3 Bean Vegetarian Chili
- 3/4 C medium or coarse Bulgar
- 1 C orange juice (I didn't have any, so I used cider)
- 1/3 C olive oil
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 C chili powder
- 3 T ground cumin
- 3 T dried oregano
- 1 1/2 T dried thyme
- 1/4 t cayenne pepper (the recipe calls for 1-2 t, but that gets really hot -- and I love spice!)
- 1/4 t ground cinnamon
- 1 T salt
- 1 can (35 oz) plum tomatoes w/ juice (whole or diced or crushed -- last time I used diced and crushed b/c that's what I had - frankly, I liked that combo best)
- 3 C water (the recipe calls for chicken broth, but it's not necessary and I wanted to make it totally vegetarian -- you couldn't notice any difference)
- 2 large sweet red peppers - 1/2" dice
- 1/2 lb. french cut frozen green beans **Note** don't worry about the exact amount of veggies. If your package is 16 oz., just use the whole thing! Add more of your favorite things, less of your "not as favorite". It's all good.
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) corn kernels
- 1 can (16 oz.) dark red kidney beans - rinsed and drained (sometimes I used black beans instead because I prefer them)
- 1 can (16 oz.) chickpeas - rinsed and drained
Suggested Toppings: Sour Cream, Shredded Jack or Cheddar Cheese, Sliced Scallions.Serve along with Cornbread and Butter! Yum. Yum. Yum.
In a small bowl, combine Bulgar and orange juice and let stand at room temperature.
In a large pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally until they are tender
.Add in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and salt. Stir and cook for 5 minutes or so.
Add in the tomatoes and 3 C water (or broth, if using) . If you're using whole tomatoes, break them up with your fingers as you are adding them in. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook partially covered, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, chop the red peppers into dice. Throw them in the pot. (You may need to raise the heat up a little.)
After a few minutes, add in the frozen green beans, frozen corn and Bulgar. Stir.
After a few more minutes, add in the chickpeas and kidney beans. Stir.
Simmer until all the veggies are tender and the chili is thick. (Sometimes, I add in a little extra water b/c I don't like it too thick.) Taste and adjust any seasonings.
Beware: This chili is spicier the next day. And as with any tomato based dish, it's better the next day. This is a great thing to serve at a party because you cook it the day before and then on the day of the party it's "one less thing" to worry about! Yumola.