Our Respiratory Dept Council is sponsoring a dept Chili Cook-off tomorrow. I wasn't going to sign up but when Mary jokingly put my name on the list, I thought "Why not? I've been wanting to try my hand at green pork chili like we've had when we've traveled out west." After searching through recipes and experimenting a little, I came up with this healthy twist on the genre. The recipe's "secret" ingredients include Herdez Salsa Verde, Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Sweet Potatoes. Intrigued? I hope so.
Where my standard chili recipe focuses on hearty beans and a rich beef base, this recipe is lighter, with less fat, lighter beans, and gets it's richness from the warm spices and chocolate. If it sounds too strange to be believed, just take a leap of faith with me. Chocolate and cinnamon really make this chili warm with layers of flavors but with none standing out on its own.
My crockpot and chili have already been delivered tonight for the competition tomorrow. Wish me luck! And good luck to the dept council on your fundraiser-- not to mention: THANK YOU for all your hard work!