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Monday, January 12, 2015

Hearty Vegetarian Chili



The best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & Lemonade


This delicious Fall chili is so hearty that nobody even notices that it is meatless!  Perfect for football season, crisp fall days, or a warm meal after a long afternoon of playing in the leaves.





This chili tastes even better the next day.  Make up a batch and keep it in the fridge for dinner tomorrow...if you can resist that long!



HEARTY VEGETARIAN CHILI


 INGREDIENTS

3 Tablespoons cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 onions, roughly chopped
1 carrot, diced
3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/3 bottle of beer (amber beer is best)
2 large cans (28 oz) of tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) pinto beans
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans
1 can (15 oz) northern beans
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 Tablespoons ketchup

DIRECTIONS

Place the spices in a cast-iron or heavy-bottomed pot and heat on medium until they're fragrant, about two minutes.  Then add the onion, carrot, garlic, olive oil, and Worcestershire and stir together.  Cook until the onions start to soften, about 5 minutes.



The best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & LemonadeThe best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & Lemonade


Add the beer and simmer for a few minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.  Then add the tomatoes and beans.  It is important to rinse the beans before adding them to the chili - this helps make them easier to digest.


The best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & LemonadeThe best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & Lemonade




Mix everything together well and cover the pot with a lid.  Cook on low for at least 30 minutes.  The longer it simmers together the deeper the flavors get - I like to cook it for an hour or two. 

When it is time to serve, top the chili with shredded cheddar cheese.  Our favorite is to add cubes of avocado and a pinch of cilantro on top - its so good!  It is also perfect served with slices of cornbread.

Enjoy!




The best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & Lemonade





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