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Veggie Chili

by Ben on May 24th, 2010

When I first heard Michelle say “veggie chili” I was skeptical. Most meat eaters are wary of anything vegetarian which usually is done with meat. It violates a basic food tenant: don’t substitute, only reduce. (Or something along those lines.) Thousands of Indian dishes make the veggies front-and-center, instead of a “replacement”. But I digress. This is a wonderful, adaptable recipe. It handles a variety of veggies, and can sit around for a while or be done quick-like. It also heats up well with some cheese and lime slices.

Ingredients

  • butter
  • olive oil
  • red onion, divided
  • garlic
  • jalapeno
  • cumin
  • salt
  • red, orange and yellow bell peppers
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can red kidney beans with half of the bean liquid
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed
  • fresh tomatoes or 1 can fire roasted whole tomatoes, chopped
  • cilantro
  • cheese (usually jack)
  • fresh lime
Notes
  1. heat butter and olive oil in pan while you dice onions, garlic and jalapeno. as you finish chopping, toss in to saute (reserve half of the red onions)
  2. once everything is going, add in cumin and salt
  3. add in chopped bell peppers and saute for a minute before adding in the beans and tomatoes
  4. cook until ready to serve, at least 10 minutes
  5. add more cumin, if needed
  6. serve with cilantro, cheese and a squeeze of fresh lime
  7. heat butter and olive oil in pan while you dice onions, garlic and jalapeno. as you finish chopping, toss in to saute (reserve half of the red onions)
  8. once everything is going, add in cumin and salt
  9. add in chopped bell peppers and saute for a minute before adding in the beans and tomatoes
  10. cook until ready to serve, at least 10 minutes
  11. add more cumin, if needed
  12. serve with cilantro, cheese and a squeeze of fresh lime

Yield: 4 bowls of chili

We usually make a simple corn bread to go with it. When we are tight with time, we just use the Trader Joe’s corn bread. I’m loath to admit it, but it does well in a pinch.

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