Friday, October 24, 2008

vegetarian chili.

As much as I have faith in myself as being a good baker, I have never prided myself on being the most amazing cook. People have frequently complimented my dinners, but if I didn't follow recipes exactly, I would be completely lost. I am not one to quickly throw amazing meals together with just a few ingredients and I am not very inventive when it comes to "real food" (as opposed to food that has a high percentage of sugar). That being said, there are two things I can generally always make well without a recipe: lasagna and chili. I think this is mainly due to the fact that I have made both of them more times than I can possibly count so I know the processes like the back of my hand.

Today was one of those days when the morning seemed to so quickly turn into the afternoon. Alice and I were meeting to discuss future plans for this site (food groups, side pages, features, ads, etc.) and time seemed to be passing by at a fast speed. Suddenly our stomachs were growling, but since the children were well-behaved and occupied, we wanted to continue to get our "work" done (I put work in parenthesis because some might argue using that term to discuss the process of blogging). So, I hurried through the kitchen and decided to throw together a pot of chili, something that generally only takes me a few minutes. It was done and on the table within thirty minutes, making our mouths happy and our bellies warm.

Please keep in mind, this is a very loose recipe. Chili is quite forgiving and can be made many different ways, so feel free to throw in whatever you would like (real meat, faux meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, grains, etc.)

Vegetarian Chili


2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can (28 ounces) crushed or diced tomatoes
2 cans (15 ounces each) of beans, drained - black, garbanzos, kidney, and/or pinto
1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained or 1 cup frozen or fresh
2-3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional- depends on how spicy you like it)
1/2-1 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1-2 cups water or stock, depending on how liquidy/thick you like it


Heat olive oil over medium-high in a large pot or saucepan. Add onions and garlic and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, and corn. Bring to a boil and add chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, if using, salt, and pepper, and water or stock. Stir well. Turn heat down and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serve topped with your favorite chili toppings. My favorites are leeks or onions, grated cheese, sour cream, toasted pumpkin seeds, and, surprise, chocolate chips.


VeggieGirl said...

I try to be a good baker...

I'll have a bowl (or two) of that chili, please!! :0)

Jesse said...

OK, on the list of foods that stump me that probably shouldn't is chili. I'm willing to admit my standards may be impossibly high. I will definitely try this!

Chocolatesa said...

The chocolate chips aren't all that surprising. I've seen a recipe for chili once that uses cocoa.

just me said...

I think I'll make that.

I bet I could eat it for at least 2 weeks in a row.

Sara Leah said...

Thank you!

Karen said...

wow, i made mine last week almost *exactly* the same way!! try folding in one cup of textured vegetable protein flakes. and top with Vegenaise. amazing! i'm thinking ... this is a good, easy, cheap party recipe too ... just makes up a huge pot and set out tortilla chips and different toppings. presto fun!

Heather said...

oh, i'll take a bowl, too! that looks good!!

The Fabulous One said...

Well, I was just about to start my chili and corn bread and there you go, anticipating me and everything. Is there anything like a good bowl of chili?

Stephanie said...

chocolate chips. Now that's one I have to try.

The Fabulous One said...

Instead of water, I used a can of V8 (the spicy kind, since I bought it and then no one would drink it) and it came out really nice. I also got a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, it added a really nice smoky-ness.

Michelle said...

Of course it's work! :-)
I do love your site design. Been meaning to figure out how to modify these templates...

misstiffie said...

I've been obsessed with the thought of making chili lately, your recipe looking amazing!!! I'm totally using it soon!!!! :] Thanks!! That looks delicious!!! And mm I wanna try it with some chocolate chips :]

Kiki said...

mmmm.. chili sounds so good right now :) and I have never heard of the chocolate chips but now I am curious.
I think you ladies should write a book.. or teach a cooking class. Your food and photos make me drool and I am live Portlandand would definitly support either of those ideas.
Good luck!

Lovebird said...

I am going to make this tonight. Thanks for the receipe it looks wonderful!

thebigapple05 said...

your chili is THE SHIT

Maris said...

I love making different kinds of chili! Thanks for posting - I'm going to add this to my "must try" list!