I don’t like guacamole.
I know, I know. Who doesn’t like guacamole? Apparently I’m one of the only few people who doesn’t. But I realize that avocados have a ton of nutritional benefits so I wanted to be able use them as a part of our healthy diet.
Avocados have almost 20 essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need. These include potassium, folic acid, vitamin B, vitamin K, B-vitamins and phytonutrients. Plus avocados help your body absorb more fat-soluble nutrients and are a great source of the antioxidant lutein which is said to help maintain eyesight.
Avocados from Mexico encourages you to include avocados as a part of your healthy diet by including them in your game day recipes this year. From appetizers and snacks to the main dish, you can incorporate healthy avocados into your game day – they taste great and no one will even know they are so good for you.
Their website has a wide range of different game day oriented recipes and the one that spoke to me the most was the Beef Chili with Avocado Recipe.
I modified the recipe slightly. We used ground chicken instead of ground beef and added 2 whole avocados into the chili itself as well. We also used minced onion instead of a whole onion because of what we had on hand. For the original recipe visit the game day recipes section on the Avocados from Mexico page.
My modified version is below:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 tablespoon minced onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 pound organic free-range ground chicken
- 2 to 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 can 15 ounces kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro optional
- Coarsely grated cheddar cheese optional
- 3 fully ripened avocado from Mexico halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
- In large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add minced onions to saucepan; cook and stir until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add ground chicken, breaking into large chunks; cook and stir until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in 2 of the avocados and mix into chicken until smooth. Add chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce. kidney beans, cilantro and salt; heat to boiling, reduce heat to low; simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- To serve, ladle chili into bowls; sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
- Top or serve with sliced avocados.
This turned out really good! I was skeptical because of my past experience with guacamole, but we all loved it. My son ate 4 bowls and ate it again for lunch the next day. The avocado chili recipe was definitely a big hit here!
Which avocado recipe will you be including in your game day menu?