Thursday, September 4, 2008

Six Bean Chili with Corncake Toppers

For dinner tonight I had to put something in the crock pot since JJ and I would be eating dinner seperately. My best tool for that is a big one-pot meal (or crock pot) on the stove. As I was rummaging through the cubbord this weekend, I found a package of mixed dried beans my mom gave me to make a 6 bean soup. Rather than have a soup though, I decided to make it chili. I added some veggies and spices, and served it with the usual chili side - corncakes! This meal is very easy, spicy, and healthy!

Six Bean Chili

2 c. assorted dried beans, soaked overnight
2 slices pancetta, minced (optional)
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. dark beer
1 5 oz. can tomato paste
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 chipotles in adobo, minced
2 c. chicken stock
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
Sour Cream for Garnish

Corn Cake Toppers:
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. minced jalapeno
1/4 cup shredded cheddar

In a large soup pot over medium high, sautee pancetta until fat renders. Drain out most of the fat, add the onions, garlic, and peppers. Season with salt and pepper, cook 3-4 minutes. Add beer to deglaze the pot, turn to medium-low, and add all of the remaining ingredients.
Let the chili simmer on the stove for at least 3 hours, or until the beans reach desired doneness.
Serve with Sour Cream.

For the Corncakes:
Heat a nonstick skillet to medium heat.
Gently mix all ingredients in a bowl, drop heaping tablespoons full into skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes per side.


kitchenbelle said...

The corncakes look delicious! Almost like cornbread pancakes!

Colleen said...

this looks awesome! i am always looking for new chili recipes to try!

That Girl said...

Thank goodness chili season has begun!

monica said...

This all about confort food, to me. Delicious!

Anonymous said...

Great corncakes recipe. They aren't known well here in the UK - I've tried a few other recipes and they never quite work - this looks really easy!