Thursday, August 26, 2010

what's cooking wednesday - chili

Dudes, I know I promised you What's Cooking Wednesday would be back on Wednesday, but then I laid down on the couch to watch The Office - one of my favorite episodes - when Phyllis and Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration get married - and then I fell asleep. So my apologies. My plan was to post it as soon as I got home from work, but I got sidetracked baking/decorating a cake (hope you LOVE it Tracy), trying out my new chicken roaster and hanging out with a friend who needed a friend.

But I did promise you a recipe so, here it is....


1 lb lean ground beef
2 medium zucchini, chopped
8 stalks chopped celery
4 medium onions, chopped
4 peppers, chopped red, green or orange
2 cups chopped carrots
2 28oz cans of diced tomatoes
3 cans of mushrooms
1 can tomato soup
1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Brown meat & drain well. Place all the ingredients in a large roasting pan and mix well. Cover and bake in the oven at 350 for about 2 hours.

Recipe Notes: This makes a huge amount of chili. It was a handy go to meal to have in the fridge the week we were off. We had it over salad (mmm "taco" salad), over whole wheat noodles and sometimes just in a bowl with some toast. The only changes I made were to use fresh mushrooms instead of the canned ones because canned 'shrooms are ick! and I dumped it all in my crock pot, so I didn't heat up my kitchen. Mike complains I do that enough already with all the cakes I've been baking lately. And this very delicious chili is a mere 1 point per cup! Good deal, huh?

What is What's Cooking Wednesday and how can I play?

What's cooking Wednesday was born out of a desire to get out of that what's for dinner rut. Playing is easy, on Wednesday post a recipe that has been tried and tested by you and then pop over here and add your name to the Mr. Linky. When entering your name also add the name of the recipe in brackets and make sure you link to your What's Cooking Wednesday post and not just your blog's front page. *All front page links will be deleted!* Don't make me be a jerk. And don't forget to link back here, the home of What's Cooking Wednesday.

So for example I would write Shan (Speedy Chicken Stir Fry) in the name section. For the URL section I would post this:

I'll let you in on a little secret, my WCW recipes are almost never made on a Wednesday. So feel free to cook and photograph whenever you have time and join us posting on Wednesday

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