Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chunky Veggie Pumpkin Chili

PER SERVING (1 cup): 3 Points+
131 calories, 1g fat, 515mg sodium, 25g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 6.5g protein 

The recipe: "Hungry Girl 1-2-3", pages 176 - 177

I have been pretty fortunate that out of all the many recipes I have made for this blog, there have only been a small number that I did not care for.  This recipe is one of them.  It did not taste good at all.

While putting all of the ingredients into the crock pot, I was already a little skeptical about how the pumpkin would taste in it.  But, there have been other recipes that had pumpkin added to it that turned out great.  You actually can’t really taste the pumpkin, since it gets lost amongst the other flavors in the chili.  What you do taste, however, is the pumpkin pie spice.  That alone is what ruined this recipe for me. 

The pumpkin pie spice just doesn’t work in this chili.  It is a fairly spicy chili, which I am okay with, but that heat along with the pumpkin pie spice is just too big of a contrast.  When I taste pumpkin pie spice, I think of sweet things, such as pumpkin lattes, eggnog, and, of course, pumpkin pie.  I definitely don’t think of a hot and spicy chili, which is why I think it was just plain gross to me.  I even went back to try it again several hours later, just to see if the flavors tasted better after having sat for a while, but it was no better.

The most unfortunate part of this recipe, besides it being pretty much inedible, is that there is so much of it.  I now have 11 cup-size servings of something I really don’t like.  I hate throwing away food, but I dislike this so much that I may actually have to put this down the drain.  I had my husband taste it just to be sure that it wasn’t just me, and he actually spit out his one bite. 

There are other Hungry Girl chili recipes that are much better.  Definitely skip this one!

1 comment:

  1. I can relate to the spice not being right. I have been disappointed in the past when I ordered an Alfredo dish that was loaded with nutmeg. Ugh. I don't order that dish anymore but it's very yummy if you leave out that spice. :)