Chorizo & Vegetable Chili in Cheesy Grits Bowls

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Pre-Notes

    I usually double this recipe and use half diced tomatoes and half fire roasted tomatoes.

    As of the time of writing this, I am able to purchase frozen fire-roasted corn at Whole Foods.

Ingredients

    Chili

  1. 2 T canola oil
  2. 1 lb fresh Mexican chicken chorizo, casing removed and crumbled
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  5. 1 zucchini, seeded and chopped
  6. 1 1/2 small to medium jalapeno chili peppers, ribs and seeds removed, chopped
  7. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  8. salt
  9. pepper
  10. 2 T chili powder, regular, Hatch or ancho
  11. 1 T ground cumin
  12. 1 T ground coriander
  13. 2 c chicken broth
  14. 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes or crushed fire-roasted tomatoes with juice
  15. 2 ears corn, grilled and kernels scraped from the cob, or 2 c frozen, fire-roasted kernels, thawed
  16. 1 (14 oz) can black or red beans, rinsed and drained
  17. Grits

  18. 1 c quick cooking grits
  19. 2 c chicken broth
  20. 1 c water
  21. 8 oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (2 c)
  22. chopped green onions, for garnish
  23. avocado, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat
  2. Add the chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onion, red pepper, zucchini, jalapenos and garlic; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Partially cover and cook until the vegeatables soften, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder, cumin, and coriander and stir 1 minute.
  6. Add 2 c chicken broth, the tomatoes, corn, and beans. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until the chili thickens, 10 minutes.
  7. Grits

  8. In large saucepan, combine chicken broth, and water. Bring to a boil.
  9. Stir in grits, reduce heat to medium low, and cover.
  10. Cook 5 to 7 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  11. Stir in cheese.
  12. Serving

  13. Serve chili over top of grits.
  14. Sprinkle on green onions for color.
Serves: 6
Course: Entree,Lunch
Type of Food: Chili
Ethnicity/Origin: Mexican
Key Ingredient: Chorizo,Grits,Bell Peppers,Zucchini,Jalapeno Peppers,Tomatoes,Corn,Beans,Cheese
Difficulty: 2 - Medium
Make Ahead: Yes,Partial
Prep Method: Stovetop
Themes/Holidays: Tailgate

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