Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Weight Watchers Crock Pot Black Bean Chili

Fall is almost here and one of the best things to make in Fall is Chili! This is a Weight Watchers recipe I got from Laaloosh. Chili is not hard to make healthy - use lean meat, and the rest is pretty much veggies and some beans. I thought this recipe looked good because it called for black beans, which I haven't had in chili before, and I could make this in the crockpot. Here's the thing about black beans in our house. I buy them canned and we have about 10 cans. We eat a lot of black beans. Whenever I make wraps, they have black beans. Whenever I make mexican anything, there are usually black beans involved somehow. So, a last minute switch, I bought kidney beans, used fresh tomatoes from the garden and made the rest of the recipe as listed below.

The flavor of this chili was good, but it was very thin (note the 2 cups of water), and more like a chili flavored vegetable soup.

1 pound ground turkey breast or extra lean ground beef
1 large onion — finely chopped
2 fresch garlic cloves, minced
1 can (approx 15ox) black beans — rinsed and drained
1 large can (approx 29 oz) diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups water
1 small green pepper diced
1 small red pepper diced
1 small yellow pepper diced
7 oz diced green chilies
1 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp black pepper

In nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook ground meat and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer meat to Crock Pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Cook on “high” for 4 hours; remove lid and stir quickly halfway through.

Serves 8.
Each serving = 4 Weight Watchers Points


Joelen said...

Ah, 'tis the season for chili and after reading your post, I've craving it! Looks wonderful as usual!

Cate said...

Mmmm...chili is such a perfect fall food. I've been looking for more slow-cooker recipes so this is on my list!

LaaLoosh.com said...

Yay! It gives me a sense of pride to see one of my recipes brought to life by a fellow healthy eater. :)
And you are right...the chli can come out a bit thin. You can try using less water, and bulking it up with more veggies and seasonings. That'll keep it thick and flavorful without increasing the Points value. Thanks for sharing my recipe!

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