Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Vegetarian Chili a la Karen

Note: This chili can be made using real meat as well. Drain after browning. Inspired by Karen R.
  • 1 package (12 oz) of Fake Meat
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper (large)
  • 1 red bell pepper (large)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of amber beer
  • 1 large can whole peeled tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 2 cans of dark red kidney beans (15oz each)
  • 1 can light red kidney beans (15oz)
  • 1 can black beans (15oz)
  • 1 can corn without liquid (I used 11oz vacuumed packed)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • grated cheddar cheese
Chop onion.

Seed and chop peppers.

Seed jalapeño pepper if desired (it will be less spicy if you do).

Put onion, peppers, jalapeno, and garlic into a bowl, set aside.

Open the 4 cans of beans, drain all liquid, set aside.

Open tomato can and put contents into a large bowl.
Hand crush them completely, removing large stringy bits as necessary.

In a small bowl combine cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, as well as 1 tsp of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

On Medium heat, coat the bottom of a large pot with oil (I only needed 1 1/2 tsp).

Add peppers, onion and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes (or until vegetables soften). Stir in beer to deglaze the pot.

Add tomatoes (including all liquid), beans (all 4 cans) and corn (be sure to drain if you did not use vacuum packed).

Stir to combine. Let simmer for a few minutes.

Add seasoning mix and hot sauce, stirring while adding.
Turn heat to low.

In a separate frying pan, season fake meat with salt and chili powder, then brown.

Once browned add to pot. If using real meat, do not add excess grease to pot.

Stir to combine.

Add salt to taste (and other seasonings if necessary).

Cook on low until desired thickness, it will need to simmer for at least an hour.
Be sure to stir often so it doesn't stick to the bottom and burn.

Serve topped with cheddar cheese.


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