vegetable broth and chopped Morningstar grilled chicken patties or meal-starter chicken strips.  See photos below recipe.)




1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
Two 15-ounce cans Cannellini or white beans, drained
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups diced, cooked chicken or turkey (or vege: Morningstar chicken product – see note above)
1 cup corn
One 4.5-ounce can diced green chilies
Two 14.5-ounce cans chicken or vegetalbe broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1-3 teaspoons chili powder (dash of cayenne, too, if you want!)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat until onion is tender. Puree one can of drained beans and set aside. Stir the flour into the onion mixture and cook for one minute. Add chicken, corn, chilies, broth, cumin, chili powder, oregano, beans, reserved bean puree, and one cup water. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Makes about twelve 1-cup servings

Per Serving: Calories 169; Protein 16 g; Fat 7 g; Carbs 10 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 309 mg


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