Thursday, May 12, 2005

Southwestern Chili Pasta

Southwestern Chili PastaSouthwestern Chili Pasta (Adapted from Good Housekeeping)

16 ounces dry wagon wheel pasta
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
16 ounces ground sirloin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon hot chili powder
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup beef broth

In a large pot of boiling salted water, add pasta and cook according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion and red pepper - cook until softened and lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Scoop the mixture into a small bowl and side aside.

In same skillet, add beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in chili powders, cocoa, cumin, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt - cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the onion mixture back into the skillet, along with the stewed tomatoes, beans and broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high - reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.

When the pasta is done, drain well and place it back into the pot. Pour in the chili mixture and stir until well combined.

Makes about 6 servings.

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  1. Joe, this looks absolutely marvelous. I'm thinking ground turkey would work in this dish, too.

  2. I kept telling Jeff that it wasn't real Chili if you add pasta, but it could be called Chili pasta; I'm happy to see you're the one with sense in the family.

    And I like that you add cinnamon and cocoa, I often add that too, in small amounts, and maybe a touch of cloves.

    This looks good, but I still make the best chili in the world.

  3. Nancy - I'm sure it would!

    Urdarbrunnr - Woo! Someone who finally understands! ;-)

  4. i made this and used pintos in place of the black beans... everyone loved it.

  5. Anon - thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear that pinto beans would work well too!

  6. I'm eating this right now, and it's wonderful. I followed the recipe pretty faithfully, except for the hot chili powder that I don't have. I substituted a mix of regular chili powder and chipotle powder, and it worked fine.

    I love the faint hint of the cinnamon and cocoa. You can't exactly taste it, you just know it's there.

  7. Joy - I'm happy to hear it turned out well! Great work on the chili powder subs!