I had really intended to write this post a few weeks back when we had that really cold, windy snap. But, as usual, life got in the way. So file it away for next fall, or be like us and eat it all year long anyway because you’re a chili fan.
Chili is one of those basic basics in life that, for many of us, is just pure animal instinct. So, recipe, schmeshipe. Gather together on your counter:
- Canned Bush’s Best Chili Beans (hot or mild)
- Canned black beans
- Canned diced or crushed tomatoes
- Sweet yellow onion
- Bell peppers of any and all colors- green, yellow, red, orange, purple, whatever
- Maybe some celery
- Optional add-ins-any fresh veggie leftover chunks in your fridge- carrots, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.
- Garlic- fresh, paste, or jarred minced- whatever you have time for
- Cumin, oregano, chili powder, bay leaves, salt to taste
- Olive oil
- Bits of chocolate (toll-house, bar, etc.)
- Optional finishes- frozen corn, mushrooms, barley, frozen fake meat(soy) crumbles like Morningstar Farms, etc.
- Canned beef or vegetable broth
Chop up the peppers, onions, garlic, celery & leftover veggies, then saute in some olive oil, adding the cumin midway so it gets kind of toasty and aromatic. USE LOTS OF CUMIN. This is the secret to yummyness. If using garlic paste wait until adding canned stuff.
Next dump in the canned tomatoes and beans, in whatever proportions you like, depending on how many servings you want. For our 3 man household, I use 1 can of each, and about half an onion, pepper. etc.
If using garlic paste, add now, plus frozen corn, barley, mushrooms, etc and rest of seasonings. Add the chocolate bits (about a teaspoon).Stir in some broth if needed to make it whatever thickness you like, and simmer for about 15 minutes. If using frozen fake meat crumbles, add after that so they heat through.
Voila! (P.S. the carnivore even eats this)
**Notice this does not contain any heat. I grew up with non-hot chili and still like it that way, but you can add enough to fry your eyeballs if you want in the form of tabasco or fresh jalapenos, etc. That is not my baliwick.