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Smart Food: Potluck of Produce, Chili Vegetable Ragout

Fresh local produce is something a Smart Mama LOVES!  I’m sure you all agree!  Whether you’re at a local farmer’s market, partake in a farm-share or have a great produce department at your grocery store, the freshness of good produce is something we all want for our families.

My near 5 year old has developed a recent fascination with red peppers.  I need to jump on this before the fascination turns to disgust like asparagus did last month.  (I’m sure I’m not the only mother dealing with a stubborn eater!)  This locally grown veggie is great at summertime.  It’s perfect for grilling, adding to kabobs and including in salads.

As we transition from summertime schedules to the school routine, I continue to look for recipes that are not only are healthy and easy to make, but they must be yummy too. During a recent trip to Publix Isabella had a blast helping me pick out some produce, including lots of peppers, to put into our cart!   With my iPhone in hand I searched for recipes that could use the peppers.  On HormelFoodsRecipes.com I found a PERFECT one, Chili Vegetable Ragout!  This dish uses her favorite veggie corn, Hormel chili with no beans, her new favorite pepper and a few additional ingredients!  I showed her the picture and she was thrilled.  We picked up the remaining ingredients.  We were both so excited to make the dish!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (we used one red & one green)
  • 2 red potatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can Cajun-style stewed tomatoes, undrained (I used fresh tomatoes instead.)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Hormel® Chili No Beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, potatoes and garlic; sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until bell peppers are just tender.
  2. Stir tomatoes into skillet; cover. Reduce heat; simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in corn, chili and Creole seasoning; simmer until heated thoroughly. Sprinkle with cilantro.

This ragout came out delicious!  She loved it, and that is what’s most important.  It was such a simple yet yummy recipe, something Smart Mamas need in their toolbox.  It’s a perfect dish for potlucks!

Do you have a recipe that is both yummy and easy for Smart Mamas?  Email me and I’ll post it here!  {SmartyPantsMama at gmail . com}

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Disclosure: I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended BloggerProgram and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiments stated are my own.

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