Monday, February 18, 2008

A Good Night for Chili

Nights like this...

... all snowy and blustery make me think of warming foods. Foods that are a mix of warm liquids and solids. Something with a little kick and lots of fun toppings. Yeah, it sounds like a good night for chili. Luckily by the time the snow really started to come down, I had a bubbling crock pot full of the easiest chicken chili ever. I'll share for the next time you're thinking chili to beat the chill outside.

Easy Chicken Chili

About a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

A jar of your favorite salsa (pick one with lots of flavor and veggies you can see)

Can of great northern beans; can of black beans

Can of fire roasted tomatoes

Spices to your taste (I used chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and dried cilantro)

Toppings you like (cheese, sour cream, avocado)

- Place chicken breasts and salsa in crock pot on high. When the chicken is cooked through (about 1 hour), shred it with a fork and knife. Return to the crock pot, also adding cans of beans and tomatoes. If it looks too thick, add some water (or other liquid). Turn crock pot to low and let cook. About 30 minutes before serving, add desired spices. Feel free to adjust the type of beans and add items (like frozen corn or jalapenos). Serve with the things you like on chili and corn muffins. Best served in large bowls and eaten on the couch. Stay warm!

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