Vegetarian Chili Recipe– It’s all in the Seasoning!
great vegetarian chili recipe that everyone around our house
loves. You’ll find that it’s not only packed with vegetable fiber
from the beans but it has a good amount of protein and is low
glycemic! It’s not only healthy, it tastes great!
another vegetarian chili recipe? Well this one is different from
any other chili recipe you’ve ever tasted. You can adjust the
seasonings to suit your taste perfectly. If you don’t measure the
ingredients exactly, there is no harm done. In fact, this recipe
is very adaptable and almost foolproof.
You may find
that the ingredients are similar to other chili recipes....it’s
true, they are. Every vegetarian chili recipe has beans, onions
and probably garlic. Many have carrots, celery and tomatoes. But
as I said, the seasoning for this chili is very different and
makes it really good! So lets get started.
the ingredients list for the vegetarian chili recipe:
2 – 14 ounce cans pinto beans (you
can also use kidney beans or black beans)
(If you cooked your own beans, use 3 cups cooked beans)
1 large onion (chopped),
2 or 3 large carrots (chopped or grated – you can also use a sweet
potato – 1 medium sized potato grated),
2 or 3 stalks celery chopped,
1 large can chopped tomatoes (28 ounce),
2 or 3 cloves garlic chopped.
Secret seasoning (see below)
VARIATIONS – Optional – 1 block firm tofu cut in ½ inch pieces –
to be added for the last five minutes of cooking. You can also add
a small can of chopped mild green chilis, chopped red bell pepper or a package of frozen
corn if you like when you add the beans. Sun dried tomatoes
are also good.
What to do
with the ingredients to make your vegetarian chili recipe:
Put tomatoes and all vegetables
(except beans) in a pot and bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer
for about 15 minutes, until vegetables have softened. Add beans
and variations (see below) plus secret seasonings and cook for
about 5 more minutes. Add tofu if desired and simmer a few more
Vegetarian chili recipe secret seasonings
Before the last five minutes of cooking, add the secret
ingredients to your vegetarian chili recipe. Buy some "Paul
Prudhomme Meat Magic" seasoning available at most grocery stores
or you can use your own favorite Mexican seasoning or chili powder
and cumin. Start with about a teaspoon of seasoning, then get out
your favorite barbecue sauce and start with about 4 tablespoons to
as much as ¼ cup.
Continue tasting the vegetarian chili as you add the seasonings
until it tastes right. Simmer the chili for about 5 more minutes
(after adding optional tofu) and enjoy! You can add grated cheese
when serving as well as some fresh salsa. If you like your chili
hot, add some Tabasco sauce, a small can of chopped hot chilis or
Mexican hot sauce.