this "musical" chili proves that meat is not needed to make flavorful, hearty food. in fact, the vegetables and spices truly shine when they are not coated in animal grease. see for yourself!
adapted from the best vegetarian chili in the world
yields about 8 cups/servings
1-2 jalapeno peppers, minced*
2 sweet bell peppers, green and red, seeded and chopped
1 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
3 1/2 C (or 28 oz. can) crushed tomatoes
1 T chili powder
2 bay leaves
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander
salt and pepper, to taste
2 C cooked (or 15 oz. can) each of black, pinto, kidney, and garbanzo beans
1. gather ingredients. chop peppers, using gloves to protect your skin from the jalapeno oil. if using fresh tomatoes, pulse in food processor until chunky.
2. heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. stir in garlic, peppers and carrot and cook a few minutes.
3. add tomatoes and seasonings, to taste. bring to a boil.
4. stir in beans, cover, lower heat and simmer about 25 minutes.
add cooked grains, like quinoa or millet, and serve over greens for a balanced meal. or dip with your favorite bread or chips.
you can "fatten up" the flavor a bit with a tablespoon or two of butter. i like the flavor of earth balance's soy-free vegan butter. it tastes great!
*edit: one jalapeno makes the chili medium spicy and two very hot! for a mild chili, discard the seeds from the jalapeno or omit jalapeno altogether.