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As the cooler weather rolls in, I’ve been craving comfort food more than ever.
It’s this time of year that I love a big bowl of chili… and if I’m honest, I definitely prefer Cincinnati chili. Cincinnati chili comes from my state where I was born and is known for being bean-less, served over pasta, and topped with tasty accoutrements.
Having recently become a huge fan of hearts of palm pasta, I wanted to see if I could make a Cincinnati-Style Chili, using the Jenny Craig Homestyle Vegetable and Beef Chili. Mission accomplished!
I’ve made this dish three times now. I wanted to make sure that the flavor profile was just right, and that the spices were exactly where I wanted them to be. The transformation of this dish is remarkable, and one that I know you’re going to love.
If you’re interested in trying the hearts of palm pasta, Amazon has several varieties available including this version by Palmini (which is my favorite.) I’ve also found them at Trader Joes and at Whole Foods. You’ll find them in the pasta aisle in cans or pouches, depending on which brand you find.
Please let me know if you try this recipe. I’d love to know what you think!
Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Cincinnati-Style Chili | No Thanks to Cake
- 1 Jenny Craig Homestyle Vegetable and Beef Chili
- 2 Tbsp. sweet onion, diced
- 2 Tbsp. green bell pepper, diced
- ¼ tsp. chili powder
- ⅛ tsp. cayenne
- ⅛ tsp. chipotle powder
- ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp. garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp. oregano, dried
- ⅛ tsp. paprika
- cooking spray
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup hearts of palm pasta, drained and rinsed
- 1 Tbsp. sweet onion, diced - optional garnish
- ¼ tsp. jalapeno pepper, minced - optional garnish
- In a small saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook onion and bell pepper at medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper to season, if desired.
- Cook your chili per the packaging instructions. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine all of the spices.
- Add your chili to the saucepan, stirring in all of the spices. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously until flavors combine. Remove from the heat.
- Add your hearts of palm pasta to a medium skillet, sprayed with cooking spray. At medium heat, cook the "pasta" until it warms and becomes a little caramelized. Stir often so that it doesn't burn.
- Place your "pasta" in a shallow bowl. Top with chili.
- Garnish with 1 Tbsp. additional white onion and ¼ tsp. minced jalapeno (optional)
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