Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Last Friday night, I cooked up this delicious pot of veggie chili, and here it’s Tuesday and Jeff’s already requested an encore even after he ate the leftovers all weekend.

It’s that good folks. Let me say it again, this chili has no trace of flesh and it is absolutely to die for.

You won’t miss the meat, okay? I promise.

Aside from the flavor and the nose dripping spiciness, what’s so awesome about this recipe is that almost all the ingredients are incredibly common and cheap, and it is so gosh darn healthy. The only exception to the common ingredients is the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. But, I live in bland Indiana and I found them in the international food aisle at Meijer for a buck. So I’m sure that’s a good sign for most of you out there. Also, since this is a Whole Foods recipe,  they probably sell the ingredient as well.

Even if you aren’t a veg, I’ll bet all the frozen chicken in my mother-in-law’s freezer this will make it into your regular meal rotation.

Spicy Vegetarian Chili
Adapted from Whole Foods

2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped chipotles in adobo (I used 3 chilies from the can)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, peppers and garlic and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until vegetables are softened but not browned. Add chipotles, oregano, cumin, chili powder and salt. Stir to blend. Add tomatoes and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil then gently simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Add beans and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Garnish individual bowls with green onions or sour cream, if desired.


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