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Sweet & Smoky Chili

1 lb ground meat – browned and seasoned with smoked paprika and chili powder
2 green peppers – diced (sauté if desired)
1 large onion diced (sauté if desired)
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 small can tomato paste
2 cans dark red kidney beans or chili beans
½ cup barbecue sauce (hickory smoked)
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp masala ((See link))
2 tsp chili powder
3 tsp cocoa powder
½ tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
Optional:
1 tsp smoked chipotle pepper sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix together in crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Can cook on high for 3 hours also…
Serve with cheese & a dollop of sour cream

I vary this recipe almost every time I make it… the tandoori masala spice – while is only a small amount, adds an amazing depth and flavor. today I sautéed the onions with garlic… and I sautéed the green peppers, separately, though… one of them was just in olive oil.. the other was in olive oil and liquid smoke… I added the chipotle pepper sauce today and the Worcestershire sauce… it’s just SO good!!!!!!!! I can’t stop eating it!! and neither can people in my section!! it’s sweet and smoky, but not overly sweet… but you can definitely add whatever spices and stuff you want… like more cayenne, or peppers of the spicy sort…
try it out, and let me know your variations!! 🙂

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Stuffed Peppers – Italian Style?

So, the other day i created a pizza topping, rather generic – but delicious. i cut up some chicken very finely – and sauteed it in olive oil (only a tiny bit) and balsamic vinegar, threw in some carmelized onions, some artichoke hearts, and some sundried tomatoes… threw that on a pizza.

OMG AMAZING.

oh, i also threw in garlic, and basil and oregano…

that’s me – always forgetting my spices

anyways, as i was eating it waiting for my pizza dough to become crust, i decided, damn that would be really good in some stuffed peppers

so today i went and got some big ol’ green bells

and modifed my topping some (and forgot any type of spices (oops)) and away we went… so here goes!

Stuffed Peppers – Italian Style (?) — the question mark b/c i don’t know if it is really Italian… it just kinda sounds it?

2 large chicken breasts – diced very small

3 large green bell peppers

1 cup cooked rice – for this i used california brown basmati — which is pretty great, but takes FOREVER to cook

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup panko crumbs

1/2 cup artichoke hearts – cut finely

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes – cut finely (let me interject here and say i cheated and used my mini food processor on these … and the chicken after it was cooked)

2 small onions cut finely (again food processor) and carmelized or browned to perfection

1 tbsp minced garlic — um, i definitely forgot to add the garlic. DUH

one egg, mixed

preheat oven to 400*(F)

after your chicken is cooked – throw it in the food processor to grind it up – you can also use ground chicken, but for this i thought it would be better not to… after all – it is a different texture even if you do grind it up…

mix all this together very well.

hollow out your peppers

spoon mixture into peppers – make sure to stuff well

put 8 oz of water into the bottom of a baking dish and stick your peppers in there

to top them – -you have options — i used a couple tablespoons of fire roasted tomatoes on the top…

you can skip that if you like…

bake for 50 minutes, top with cheese

bake for another 10 – 15 minutes

to serve – i cut mine in half, and put some shredded cheese on each half…

DELICIOUS!!!

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

 

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