Southwest Skillet Dinner
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper -- chopped
2 cloves garlic -- minced
2 T chili powder
½ t salt
1 can tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn or 1½ C frozen corn
8 oz whole wheat elbow macaroni or other pasta, cooked
hot sauce to taste
Saute onion, green pepper, garlic, chili powder, salt, and cumin until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomatoes, breaking with spoon. Add kidney beans and corn; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss with elbows.
I added a pound of ground beef, and sauteed it along with the onion and garlic. I omitted the bell pepper, because Ken doesn't care for them. I left out the salt and hot sauce, because I'm trying my hardest to get us to cut down on our salt consumption <grin>, and I don't like things too spicy. I used rotini instead of elbows, and while I think I do have some whole wheat pasta down in the pantry (I'm trying to start using that, too, since it's better for us), I think this was just plain ol' pasta. I also added a bit of cheese on top, and I know that's not the healthiest thing to do, but you'll get my cheese when you pry it out of my cold dead fingers!
I thought it was pretty tasty, and Ken said he liked it, too. There's enough left for a lunch for him on Monday. I think it's pretty economical, too, even if you double it for a family. It was nice to be able to cook this on the stovetop on a hot day, instead of having to use the oven! Lately, I'm just loving anything that includes rice and/or beans. (Come to think of it, I bet this would be good using rice instead of pasta.) Am I hankering for New Orleans or something? Heck, yeah!
Do you all use cumin? I never did until Ken's Mom told me about it several years ago and sent some home with me after a visit. I just love it now, and never make a Mexican dish or southwestern dish without it. The chili powder and cumin are very mild, but add a nice spice to this dish, and as Deb suggested, if you want more heat, add the hot sauce or some cayenne pepper.
If you give this a try, let me know what you think.