03 December 2007

recipe: smoky veggie chili (with meat add-in option)

Once the weather gets cooler, I love to make this chili. It's hearty, quick, and warming, and the chipotle and roasted tomatoes give it a nice smoky flavor. I usually invite people over because this recipe makes quite a bit! Or else just freeze some leftovers for later. I like to serve this alongside some short-grain brown rice or fresh cornbread. If you'd like, ground meat can easily be added. I included a recipe suggestion for preparing ground turkey.

Recipe: Smoky Veggie Chili
Serves 10-12
2 medium yellow onions, chopped (= 3 heaping cups)
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped (= 1 1/2 cups)
4 stalks of celery, peeled and chopped (= 1 1/2 cups)
1 large bell pepper, any color, diced (= 1 cup)
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
3 T extra virgin olive oil
4 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
2 t ground coriander
2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
2 t adobo sauce from canned chipotle
2 15 oz. cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 28 oz. can of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes (like Muir Glen brand)
1 28 oz. can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 t sea salt, plus more to taste
3 T molasses or honey or preferred sweetener, to taste (optional)
1/4 c chopped cilantro (optional)

Note: You could substitute whatever canned beans you have handy for this. Pinto, navy, cannelini, and chickpeas would all work well with this dish. Adjust the amount of chipotle to your preferred spiciness level.

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and bell pepper, stirring to combine. Sweat together for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic. Sweat for another minute.

2. Add the chili powder, cumin, coriander, chipotle, and adobo. Stir to evenly combine for an additional 1-2 minutes. If your pot is getting a bit dry, add a few tablespoons of water as necessary.

3. Stir in the beans, crushed and diced tomatoes, and salt. Once the chili begins to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low. Taste to adjust seasonings. Add the molasses and cilantro. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Remove from heat and serve topped with chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, and/or sour cream.

Ground Turkey Add-In
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 lb lean ground turkey, or other ground meat
2 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
2 t ground coriander
1 T sea salt, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the turkey until nearly cooked through, then add all of the spices. Stir to incorporate. Add the meat to the chili pot at the beginning of the 10 minute simmer.

1 comment:

kelsey said...

been looking at all your recipes and drooling! can't wait to try some!!!

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