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Tuesday December 5, 2006, Issue No. 116

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Not-Your-Usual Chili

Here’s a recipe for a fantastic chili from The New American Plate Cookbook. With no meat and no beans, this version of an American favorite uses the mellow flavors of sweet potato and carrot as a base. The roasted peanuts soften the acidity of the tomato while the chili peppers and chili powder add a suspicion of heat. Altogether, here is a filling dish with a delightful, earthy taste—perfect for a cool winter night.

Sweet Potato Chili with Peanuts


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2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced, to taste
1 1/2 to 2 pounds orange-flesh sweet potatoes,
   peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in juice
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 cans (4 ounces each) diced mild
   green chili peppers with liquid
4 to 6 Tbsp. of chili powder, or to taste
1 Tbsp. ground cumin, or to taste
1 Tbsp. sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large, heavy pot, heat the canola oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and bell peppers, and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes, until onions are golden. Add the garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Stir in the sweet potatoes, peanuts, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, canned chili peppers, chili powder, cumin and sugar.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 25 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are just tender. Halfway through the cooking process, adjust the seasonings, adding more chili powder and cumin if you want. Season with salt and pepper.

Makes 10 servings: Per serving: 385 calories, 15 g. total fat (2 g. saturated fat), 55 g. carbohydrates, 11 g. protein, 8 g. dietary fiber, 409 mg. sodium.

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