Friday, March 8, 2013

Award Winning Southwestern Chili

Most people look forward to Christmas, their birthday, or Thanksgiving every year. Me? I look forward to the annual chili cook off held at a family friend's house. Dozens of different types of chili, a lot of margaritas and or sangria, jalapeno popper dip, and (believe it or not) the best home made pizza I've ever had (which I have the recipe for and will ask for permission to post). I've never brought my own chili since it is typically one per household and I have lived with my parents in previous years. This year, since I am part of a new household of 3 post-grads, I have decided to make my own chili. I've never made it before, and I kind of just thought of it when I was sitting at work one day twiddling my thumbs. We can only hope for the best and add dollop after dollop of sour cream.

Spicy Southwestern Chili

Ingredients: (it seems like a lot but the bottom half you should have on hand)
1 lb of extra lean ground turkey

1/2-1 lb ground chorizo (taken out of the casing)
1 10oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

12-15 oz corn (either fresh, canned, or frozen)
1 large Spanish white onion, diced
1 medium red onion, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 jalapeños, diced

1 Serrano pepper
3-4 cans various tomatoes (diced, smashed, puree)
1 7oz can chipotle in adobo, dice the chipotle and keep the sauce
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup cumin
2 Tbl garlic powder
2 tsp mustard powder
S+P to taste

My favorite toppings: sour cream, scallions, sharp cheddar cheese, and chips to dip of course!

Nutrition Facts (per 1 cup):

Calories: 209
Total Fat: 6.1g
Cholesterol: 26.6mg
Sodium: 850.2mg
Carbohydrates: 30.3g
Fiber: 4.5g
Sugars: 11.6g
Protein: 11.3g
Enjoy :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Oh wow 2 buffalo chicken posts in a row...shocker! But really not at all. I bought a Pillsbury multi-grain pizza crust the other day and decided to put it to good use. Lots of Frank's red hot, lots of cheese, lots of onions. How could you go wrong? Simple. You can't.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza
look at all that cheesy goodness...even though I am horrible at photographing food

Ingredients (serves 6):
1 container of Pillsbury mutli-grain pizza dough
1 boneless skinless chicken breast (cut lengthwise for faster cooking)
1 cup of Frank's red hot wing sauce
1 large white onion, diced
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese (or pepper jack)
2 Tbl oil, separated
1 Tbl garlic powder

Open the container of dough (even though it can be terrifying) and roll to your desired shape. Don't forget to flour your surface and your rolling pin! I made mine into two separate rectangular pizzas so they would fit on the cookie sheets. Spread 1 Tbl oil and the garlic powder all over the uncooked crust. Cook the dough according to the directions on the can (on a greased cookie sheet at 400º for 8 minutes I believe). 

Heat a large skillet with 1/2 Tbl of oil (or butter) on medium heat. Cook the unions until they are translucent and a little bit golden brown if you like. When the onions are done, add the other 1/2 Tbl of oil and cook your seasoned chicken (just salt and pepper). When the chicken is done, shred it with two forks into bite sized pieces. Add the chicken back into the skillet and add 1/2 cup of the Frank's. It is now time to assemble!

This is the order the toppings go in: 
Hot sauce (the remaining 1 cup)
Half of the cheese
Remaining cheese

You can put blue cheese or ranch under the hot sauce layer but I didn't have any ranch on hand. I also don't like crust, so my pizza was covered all the way to the edge! Cook the pizza at 400º for about 15 minutes or until you get impatient and want to eat it. 

Enjoy :)

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 348 per serving
Total Fat: 9.6g
Cholesterol: 26mg
Sodium: 1,882mg
Carbohydrates: 4.4g
Fiber: 0.4g
Sugars: 1.1g
Protein: 14.7g