|Homemade vegetarian chili. Somewhere under there.|
All you can see is cheeeese.
I know I've been cooking but I haven't been feeling too experimental. I've been eating a lot of comfort food and boring things like fish and rice. I've never really found a chili recipe that clicked for me - but I love the idea of chili. It's like north american curry. Vegetables, tomatoes, lentils and spices. All things good.
I was bored a few weeks ago and clicking around looking for chili recipes and after reading a few, decided to take a run at making my own 'everything and the kitchen sink' chili. This is it. It is great. I have no idea what it is that makes it so great but it is. Add whatever you like but do not leave out the mushrooms. I know they're not a traditional part of a chili (or at least I don't think so) but they're SO good. The cheese is optional but makes it super delicious, and way,way less healthy.
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tbsp cumin
½ tbsp chili powder
½ tbsp oregano
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 big onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup of black beans
1 cup of navy beans
2 cups of cremini mushrooms, diced
1 tomato, roughly chopped (optional)
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
½ cup of water
½ cup of diced cheese (optional)
Crumpled crackers, pretzels, sesame sticks or fritos to put on top for that crunch factor (optional but definitely awesome)
Other things you will need:
A wooden spoon
Choppin’ knife, cutting board
a big ol' pot
- In your big ol' pot, add olive oil and heat over medium. In one corner of your pot - add the spices. In the opposite corner (I know circles don't have corners but work with me here), add the onions and garlic. Allow your spices to toast for a minute or so, and then stir all together.
- Add in your celery and carrots and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the beans, mushrooms, tomato, can of tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 25-30 minutes. Most of the water-tomato should be cooked down. Taste. Adjust seasoning as necessary - if it needs more *something* and you don't know what that is -add oregano and a big pinch of salt.
- Ladle out and stir in a few pieces of cheese with each serving. Top with your crunch and eat. You will now eat this 3 days in a row. Possibly on top of french fries.