Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CHILI PASTA SKILLET MEAL

1 lb lean ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 can (15-oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2-oz) Mexican-style diced tomatoes, do not drain
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 can (4-oz) diced green chilies, drained
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese

In a large skillet cook the ground beef and onion over medium-high heat until the meat is browned.  Stir, using a large spoon to break up the meat as it cooks.  Drain well in a colander.

Return meat/onion mixture to the skillet after it has been wiped out with a paper towel.  Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, macaroni, chilies, chili powder, and garlic powder.  Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low.  Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until the macaroni is tender.  Stir often during the cooking time.

Remove skillet from the heat and sprinkle the cheese overall.  Let stand a couple of minutes for the cheese to melt.

Serves 4 to 6.

Note: This is also a good recipe for diabetics as the carbs and protein grams are almost equal per serving.

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