Hearty Chili

by | Jan 23, 2014 | Recipes | 6 comments

Baby it’s cold outside. That means steaming bowls of hearty chili at the Wilson’s.

Beans are one of Dr. Fuhrman’s six super foods. Today I share a chili recipe I’ve concocted over the years. It can be adjusted to suit your taste. I usually double the recipe below to make a large pot to serve several meals.


Vegetable Chili

1 large sweet onion, diced

2 stalks of celery, chopped

2 carrots, chopped or coarsely grated

½ each red, green, and yellow pepper, chopped

1-2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 cans of different beans, drained (black beans, garbanzo, pinto, kidney, etc.)

1 can baked beans

2 large can of diced tomatoes

1 Tbsp. of canned chipotle pepper in adobe sauce*

1/2 small can of tomato paste

1 Tbs. chili powder

1 bay leaf

1 Tbsp. of liquid smoke

2 Tbsp. of barbecue sauce

1/2 package of frozen corn

Salt and pepper to taste

Saute fresh vegetables in a small amount of oil or water until tender. I add some salt while the vegetables cook. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Simmer 25 minutes. Taste and adjust your seasonings to make it sweeter, hotter, smokier, or saltier according to your preference. Serve hot with cornbread, crusty bread, or crackers.

Grains complement legumes to make a complete protein. My son likes to eat his chili over brown rice.

*I puree and freeze cans of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce. I use a tablespoon as needed. You can also use canned tomatoes with chili peppers or season with cayenne pepper.

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  1. Marie Mertilus

    I have never had vegetable chili. Look delicious and only 25 minutes. Good one.

    • Debbie Wilson

      I hope you enjoy it, Marie.

  2. Ann

    Debbie that sounds delicious! I do the same with my chipotle in adobo! Beans are one of my favorite foods and one I recommend all the time! I love chili and make a beef chili and also in this frigid weather we have here in NY soups are some of my go-to foods. I especially love lentil soup.

    • Debbie Wilson

      We love lentil soups too. I’m sure your weather is much colder than ours! But we did get some white stuff this week.

  3. stephanie sudano

    i LOVE veggie chili – my family loves chicken pot pie:). thanks for sharing great recipes~!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Stephanie, I hope they’ll enjoy this with you. It’s perfect weather for it!

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