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“Just LikeJunk” Chili

January 20th, 2010

Just Like Junk Chili

I had one of those days today, and by the time I got home, I was a basket woven of stress and anxiety. I was also insanely and irrationally hungry, despite eating lunch at 2:30.

I wanted french fries. Or mac and cheese. Or pizza. Or chicken pad thai. All comfort foods, all hot and delicious. Instead, I whipped up a huge pot of Black Bean Chili using some leftover chicken from the night before.

While I cooked, I realized that this meal, while very low fat and high fiber, also deserves a place on my junk food list. It’s warm, and satisfying, and feels somehow, more than a little ‘naughty’ for someone watching her weight.

It’s also insanely fast. In 20 minutes, you’ll be eating a freshly cooked homemade meal with the ingredients and seasoning you choose. And on Weight Watchers, without cheese, a serving is just 3 points.

This recipe can be as hot as you like. I use a mix of Chipotle and Ancho chili powders to get a big amount of kick. You can tone it down by choosing a conventional chili powder; flavour without heat. It’s also great for leftover meats of any kind. I find you don’t need or want a lot; just one chicken breast dices up nicely for this quantity.

Makes 4-6 servings

What You Need:
1 T olive oil
2 onions
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
2 15oz cans Black Beans (or one Black Bean, one Kidney Bean – your choice)
1 C frozen corn
4 T Chili powder – I like 2T Chipotle and 2T Ancho for a good balance of heat and flavour.
salt and black pepper
grated cheese for garnish – optional
1 chicken breast, cooked – optional
half bottle of hoppy ale – optional

How to Do It

Heat the oil in a heavy stockpot and add the onions, coarsely chopped. Cook while stirring until the onions turn golden.

Add the tomatoes and beans and season with the chili powder and some salt. Add the beer (optional) or broth and bring to a simmer.

Add in the frozen corn and chopped cooked chicken, or really any meat.

Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Since everything’s already cooked, you’re just trying to help merge the flavours.

Taste and check for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if desired.

Serve in bowls with a bit of cheese for a garnish.

BONUS: This chili is even better the next day!

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6 Responses to ““Just Like Junk” Chili”

  1. stephanie Says:

    bingo!!! This is my go-to winter dinner, for sure. I never thought of it like healthy junk food, but I think you’re right. Hot, spicy, flavorful, cheesy goodness (fat free sour cream FTW!). The only thing I do differently is add a can of tomatoes, but I like tomatoes in my chili.

  2. karen Says:

    That sounds delicious. I think that’s dinner for tomorrow. Sometimes I forget the simple things in life! Thanks for such a yummy reminder. P.S. I might add a little cumin too.

  3. Rebecca Says:

    Dude! You are my hero. When I come home stressed out and irrationally hungry I definitely do not have the wherewithal to whip up fabulous chili. I totally give in to all the other foods you mentioned. Next time I’ll try and think of you and your chili. ; )

  4. Adriene Says:

    Perfect! I was starting to really hate the canned chili hubby likes – this is the one to set us free! Woohoo! Thanks!

  5. stephanie Says:

    O hai, I totally forgot to mention… join us over at! I’m trying to share my favorites and trade for other ppl’s faves, too. Email me if you’d like deets.

  6. Cindy Says:

    Just finished up the leftovers! We loved the chicken instead of beef or just beans.

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