Happy Friday! This post might be a little funny as you read as to why I decided to make vegetarian chili. Not that I have anything against vegetarian cuisine as a matter fact I tend to enjoy it, however all day I was craving a big meaty bowl of chili.
As I begin the process, I get the onions in the sauce pan with a little olive oil, I start preparing the spice blend and then I go to the fridge and reach for the package of lean ground beef. Guess what happens next? Yeah you are right, the ground beef is SPOILED, almost a purplish green color and a stink that would knock you over…. zesty is now cranky!
I kept my composure and decided to add mushrooms to act as a meat replacement and continue on with my chili craving. The results were very impressive. We loved it!
- 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 Cup onion
- 2 Cups Mushrooms (chopped)
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 Tsp. ground cumin
- 1 Tsp. Oregano
- 1 Tsp. ground mustard
- 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
- Chopped green and red pepper ( optional )
- 1 Cup chick peas
- 1 1/2 Cups cooked Romano beans (one 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained )
- 1 1/2 Cups cooked Kidney beans (one 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained )
- 3 Cups diced tomatoes (or one 28-ounce can roasted diced tomatoes, undrained)
- 1 Cup fat free vegetable broth
- Preheat Sauce pan or Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add olive oil onion and sauté over medium-high heat until soft and just starting to brown.
- Add mushrooms and peppers; cook over medium high heat, until cooked through; about 6 minutes.
- Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, mustard, garlic, beans, chick peas, tomatoes, and broth.
- Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Cover and let simmer for 40 minutes.
- Remove cover and simmer until desired thickness is reached
Zesty Tip: If you want your chili to be a little thicker you have two options. You can remove the cover for the last 20-20 minutes to allow it to thicken or you can take a cup or so of chili out and puree it and stir it back in to aide in the thickening process.
I am not sure why but lately I have been addicted to rice and beans so I decided to serve mine with a little side of rice and some nacho chips. Of course you could serve with a big piece of corn bread, some homemade bisucits or whatever tickles your fancy. I hope you h ave a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.