Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa. Make it a Meal: Serve with fresh cilantro, red onion and Monterey Jack. Add your favorite hot sauce.

From EatingWell: January/February 2008
Yield: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound 93%-lean ground beef
  2. 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  6. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  8. 1 16-ounce jar green salsa, green enchilada sauce or taco sauce
  9. 1/4 cup water
  10. 1 15-ounce can pinto or kidney beans, rinsed

Preparation

  1. Cook beef, bell pepper and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne; cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Stir in salsa (or sauce) and water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in beans and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 307 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 6 g fiber; 516 mg sodium; 641 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (100% daily value), Vitamin A & Zinc (40% dv), Folate (20% dv), Potassium (18% dv).

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat