Thursday, April 16, 2009

Taco Chilli

Recipe Thursday:

Taco Chilli

Taco Chilli is a hit at our house and it only takes 30 minutes or less to cook, its pretty healthy and very filling. There are many recipies online that you can find for taco chilli but this is our basic recipie

Serves: 3-4

Utensils needed: one medium - large skillet with a lid

cooking spoons (for stirring)

Basic Ingredients needed:

  • 1 lb of ground meat (turkey, chicken, or beef) ~ we chose ground chicken
  • 1 can of Kidney beans (whatever brand)
  • 1 can of Corn (white or yellow)
  • 1 can of tomato paste or tomato Sauce we only had tomato paste
  • Taco seasoning packet (your choice of brand)

Other optional ingredients:
chopped onion
chopped pepper
shredded cheese
sour cream
hot sauce

Cooking Steps:

  1. Start off by browning your 1 lb of meat in a medium skillet

  2. once your meat is browned and cooked thoroughly (usually about 5 - 8 minutes) drain any fat from the skillet (ground chicken doesn't hardly have any)
  3. With the stove still on at a medium heat Add in your Taco Seasoning to the meat and follow the instructions on the packet (most taco seasoning packets will require you to add water for this step)

  4. Once you have mixed your meat and taco seasoning together following the packets directions then you add in your tomato paste or tomato sauce

  5. if using tomato paste you will need to add roughly 3 of the tomato paste cans full of water to the pot. If using tomato sauce do not add water

  6. let the tomato paste/or tomato sauce and meat combination simmer for about 2-3 minutes. This is when you can add additional seasonings if you wish...we don't typically add anything because the taco seasoning packet is good enough

  7. Now it is time to add your corn and beans (or whatever else you wish e.g. onions, peppers, etc)

  8. Let the entire combination of your meat, tomato sauce, seasoning packet, corn, and beans cook on medium heat covered for 15 minutes stirring occasionally

  9. Take the lid off taste (adjust taste with seasonings if needed)...then plate

  10. Lastly, we top ours off with some tortilla chips, sour cream, hot sauce and a bit of shredded cheese (all optional)

  11. viola~ you are done and you have a meal in 30 minutes!!!

Now Time to Eat!!!

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