Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

I found this recipe online a few months ago, and I've already made it a few times. I always change it up, adding whatever I had at home already. I suppose it could be made with ground beef instead of the veggie ground round... then it would just be chili. Haha.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
2 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian ground round
3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
2. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

~ I serve this with garlic bread on the side.

~ I'm excited to make this again, this weekend! I also plan on freezing half of it, in portions, for future meals!

1 comment:

  1. Yummy! Do you have a slow cooker? I have found that the slow cooker is the best for chili. Also, I've tried chili infused with dark chocolate - sounds odd but I found it quite appealing! Mmmm...I think I'm going to pull some out of my freezer to defrost.

    PS I've been stalking this blog for awhile, you guys are awesome :) I'm Ringy's friend