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Old 11-10-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Fall '12 GCC - PrincessFiona's Entree - Pumped Up Chili

Pumped Up Chili

Serves 24

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb fresh pumpkin or winter squash, bite-size pieces
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chili peppers, drained
3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

In a soup pot, heat olive oil over med-high. Add pumpkin, sweet potatoes, onion, celery, bell peppers and garlic, sauté about 15 minutes, until pumpkin is al dente.

Add 1 cup water, green chilies and tomatoes, stir in spices and bay leaves. Simmer covered until pumpkin is tender. Add beans, continue on simmer, uncovered for another 30 minutes.



I made this chili for a contest at work. It won it's Class: Vegetarian Chili and It Won Best Overall out of a field of 36 entries. There were lots of comments, a small sample:

"Excellent balance of spices."
"Amazing!"
"The sweet potato pieces and pumpkin chunks add the right amount of sweet."
"Do you have a copy of the recipe?"

My take is that it is very good, quite tasty and not too hot. I didn't miss the meat, much.

Sorry for the plain presentation, but I almost forgot to get a picture. Good thing I remembered, because all I brought home was an empty pot and dirty ladle.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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Great food doesn't need a fancy presentation! That looks great!
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:57 PM   #3
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Thank you, Barbara! I will be making this again.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:21 AM   #4
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Looks and sounds brilliant Fiona
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A royal feast, your Ogreness! Well done!
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Thank you Fiona :) Hubby's off to Durban for work next week, this will be a lovely veggie curry for me and the kids to eat while he's away!
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Yum Fi! Sounds great, looks good too, never would have thought to make a chili with pumpkin!
Kudos to you and your "thinking cap" :-)
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Yum Fi! Sounds great, looks good too, never would have thought to make a chili with pumpkin!
Kudos to you and your "thinking cap" :-)
+1!
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:23 PM   #9
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Thank you! It was fun combining two contests to make one dish.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:29 PM   #10
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I've always stayed away from chilli I was afraid of HEAT!!! you got me when someome said it was not HOT!!! I'll make it for dh and me soon Thanks Fi
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