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Winning Tanka recipe comes from an old friend

August 26, 2013

Winning Tanka recipe comes from an old friend
We recently had a contest where we asked all of you to enter a recipe using Tanka products. Turns out the winning recipe belongs to our friend Marco Frucht. Marco is from Connecticut and is a poet, songwriter, folksinger and classical guitarist who is a big fan of Tanka Bar. He participated in early test marketing for our products.

We posted the all of the recipe photos and instructions for each entry last week to our Facebook page for voting. Marco used a lot of his social media savvy to drive people to the Facebook page to vote. He won out and with a recipe we are pretty familiar with -- Marco's Sweet Tanka Chili. We've posted it before and now it is award-winning!

Marco wins some Tanka goodies for getting the most votes and you get to learn how to make his famous Sweet Tanka Chili below. Enjoy and congratulations, Marco!

Marco's Sweet Tanka Chili Recipe

4 T. olive oil *
1 white onion, finely chopped
1 T. paprika
2 large red peppers
1 bell pepper
4 garlic cloves, chop finely
1 bag Tanka Bites, cutting some of them just a little tinier than they
already are.

Saute these first ingredients (in order of appearance) in a frying pan.

IN A LARGE CROCK POT OR SLOW COOKER

4 more T. of olive oil
1 can tomato paste
2 cups water
2 small slices of fresh ginger, chop fine
2 t. ground cumin
1 t. cayenne *
1 jalapeno *
1/2 sweet potato chopped fine *
1/2 sweet potato solid (for cutting down on saltiness)
2 cans organic black beans *
1 bay leaf

Bring water to a rolling boil, add tomato paste, change heat to medium, add
all the sauteed ingredients, then add everything else. change heat to
simmer.

*Extra virgin cold press oil if possible. If you're cooking for children
go easier on the hot stuff. I've soaked and boiled dry beans but it
doesn't add a huge flavor or texture difference for this recipe.

Cut the sweet potato in half and dice up the other half to add in to pot.

Simmer the solid half in the pot the whole time; remove it along with
the bay leaf about 10 minutes before serving. This takes away the
saltiness from the tomato paste can and the dried cranberries that are
already part of the Tanka Bites.

If you like it much thicker you can use one more bag of Tanka Bites or
you could keep mixing in some commercial chili powder each time you stir
until you're happy with the texture.

If you like things extra sweet, you could add 2 small blocks of dark chocolate, 1 cinnamon stick or a teaspoon of local honey.

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