30 Minute Meals- Baked Potato Smothered in Homemade Bean Chilli- 290 calories

You’ve just arrived home from work, you’re too exhausted to cook… what do you do? Whip this quick meal up and pour yourself a glass of wine! It takes 30 minutes, but only about 10 minutes hands on. So get it started when you walk in the door, then kick off your shoes and unwind while it cooks away.

If you have a hungry husband or ravenous teenagers make it a baked potato bar and put out all the fixings. Greek yogurt, cheese, butter, chopped bacon, avocado slices, homemade chips, jalapeno, salsa, hot sauce….. whatever you can think of to top your chilli smothered baked potato with. If you are looking to drop weight stick with the below toppings, but of you have a hungry family make it fun for everyone and go BIG on the potato bar!

Makes 4 smothered baked potatoes

4 Russet Potatoes

1 tsp Garlic Oil (or olive oil and double up the garlic powder)

1/2 Yellow Onion chopped

1 Jalapeno Chopped-  remove all seeds and ribs for mild and none for hot

1 can Reduced Sodium Black Beans

1 can Reduced Sodium Pinto Beans drained

1 tbsp Tomato Paste

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp Dried Oregano

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Low Calorie Toppings-

Salsa

Greek Yogurt (use in place of Sour Cream)

Pickled or Fresh Jalapeno Rings

Hot Sauce

Fresh Cilantro

Here is how I make this in under 30 minutes:

Wash and pierce potatoes with fork, toss in microwave for 10 minutes and turn the oven up to 425

While the potatoes are in the microwave chop the onion and jalapeno. Then heat oil in a large skillet on medium high and add the onions cook for 5 minutes. Then add the jalapeno, cook for another 5 minutes and add black beans w/ the sauce they come in, the drained pinto beans, tomato paste, garlic powder, cumin, chilli powder and oregano. Reduce heat to medium low. At some point the potatoes will be done in the microwave and you can place them in the oven, right on the rack.

All right, that’s all the work! Pour yourself a glass of wine and relax for the next 20 minutes while the miracle of your oven and range do the rest of the work for you. Once or twice stir and smash the beans a little. When the 20 minutes is up remove the potatoes from the oven, slice down the middle and mound on some steaming hot chilli and some yummy toppings.

Each smothered potato has:

Calories: 290

Fat: 2

Fiber: 11

Protein: 12

Carbs: 60

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