Black Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

This is a simple – quick to make – chili recipe using chicken and black beans (adapted from the original “Chicken and Black Bean Chili” recipe from Save On Foods). The original recipe serves six, my adaptation serves 10 or more.  Also in my version, I add fresh mushrooms, kidney beans and a lot more tomato.

Ingredients

Meats and Veggies:

  • 4 cubed chicken breasts (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 hand-full of diced mushrooms (1.5 cups)
  • 1 diced large onion
  • 1 diced large carrot
  • 2 diced celery stalk
  • 4 garlic gloves, minced

Spices:

Cans (12 oz or 355 ml.):

Also:

  • Salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken
  • 4 tbsp of cooking oil for cooking the chicken pieces

Optional:

  • Sour Cream and Cilantro for garnish
  • Beer and biscuits for sides

Get cooking!

Steps:

  • Season the chicken (with salt and pepper) and then cut the chicken into small “bite size” pieces.
  • In a large soup pot (or sauce pan) cook the chicken in 3 tbsp of cooking oil.
  • Remove chicken when it’s cooked and set aside.
  • Add veggies (onion, carrot, celery), mushrooms, garlic and spices to the same pan and cook for about 10 minutes (stir as it cooks).
  • Add the canned tomatoes and bring to a boil, then simmer (simmer for about 20 minutes).
  • Add the beans and cooked chicken and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Taste.
  • The beans might need more time.
  • Taste.
  • Season.
  • Taste.
  • Serve.

Serve with:

  • More hot sauce.
  • Sour cream on the side.
  • Cilantro garnish.
  • Corn bread biscuits or corn bread muffins.
  • Beer.

Did this recipe work for you? Comment below and let me know.

ps/ if you like black beans, check-out my Simple Black Bean Soup recipe here.

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St. Patrick’s Day Jokes!

St. Patrick’s death occurred on either March 8th or 9th in 461 A.D. Church officials weren’t sure so they added them together and made it the 17th. Good thing it wasn’t March 28th or 29th…


Mike’s Top Five Worst St. Patrick’s Day Jokes.

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Lucky Charms – photo taken by Evan-Amos

#5. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Irish. Irish who? Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s day!

#4. Why did the leprechaun buy TWO lottery tickets? Dublin his odds!

#3. Why would you never iron a four-leaf clover? Because you shouldn’t press your luck.

#2. Why are leprechauns always asking for money? Because they’re always a little short before payday.

#1. Where does a leprechaun buy his suits? From a four leaf clothier.


Top Five Ways To Get in Trouble on St Patrick’s Day.

#5. Eat haggis, drink scotch and insist Scotland and Ireland are the same thing.

#4. Wear a button that says “Kiss me, I’m Iris”.

#3. Instead of wearing something green, wear something until it’s green.

#2. Go door to door – demanding candy.

#1. Re-introduce snakes to the island.


Ways to tell your neighbor might be a Leprechaun

#5. Always tries to cover up his Irish accent by saying things like “G’day Mate..”.

#4. Rainbow always seems to end in his backyard.

#3. Spends his summers planting clover along foothills blvd…

#2. Always wears green and he isn’t even from Saskatchewan.

#1. Always thinks everyone is after his Lucky Charms!

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NASA finds seven life-supporting planets only 40 light-years away

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Only a drawing, not an actual photograph of the Trappist-1 system. Drawing from: CNN Online

The headline: NASA finds seven life-supporting planets only 40 light-years away.

fyi: These seven planets are orbiting the dwarf star Trappist-1 and are very, very far awayyyy.

Things to know before you book your flight…

  1. These planets are at least 40 light-years away. So, very far away. Note: 1 Light Year = 9.5 trillion kilometers.
  2. Though they may be capable of supporting a basic life system, they may not have high-speed and may still be using dial-up.
  3. Because Trappist-1 is a dwarf star, you would receive 200 times less light than you do from our current Sun. So, pre-tanning: not necessary.
  4. Trappist-1 is quite a bit younger than our Sun and will likely continue for another trillion years after our Sun fades.
  5. If on your journey, you see Megatron, Loki and a bunch of Romulans, just mind your own business and don’t get involved.
  6. Did we mention, it’s very far awayyyy?!
Yes, very, very far awayyyy.
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Top five indications it is almost March

