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Super Bowl Recipes: Lighter Turkey and White Bean Chili Nachos

healthier white chili nachosSuper Bowl 2011 is coming up fast! Before me and the Hungry Papa had kids, every year we hosted a super bowl party. It was a great excuse to get friends together and splurge on nachos, chicken wings and beer.

We eat differently now than we did when we were in our 20′s, and then there’s the whole matter of kids. (Beer’s not good for them.) But that doesn’t mean we don’t still love chicken wings or beer. Nachos are certainly still a favorite. We just do these foods differently now. We do them family style.

What’s that mean? In our house, it’s a simple matter of lightening things up, using whole (and organic when possible) ingredients and putting a healthy twist on recipes without giving flavor. So nachos are still a go, just made lighter and healthier by my Turkey and White Bean Chili.

The chili can be made up to 2 days ahead of time or on nacho — I mean, Super Bowl — day. Once you have a batch whipped up:

1. On a broiler safe platter, layer chili with your favorite hearty tortilla chips (thin ones will get soggy). If serving to little ones, consider using lightly salted chips; there will be plenty of flavor in these without the extra salt!

2. Sprinkle chips and chili with shredded monterey jack and/or cheddar and broil until cheese is melted and browned in spots.

3. Top nachos with your favorite condiments. I like a combination of diced fresh tomato, sour cream, very thinly sliced fresh jalapeno, chopped scallions and cilantro.

4. Serve, share, enjoy. Oh, yea, and watch the game! Gooooo… who’s playing again?!

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