Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vegetarian Chili

People have been asking me to share my recipe for vegetarian chili, and I'm finally getting around to doing so.  This is probably the most often made meal in our home.  Even my carnivore teenage son loves it (but I have to run the blender through it to get rid of the "chunks" before he'll eat it).  When you blend this chili with an immersion blender or food processor it makes a great topping for fries!

Vegetarian Chili

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can of black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can of dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 can of cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1 qt. tomatoes w/ juice (I use home canned tomatoes, but store bought is fine)
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. chili powder
salt & pepper to taste 

In a dutch oven or large pot heat oil, then add onions and peppers.  Cook for about 5 minutes, then add garlic.  Cook for about a minute, then add beans, tomatoes, water, chili powder, salt & pepper.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. 

Variations:  add corn, black-eyed peas, hot peppers, hot sauce, 
Optional toppings:  shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, crumbled cornbread 

You can't have chili without cornbread, so plan to make some of that too.  
Maybe I'll share a cornbread recipe next time.

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