CHILI – goodness, gracious, great bowls of fire!

Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.
Harry James

Hi there,

By August my heart starts to yearn for winter comfort food. The summer heatwave in New Jersey has made me crave those foods even earlier this year. When the temperature dropped to the seventies this week, out came the slow cooker.

I decided I would make chili for dinner but I wanted to see if I could make it a smidge healthier. Since I have become very fond of the chicken and tofu lettuce wraps ( for dinner, I decided to try a chili riff on those two ingredients. It was delicioso and I think a little bit healthy.


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 block of firm tofu shredded
  • 1 chopped yellow pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of harrisa paste
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic paste
  • 3 teaspoons of Thai Kitchen red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 bunch of chopped scallions
  • 2 roasted corn cobs, kernels removed
  • 1/4 lb of Trader Joe’s cheddar melange
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 can of Rotelle diced tomatoes and green chilis
  • 2 small cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can of beer


In my slow cooker I:

  • browned the scallions, yellow pepper, and chicken along with the garlic, harissa, oregano, cumin, cinnamon,red curry paste, and shredded sweet potato
  • I then added the beans, Rotelle, diced tomatoes, and soy sauce
  • I dialed the slow cooker to low and set it for 5 hours
  • After 5 hours I added the tomatoes paste, 1/2 can of beer, corn kernels, and shredded tofu
  • I turned the temperature to high for 1 hour
  • I served it with the chopped avocado and shredded cheese.
  • this recipe makes 6 ample or 8 ordinary servings

Cooks Notes: as you can see, I didn’t add any additional salt and used Tofu in place of additional ground chicken. I think it made it relatively healthy.

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