There are some obvious indications that March is almost here and there are some not so obvious indications — Mike’s top five less than obvious indications that it’s almost March.
#5. The squirrel in my backyard seems to be even more active than Jay Z, George Clooney, Mel Gibson and Rod Stewart right now!
#4. I notice I have a unique combination of soccer cleats, court shoes AND hockey skates in the back of the van.
#3. After meeting with the RRSP guy, I realize I’ve been mathematically eliminated from retirement. Again!
#2. Two cold sores and a chipped tooth later – I realizing not all cups are roll up the rim cups.
#1. Playing connect the dots with the rock chips on my windshield I can now create an entire stick-people family.

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It’s a Star Wars Valentine’s Day

jedi vdayIf you’ve been looking for love in Alderaan places, try a few of these powerful love-lines to reach the Jedi level of Romancery.

#5. Yoda one for me.
#5a. I love you with Maul my heart.
#4. I’ve been lookin’ for love in Alderaan places.
#4a. I find your lack of love disturbing.
#3. Our love will never Endor.
#3a. You R2 good for me.
#2. You’re the Obi-Won for me!
#2a. I love you. But you knew that.
#1. I’ve been Solo for too long.

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Groundhog Day!

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Three Cheese Hamburger Helper
Here are some facts about the Groundhog..

 

  • Groundhog is one word, not two.
  • Groundhogs live in Canada as well as the Eastern and Midwestern U.S..
  • They also go by the name ‘Woodchuck’.
  • They are a member of the Squirrel family.
  • Whiarton Willie has not always been Willie (in 1956 they started with Grundoon followed by Muldoon, Dandune and then Willie.).
  • An average Groundhog is two feet long and about ten pounds (that’s three boxes of Hamburger Helper).

 

Whether a Groundhog sees his shadow or not, the first day of Spring is March 20 – in 6 ½ weeks.

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They’re just not that into the #SuperBowl

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Go Eskimos!!

Not everyone is into the Super Bowl. Top five signs that someone is not really into the Super Bowl.

#5. Every time someone says the words “Super Bowl” they conjure up images of giant toilets and giggle to themselves.

#4. They awkwardly observe that if each touchdown is 7 points, they’re just like dog-year-points.

#3. They honestly think it has something to do with bowling.

#2. After the half-time show they get up from the couch, stretch, yawn and say “okay… so who’s up for that Gilmore Girls marathon on channel 21?”

#1. You shout “GO!”, they shout “Eskimos!”.

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Floss, polish and reclamation

Don’t you love going to the dentist for a cleaning? Your teeth feel so smooth and clean. You can go like this “thhhhhh” between every tooth.

We know we’re suppose to clean our teeth like that after every meal, but we don’t. It’s not that we can’t clean our own teeth or we don’t know how. It’s just better when someone else does it.

So, here’s my big idea…

How about we set up Floss N’ Go booths at the mall food court?

You finish your lunch, you pop in there and for like 5.99 they professionally floss your teeth and you get on with your day.

Maybe there could even be a 6.99 ‘floss and polish’ special too, or the 8.99 ‘floss, polish and reclamation’ special?

With the ‘floss, polish and reclamation’ special the “FPR”. They could baggy all the remnant food bits they collect from your mouth and you could take them home for the dog or for a snack for later. Okay… that’s gross.

Good idea?

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Friday the 13th. So?

Friday the 13th is a date considered to be bad luck in most of North American. Although most experts agree, there is no real evidence to support a “Friday the 13th” superstition and no real cause to fear the date.

The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen).

The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS), stated that “fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th.

Source: Wikipedia article

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Why you will not be able to keep your resolution

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from 4 years ago…

Top five reasons why you may not be able to keep your New Year’s resolution this year.

#5. Those patches don’t stick very well.

#4. You’re just the President and you really don’t have that much power if Congress won’t support your ideas.

#3. Everyone else is making it difficult for you to do it and that’s why you can never do anything with your life.

#2. That pesky hobbit stole your ring and now Sméagol is really ticked at you.

#1. You forgot you made a resolution this year and have already done it twice.

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