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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I have a delicious no-fuss dinner recipe that’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day Night In – Skinny Skillet Chili Cheese Fries! This lightened up version of classic comfort food is easy to cook, and it saves you the hassle of having to make dinner reservations and find a babysitter for the kids.
The key to making a successful chili (and a successful batch of chili cheese fries!) is using the best ingredients – fresh onion, black beans, chicken broth, spices and Hunt’s® diced tomatoes. I feel good about choosing Hunt’s tomatoes because they’re grown right here in sunny California and canned within hours of being picked. Hunt’s also uses FlashSteam® to peel its tomatoes while some other guys use lye. I’ll stick to FlashSteam, thanks.
I like to mix up our chili around lunchtime and allow it to simmer for about five hours until dinnertime. Simmering the chili for a long period of time allows the flavors of the ingredients to mix and mingle together to perfection, but if you’re in a rush, just make sure to simmer it for at least an hour before serving. The recipe below makes a chili with a medium amount of heat, so adjust the amount of spices depending on how spicy you’d like it. If you want it hotter, adding a tsp of red pepper flakes should do the trick.
- 1 lb Ground Turkey
- 28 oz. can Hunt's Petite Diced Tomatoes
- 14 oz. can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
- 14 oz. Chicken Broth
- 6 oz. can Hunt's Tomato Paste
- 1/2 White or Yellow Onion, diced
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 2 teaspoon Hot Sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Garnish with: Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- Green Onions, sliced
- Sour Cream
- Brown ground turkey, onions, and garlic in a dutch oven (or casserole pot) over medium heat.
- Add black beans, chicken broth, Hunt's tomatoes and tomato paste, spices, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover and reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer for at least an hour (up to 6 hours) to develop the flavors.
- Top with shredded cheese, green onions and sour cream if desired.
While the chili is simmering on the stove, heat the oven to 425 degrees, and arrange a double layer of sweet potato fries in a cast iron skillet. I prefer to use Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt by Alexia Foods, a line of premium, all-natural frozen potatoes, breads and side dishes. They have the tastiest fries! Bake until well done and crispy (about 20-25 minutes).
Remove from oven and top fries with chili and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese has fully melted. Serve with green onion and sour cream garnish if desired (my family doesn’t care for sour cream, so we omit it.).
These skillet chili cheese fries are comfort food at it’s finest, but they’re lightened up thanks to the ground turkey, sweet potatoes and black beans that I used instead of higher calorie counterparts. It may look like there’s a ton of cheese on the fries, too (c’mon, they’re chili cheese fries after all!), but there’s really only 1/2 cup, and this skillet easily serves 4-6 people. A guilt-free guilty pleasure, indeed!
It was really nice to break the tradition of eating out for special occasions like Valentine’s Day and to spend the holiday at home having a special meal with my entire family. I think this is going to be my preferred method of celebration from now on!
After the dinner dishes had been cleared, the boys had fun writing us sweet Valentine’s Day notes on the chalkboard placemats (how cute is that “Love Ya?”). I just can’t get enough of these little guys, and I truly enjoy taking the time show my family how much I love them!
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