Ingredient Smack Down

A reader on my website had a great idea. She suggested that Lisa and I take an out of the ordinary ingredient and then have a little challenge to see what we each come up with. In her comment she suggested Tater-Tots. So this week, Lisa and I will be on a mission to each create a recipe using Tater-Tots.

Now we want a suggestion for next week. Make sure it's something uncommon, or out of the ordinary but do keep it reigned in a little, remember we are making food that people actually want, and no one wants an anchovy or sardine cheese burger right?

So lets have it, what is your best suggestion for next weeks Smack Down?

Slow Cooked Three Bean Turkey Chili

2 1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
1-15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1-15 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
3-14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with jalapenos
1 large onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. In a skillet, cook turkey or beef with onions, garlic and bell pepper. Cook over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
2. Transfer to a slow cooker. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4 hours. Serve topped with cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream, tortilla chips or your favorite toppings.

NOTE: This is not spicy. Too kick it up add some cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper.