Rainy Days and Mondays
Posted October 15, 2012on:
It’s a rainy day, and a Monday, Oddly, the weather seems to have decreased my appetite. I have combined breakfast and lunch, and used up the leftovers from the Chinese takeaway we had last night.
I think that, with the weather getting colder, this would be a good time to post my 16-bean and beef chili recipe. It’s about as easy to make as can be, and is a wonderful welcome home on a nasty day.
16-Bean and Beef Chili
(Makes 26 1/2-cup portions)
- 1 bag Goya 16 bean Soup Mix
- 1 can Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
- 1 can or jar of tomato sauce (26 – 32 oz)
- 1 giant can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 1/2 lbs. of ground beef
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp onion powder (or 1/2 onion chopped fine)
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Prepare the beans for use per the package instructions.
- In a frying pan or skillet, brown the ground beef in a little bit of not fat cooking spray, chopping it into small pieces as you go.
- In a large pot on the stove, combine all ingredients.
- Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium.
- Simmer for two to three hours, stirring occasionally.
POINTS PLUS Value: 5 per 1/2 cup serving
- I typically use onion powder in the chili, but serve it with chopped onions, a bit of shredded cheese, and some fat-free sour cream, which would increase the Points Plus value, depending on what you use..
- I also added the cinnamon and nutmeg for the first time with this variation, after talking with several chili cooks, and doing some web research.
- I divide the finished chili into half-cup portions and use inexpensive small containers from the dollar store to store them, so that I can freeze half of what I make, and fridge the other half.
If you do try the recipe, I would love your feedback.
So, here are today’s questions: What is your favorite comfort food on rainy day? On a day when you’ve been stressed beyond belief? What category do your comfort foods fall into (savory, starchy, sweet, warm, etc.)?