Beef and Chorizo Chili

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Ingredients
Total Recipe Time:  45 to 50 minutes
Makes 4 to 6 servings


1 pound Ground Beef (95% lean)
7 to 8 ounces beef chorizo
1-1/2 cups chopped white onions
2 to 4 medium serrano peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons ground ancho chili powder or regular chili powder
2 tablespoons masa harina or cornmeal
1 tablespoon dried Mexican or regular oregano leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) garbanzo beans or pinto beans, rinsed, drained
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
Hot cooked rice (optional)


Toppings:
Sliced radishes, crumbled queso fresco, dairy sour cream, sliced green onions, Creamy Avocado Dressing (recipe follows) (optional)
Instructions
1.Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, chorizo, onions and peppers; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; pour off drippings. Return beef to skillet.
2.Add chili powder, masa harina, oregano and salt; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in beans and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes before serving.
3.Serve over rice with toppings, if desired.
 
Creamy Avocado Dressing:
Cut 1 medium ripe avocado into chunks. Place avocado, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, 1 peeled clove garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt in blender container. Cover; process until smooth.  (May be prepared up to 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)


Cook's Tip:  Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

Cook's Tip:  To control the level of spicy heat, remove and discard some or all of the seeds and membranes from the serrano peppers.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving (1/4 of recipe): 646 calories; 29 g fat (1 g saturated fat; 12 g monounsaturated fat); 119 mg cholesterol; 2455 mg sodium; 47 g carbohydrate; 8.8 g fiber; 5 g protein; 9.4 mg niacin; 0.8 mg vitamin B6; 3.2 mcg vitamin B12; 7 mg iron; 28.8 mcg selenium; 7.8 mg zinc.


This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of protein.


Nutrition information per serving (1/6 of recipe): 431 calories; 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat); 8 mg cholesterol; 1636 mg sodium; 32 g carbohydrate; 5.9 g fiber; 33 g protein; 6.3 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.2 mcg vitamin B12; 4.7 mg iron; 19.2 mcg selenium; 5.2 mg zinc.


This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.
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