Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Recipe #14: Chili Pie

Ok.. so clearly.. 

The week these posts are from...
was not the healthiest week of eating. 

Oh well. We are doing a better job of spacing things out now. :) 

Anyway this recipe was actually really good and really easy!

Perfect for a cold day! 

Chili Pie

{Borrowed and Enjoyed from Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook}

Serves 4 {but more like 6 for us!}


2 T. Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 lb. ground beef OR ground turkey OR ground buffalo {healthier}
1 15 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 lb. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1) Preheat oven to 450 F. 
2) Warm oil in large pan over medium low heat. Add onion, chili powder, cumin, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until onions are softened. Stir often. Stir in tomato paste until absorbed.
3) Add beef and cook for 5 minutes until no longer pink. Use a wooden spoon to break up pieces of meat as it cooks. Stir in tomatoes and beans. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. 
4) Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer. Add water if mixture seems dry. Stir occasionally. Pour into a 2qt casserole dish, or several smaller oven-safe pans.
5) In a large bowl, toss potatoes with {LOTS OF!} sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Scatter potatoes over casserole, sprinkle with cheese. Place on a rimmed baking sheet {in case of overflow!} and bake for 35 minutes. {until potatoes are cooked through and chili is bubbling}. *if smaller pans are used, reduce cooking time!*


Note: I bet you could reduce the liquid in your favorite chili recipe and just add the hashbrowns and cheese!

What is your favorite cold weather recipe? Or your favorite chili recipe?

All for now,


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