Now is your chance!!! As the summer slowly creeps in and the cool weather fades… now is your last chance to sneak in a warm, hearty bowl of chili!!! You can even freeze this recipe and save it for BBQs. Top off your veggie burgers and veggie dogs with some chili… You can even get some bread and just eat a chili sandwich for the messiest/veggiest Sloppy Joe imaginable. In this recipe I used dry beans (canned beans are just as effective) and threw in literally whatever veggies I had. One of the things that I love about chili is that you can literally throw it in the pot and it basically cooks itself. Check it out!
A savory chili to eat all year round
- 2 cups of dried beans of your choice (kidney, black, pinto, garbanzo) OR 3 cans of drained beans
- 1 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 1/2 cup chopped peppers (other vegetable ideas include corn, carrots, broccoli, spinach, or potatoes)
- 1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 can diced tomatoes (steer clear of any Italian flavors)
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 1/2 packages of vegan chili powder (if you want the recipe to homemade vegan chili powder let me know!)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- vegetable broth
Optional: You can brown some veggie ground to make the chili more hearty but you will need more seasoning. Adding jalapenos or cilantro will also add an interesting twist.
- Pour a 1/2 cup of vegetable broth into a large pot.
- Add onions and cook until soft and fragrant.
- Now add all other vegetables including the cooked/canned beans, garlic, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste.
- Now the all of the seasonings.
- Let the chili simmer with the lid on for approximately 10 minutes.
- TASTE YOUR FOOD.
- If you want the chili flavor to be stronger add chili powder, if you want to bring out the flavor add salt (garlic salt is a good option), and freak the recipe to be just how you want it. If you want a thinner chili, add more vegetable broth.
- Simmer some more (30 minutes)
- TASTE AGAIN. And repeat until you get it how you like. The longer it simmers the more the flavor will transform.