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Avocado Chili Recipe

01/21/2013 - 6 comments

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t like guacamole.

I know, I know. Who doesn’t like guacamole? Apparently I’m one of the only few people who doesn’t. But I realize that avocados have a ton of nutritional benefits so I wanted to be able use them as a part of our healthy diet.

Avocados have almost 20 essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need. These include potassium, folic acid, vitamin B, vitamin K, B-vitamins and phytonutrients. Plus avocados help your body absorb more fat-soluble nutrients and are a great source of the antioxidant lutein which is said to help maintain eyesight.

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Avocados from Mexico encourages you to include avocados as a part of your healthy diet by including them in your game day recipes this year. From appetizers and snacks to the main dish, you can incorporate healthy avocados into your game day – they taste great and no one will even know they are so good for you.

Their website has a wide range of different game day oriented recipes and the one that spoke to me the most was the Beef Chili with Avocado Recipe.

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I modified the recipe slightly. We used ground chicken instead of ground beef and added 2 whole avocados into the chili itself as well. We also used minced onion instead of a whole onion because of what we had on hand. For the original recipe visit the game day recipes section on the Avocados from Mexico page.

My modified version is below:

Avocado Chili Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound organic, free-range ground chicken
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, optional
  • Coarsely grated cheddar cheese, optional
  • 3 fully ripened avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
Instructions
  1. In large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add minced onions to saucepan; cook and stir until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add ground chicken, breaking into large chunks; cook and stir until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 of the avocados and mix into chicken until smooth. Add chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce. kidney beans, cilantro and salt; heat to boiling, reduce heat to low; simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. To serve, ladle chili into bowls; sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
  3. Top or serve with sliced avocados.

 

This turned out really good! I was skeptical because of my past experience with guacamole, but we all loved it. My son ate 4 bowls and ate it again for lunch the next day. The avocado chili recipe was definitely a big hit here!

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  • Reply Teresha 01/29/2013 at 10:23 am

    yum-o!

  • Reply Karen 01/29/2013 at 7:07 am

    I will have to try this. I have some grass fed ground sirloin I can use.

  • Reply Heather 01/23/2013 at 5:16 pm

    this looks amazing! I’m always perplexed by what to do with avocados!

  • Reply Shop with Me Mama 01/23/2013 at 5:02 pm

    LOVE this recipe! Going to try it out, thanks!

  • Reply Sara Phillips 01/22/2013 at 8:25 am

    I don’t LOVE chili, but that looks good! (PS: Cute bowl!)

    • Reply Kim 01/23/2013 at 2:03 pm

      Oh I LOVE Chili! The hotter the better but I don’t like it to be too chunky.

      Thanks! I pick up random single pieces for taking pictures. I love this one.