I am still on a quest to share uses for Tabil spice mix with the world – particularly the subset to whom I gave home roasted Tabil as a Christmas gift. The presence of cumin and red pepper flakes speak to chili, and the rest of the tabil ingredients (coriander, caraway and garlic) seemed different enough to twist the chili up a bit. I also thought that a different base than rice would be nice. We do fall back on rice a lot around here, and although I’m glad to have it (and my son could probably eat it 3 times a day), nutritionally speaking, variety is indeed a spicy and healthy thing. Enter the much maligned potato. Potatoes have been bred into giant, dry, starchy behemoths that are meant to be smothered in fattening dairy products. However, the little colored potato with all of it’s positive nutritional status is turning up in all kinds of places. I recently got 5 lbs. of organic little red taters for 4.99. That’s cheaper than the rice I use. Woo hoo!
I’m thinking that all of you are as ready for simple as I at this time of year, and the Tabil helps keep this simple. If you don’t have any Tabil, it is pretty easy to make* and once you have it…. next time will be really easy! (Or you can buy it here). If roasting potatoes does not seem simple, then by all means make some rice – but the rest of this recipe is really quick and easy.
Tabil Spiced Chili
About 2 lbs. red potatoes cut into small chunks for roasting or rice
Oil for sauteeing onion
1 Red onion, diced
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Tabil spice mix
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (I use Muir Glen because the cans do not have BPA in the liner)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste (Muir Glen again – same reason)
1 bunch swiss chard (or other hearty green) washed and cut or torn into pieces
1 – 2 colored peppers cut in chunks
1 small can (15 oz. ) black beans, rinsed and drained
If roasting potatoes – allow 30 – 45 minutes at 400, depending on how small you cut the potatoes. I made these bite sized because they are the base of the chili, therefore they roast faster and get crispier. We snuck some before adding chili and I think I will roast potatoes this way always 🙂
Either toss it all in a bowl with oil to coat (I prefer avocado because it withstands high heat), or just stir oil in right on the roasting pan. Add some salt to taste and stick in the oven. Stir after 15 or 20 minutes.
Saute onion until becoming translucent
Add spices and stir until fragrant
Add tomatoes & paste, stirring occasionally over medium low for 10 minutes to heat
Add swiss chard and cook until wilted
Add peppers and beans and let simmer for another 5 or so minutes
Serve over the potatoes
The peppers were crunchy, everything else soft and spicy. We all enjoyed this very much. My son, who is a charter member of the no-food-touching club chose to eat his potatoes on the side.
My husband and I mixed it all together and then argued – gently discussed – who would get the leftovers for lunch. I won!
* If you do decide to make your own Tabil, I have since made it in my Vita Mix which was faster and an easier clean up than my coffee grinder. In addition, I recommend not adding garlic powder until after grinding to avoid sending a cloud of garlic dust into the air 😉
In addition – we are starting a new series on Well-Being which Little Sis opened a week or so ago. I’ll be posting the second soon. If you or someone you know is wanting to eat better and feel better check out our e-book, Baby Steps to Better Health: Winning the Battle with Junk Food for Families and Individuals.