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Veggie Packed Chili

Details

This particular chili is loaded with healthy vegetables, yet it's still as hearty and delicious as any other chili.
  • Serves: 4 to 6
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
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Steps

Step 1: Gathering & Preparing Your Mise en Place

Gathering & Preparing Your Mise en Place
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 sm head cauliflower, stemmed and cut into small florets
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder (or to taste)*
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 - 15 oz can whole tomatoes, seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 - 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked kidney beans (2/3 cup dry beans) (or 1 - 15 oz can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

To start, first, gather and prepare all of your ingredients.

Note that a variety of different vegetables and/or legumes could be used to add your own twist on this chili.

For the Chili Powder, the amount needed will depend on how spicy you like your chili and also which chili powder you used. We use this Chili Powder, which is a nice somewhat subtle blend of spices and herbs.

Step 2: Cooking the Chili

Cooking the Chili
  • oil for cooking, if using

Method

To make the chili, heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat and dry-sauté the onions. Alternatively, the onions can be sautéed with a bit of oil. Let the onions cook for a minute or so and then add the carrots.

Once the onions are translucent and just starting to brown and the carrots have started to soften, add the garlic and let cook for 30 seconds or so. If needed, add a tablespoon or so of water to deglaze the pot and to help prevent the ingredients from burning.

Next add the green pepper, cauliflower and cook until they start to soften slightly, about 5 minutes or so. Again, if the mixture seems dry or is starting to stick, add a couple of tablespoons of water to deglaze the pot.

At this point, add the cumin, chili powder, vinegar, tomatoes, kidney beans and 1 cup of water. Bring the chili to a boil and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer until the flavors are well combined. Stir and test the chili periodically, to ensure nothing is sticking. If the chili seems too thick, add a touch more water. Once the vegetables are just cooked through and tender, the chili is done.

Lastly, check for seasoning before serving.

Step 3: Serving the Chili

Serving the Chili
  • 1/2 cup Cashew Sour Cream
  • diced avocados
  • cooked corn
  • roughly chopped cilantro
  • minced red onion
  • lime wedges
  • Mushroom-Nut Ground 'Beef'

Method

To serve the chili, ladle into bowls and top with whatever garnish you desire. We really like serving with chili with the Cashew Sour Cream and all the other fixings list here.

The Mushroom-Nut Ground ‘Beef’ also adds that more classic chili flavor and texture to the dish.

As far as amounts go, it really depends on how many people you are serving. When it comes to toppings for this chili, we like to air on the side of more, rather than less. It’s even nice halfway through eating to add a bit more of your favorite toppings.

