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chili spud

I have to admit that my inspiration comes from a lot of different places and this one came from a television show. Something about this dish made me what it right away. While it took a few weeks to actually get around to recreating the recipe, it was worth it. Warm and comforting, this dish was really delicious. And if you have leftover chili, it makes pulling this dish together even easier. I loved the warmth of the dish from the potato and the chili (which helps to melt the cheese) combined with the coolness of the sour cream and the crispness of the lettuce. It’s a very hearty meal for sure, but it would also be great as an appetizer if you used small baking potatoes instead.

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/4 small onion, finely diced
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 pound ground beef

1/2 15-ounce can tomato sauce

1/4 teaspoon cumin, or to taste

1/8 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste

1/8 tablespoon cayenne powder, or to taste

1 potato
1/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup chopped lettuce
1 plum tomato, diced
1-2 tablespoons sour cream, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 5-7 minutes, until onion is softened. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add ground beef and stir together. When beef is cooked through, drain off excess grease from pan. Add tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and cayenne and stir to combine. Let simmer on low heat for about 1 hour. Adjust seasonings if necessary.
4. Meanwhile, poke a few holes into potato with a fork. Bake potato for about 1 hour until fork tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut a thin layer lengthwise across top of potato (discard top skin). Open up potato and add chili on top of potato. Top with cheese, followed by lettuce and tomato. Finish with sour cream and serve warm.

Serves 1.


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