(Family Features) When there's a chill in the air, nothing warms better than a bowl of chili. It's true that many chilis require long, slow cooking, but luckily not all do. This comforting, one-pot meal can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Savory and satisfying, the base for this chili is simple: a can of Southwestern Bean Salad. Seasoned with a hint of heat and chili powder, this canned combo of black beans, kidney beans, corn and hominy is a perfect chili starter. Adding lean, quick-cooking pork tenderloin or chicken breast, chopped tomato and bell pepper makes a top notch chili in no time.
Chili is just right for dinner on a busy weeknight, but is also a great dish for casual weekend entertaining. Set out sour cream, cilantro and shredded cheese for toppers and let guests help themselves to a hearty bowl. Pair with a corn muffin or tortilla chips to round out the menu.
A can of Southwestern Bean Salad is the start for many delicious options beyond chili. Of course, it's a ready-to-eat quick side dish - just open the can - but the possibilities are endless. Add chopped tomatoes and cilantro for a sassy salsa. Simmer with sautéed bell pepper and onion, and some vegetable broth for a scrumptious vegetarian soup. Or, for a zesty dip, puree it in the food processor leaving it slightly chunky.
For additional recipes and information about Southwestern Bean Salad, visit www.READsalads.com.