23 Comments

  • Owen T
    Owen T
    We used black beans rather than kidney beans due to personal preference. We cut the veg a bit chunky so that everything stayed crisp. Delightful with regular sour cream, avocado and the fresh cilantro really makes the dish pop.
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    That is great news Owen! I like the idea of keeping the veggies chunky and hearty feeling. ~Ken
  • Dal B
    Dal B
    How much oil do you suggest I use please .thank u.
  • Sandy S
    Sandy S
    Hi Dal, I would recommend using just enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pot you are cooking this chili in. Enjoy! Cheers, Sandy
  • Dal B
    Dal B
    Thank you for replying how many grams in cauliflower is this?
  • Dal B
    Dal B
    Also could I replace the cauliflower with extra tinned kidney beans and if so how much would you recommend.thank you
  • Sandy S
    Sandy S
    Hi Dal, Though size and weight of cauliflower heads can vary, I would ballpark about 265grams for a small head. If you want to replace the cauliflower I would use about that much of the beans in it’s place to achieve a similar yield. Cheers, Sandy
  • Dal B
    Dal B
    Would I not have to cook the spices in oil as Im worried about a "raw" flavour from them if not?
  • Dal B
    Dal B
    What approximately is the drained weight of the beans please.thank u.
  • Randall M Rouxbe Staff
    Randall M
    Hello Dal, a gentle saute of spices always intensifies the flavor, but you can get a similar result just but dry toasting your seeds and ground spices. Heating activates the essential oils. You might do a side by side comparison to test the difference. A great controlled experiment. Do a half a batch dry roasted, and a half a batch with a touch of oil. Are the taste differences pronounced?
  • Randall M Rouxbe Staff
    Randall M
    HI Dal, The most common can size for beans is about 15 ounces, which, once drained, contains approximately 1.5 cups or 9 ounces of beans (this holds across all bean types I tested). A heaping 1/2 cup of dried beans = one 15-ounce can of beans. 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans, drained = one 15-ounce can of beans. I wouldn't fret about how much beans you are putting in the chili. I couple of ounces here and there will not affect taste much. Cheerio, Chef Randall
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    thank you randall can i replace the tomatoes with a sauce of puree bell peppers rehydrated dry chillies and stock?can you suggest an easy recipe for that sauce please?thank you
  • Randall M Rouxbe Staff
    Randall M
    Hi Riaz, there are many regional variations of chili. Essentially it is a thick stew made with beef, kidney and pinto beans, and simmered in a red sauce with lots of seasonings. Some in Texas omit the beans entirely. Key seasoning includes cumin, paprika, oregano, bay leaves and chile peppers. In the US, they sell a Chili Powder spice mix of sweet paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, oregano, and cumin. Yes, you can swap out tomatoes for bell pepper puree but add some red wine vinegar to add some acidity that you'd find in tomatoes. Having served as a chili tasting judge (once and never again), there is not one standard variety of chili. Make it to suit your own taste and style. Cheers, Chef Randall
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    randall can you give me a good recipe without tomatoes for the bell pepper sauce including the red wine vinegar amount and salt amount as a template to use.i really appreciate this so thank you for all the replys its truly apreciated.thank you x
  • Randall M Rouxbe Staff
    Randall M
    HI Riaz, Here is a base chili recipe without tomatoes for you to adapt to your tastes and needs: 2-3 tablespoons oil, butter or ghee 3 lb boneless chuck roast trimmed and cut into ½ inch cubes 2 teaspoons kosher salt 3 finely chopped shallots 2-4 garlic cloves, minced 3 cups broth or stock, can be chicken or vegetable 1 cup bell pepper puree 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon paprika/smoked paprika 1 tablespoon cumin 2 teaspoons dried oregano 3 bay leaves Optional: cilantro, pinto or kidney beans, chives or green onions, and grated cheese to garnish kosher salt and pepper to taste Here is a basic bell pepper puree recipe: 3 large Red Bell Peppers 3 cloves Garlic – smashed & peeled 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 medium Shallots – peeled & coarsely chopped 1 ¾ tsp Italian Seasoning ¾ tsp EACH: Smoked Paprika & Crushed Red Pepper Flakes – more or less, to taste (SEE NOTES) 1-2 TBS harissa 6 TBS No-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock – DIVIDED (2 TBS + ¼ cup) 1 TBS EACH: Balsamic Vinegar & Red Wine Vinegar ¾ Cup Heavy Cream 1/3 Cup Freshly Grated Pecorino Cheese (or Parmesan) 8 large Fresh Basil Leaves – DIVIDED Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper Optional garnish: Fresh herbs (oregano, flat-leaf parsley, thyme, chives) Or try: http://savorynature.com/2014/02/14/notmato-paste-nightshade-free/ Cheers, Chef Randall
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    I want to add cocoa powder as I heard it gives a lovely depth of flavour and bitterness.how me would u recommend if at all for this dish
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    Could I add yeast extract,mushrooms and kelp to umami to round out the flavours?I want to also add sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Hi Riaz, I think cocoa powder may work... As always, you'll need to give it a try and see how you like it. Generally, chocolate or cocoa goes will the earthy elements of this chili, such as the root vegetables and chili powder. Use unsweetened chocolate or cocoa. You might start with 1 tbsp and go from there. ~Eric
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    I'm going to replace 25%of the tomatoes with green pepper to introduce a grassy note to the dish and reduce the overall sweetness of the dish.is this a good idea?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Hi Riaz, I change like this is entirely up to you and your palate preference. Give it a try! ~Eric
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    this recipe i couldnt taste the spices its as if the total liquid content diluted the flavour of the chilli. wouldnt it be better to dilute the spices with 4.5 times there amount with water then fry until nearly dry then add cooked tinnned beans fry until nearly dry then add liquid.can i reduced the liquid to concentratecthe flavour but its still still saucy?
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    when i made the recipe originally with tinned red kidney beansni couldnt taste the spices and it was like a watery flacccid sauce .i couldnt understand it as when i make rouxbes tomato pasta sauce its bloody excellent but it seeswhen u add a little spice to a tomato based sauce it diminishes any tomato flavour and provides zilch spice flavour which is very bizarre
  • Riaz M
    Riaz M
    i want to use oil as spices are oil soluble

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