When I found this recipe on the Weight Watchers site I was pretty excited to try my hand at making it myself and as soon as I tasted it I knew WW got it right. I ended up making it with lean ground beef instead of ground chicken like the recipe originally called for and I omitted adding water because I wanted it thick. I was a tiny bit worried about putting in 6 whole Tbsp of chili powder but it turned out perfect. It’s got just the right amount of heat to it and the flavors all come together really well. I already can’t wait to make this again!
Source: Adapted from weightwatchers.com
2 tsp canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, seeded and chopped
3 medium garlic cloves, chopped
4 oz chopped green chilies, canned, mild
6 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1 pound uncooked 95% lean ground beef
14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 cup salsa, mild, chunky
8 oz canned tomato sauce
4 c cooked wheat spaghetti
1/2 c low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes. Add in the chiles, chili powder, cocoa, cumin, cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Stir to combine and cook about 1 minute. Add ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes with their liquid, salsa and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the flavors blend and the chili thickens slightly, about 1 hour.
3. Serve layered with ½ cup of spaghetti at the bottom, a scant cup of chili over it and 1T of shredded cheddar cheese on top for each serving.
Yields 8 servings. Weight Watchers Points Plus: 6 per serving