Silly Chili con Fusilli

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Silly Chili con Fusilli
  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound whole grain fusilli or macaroni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • FOR THE FIXINS BAR:
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges
  • Chopped cilantro

Preparation

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the fusilli and cook until al dente. Drain.

While the pasta is working, in a large pot, add the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, and heat over medium heat. Add the beef (or turkey) and cook, stirring to break it up, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the bell peppers, onion and garlic; season with the chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook the veggies, stirring frequently, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock (or water) and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the tomatoes, ketchup and mustard and bring it to a bubble. Simmer the chili to let the flavors come together and to thicken it slightly, 8 to 10 minutes.

Divide the pasta among bowls. Top with a ladleful of chili. Sprinkle with ingredients from the fixins bar.