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Chafing Dish (or Crockpot) Chili

Winter parties call for a huge pot of chili with all the trimmings!

2 large onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons mild chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
5 cups bouillon (or bouillon + beer)
1 pound green lentils
1 cup uncooked oatmeal or bulgur
2 28-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30-40 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Turn off the heat and let it sit until ready to serve (or make ahead and refrigerate.)

Reheat and transfer to a chafing dish, crockpot or other buffet serving dish. Surround with mugs or small bowls with handles, and your choice of:

Optional serving accompaniments
Sour cream
Shredded cheese
Salsa - fresh or from a jar
Chopped cilantro
Red, green and yellow bell pepper slivers
Cooked whole grains
Bottled hot pepper sauce

10-12 servings

June 7th, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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