Friday, May 25, 2012

Sweet & Sour Chili

This is really stretching the definition of chili.  I'm not an expert at making chili, but I know that simply putting chili powder into some beans does not mean it is entitled to the name.  However, I can't think of anything better to call it.

This isn't spicy, but I don't see why you couldn't add Asian chili sauce if you want a kick.  It has a faintly Chinese or Hawaiian flavor profile.

1/2 C dry black beans
1/2 lb ground turkey
*1/4 C medium bulgur
1/2 tsp kosher salt
*1-1/2 tsp chili powder
*1/2 tsp turmeric
1 4oz can tomato paste
1 8oz can crushed pineapple
*2 Tb apple cider vinegar

1.  Rinse black beans and soak in 3 C water for 8 hours, or overnight.  Drain.

2.  In medium saucepan, bring beans, salt, chili powder, and turmeric to a boil in 2 C water.  Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 2 hours, until beans are very tender.

3.  In a skillet, cook turkey until browned and broken into small crumbles.  Drain off what little fat there may be and add to chili.  Also add bulgur, tomato paste, pineapple (with juice), and vinegar.  Continue to simmer for half an hour.  The bulgur will absorb water as it cooks, so add more as needed to achieve desired consistency.

4.  Serve hot.  Suggested garnishes include diced onion, sour cream, shredded cheese, diced jalapeños, and more pineapple.

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