It’s that time of year. Chili time.
I had been craving chili. I was looking for a recipe that would be filling, vegetarian (actually vegan without the toppings), easy to throw together, and healthy. Guess what? I found it.
I served this to my sister and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend said it was the best chili he had ever had. I took that as a huge compliment. Hopefully you will feel the same way.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil***I used canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped fine ( about 1 cup)
1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped fine (about 1 1/4 cups)
8 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cumin seeds***I used just plain ground cumin
3 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups water
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 cups canned beans, drained and rinsed***I used 1 can of red kidney beans and 1 can of black beans
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
Sour cream, optional
1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until about shimmering.
2. Add the onion and cook until translucent and slightly softened, about 3 minutes.
3. Add the red pepper and cook until it and the onion are soft and slightly browned around the edges, about 3 minutes.
4. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
5. Push the vegetables to the perimeter of the pot so that the center of the pot is clear.
6. Sprinkle the cumin seeds (or ground cumin) into the center of pot and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
7. Stir the cumin and vegetables together and let cook until the cumin is fragrant, about 1 minute.
8. Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir to coat the vegetables. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
9. Add 2 cups water and stir well to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
10. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
11. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, and brown sugar, and bring back to a simmer. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 25 minutes.
12. Add the beans and corn and stir gently to incorporate.
13. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in salt, cilantro, and lime juice immediately before serving.
Source: Soups and Stews