Monday, October 25, 2010

Kitchen Cabinet Vegetarian Chili

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Isn't chili just a big pot of stuff from cans found in your kitchen cabinet?

You can use any variety of canned beans, kidney, black bean, white, garbanzos.

Any type of canned tomatoes (I recently discovered Ro-Tel w/ the chilis in it!), diced, crushed, or sauce.

Peppers, onions, garlic, and some spices from the cabinet, and you have a wonderful vegetarian dinner served over rice.

Last night's kitchen cabinet produced:

a 16 oz. can of black beans
a 16 oz. can of red kidney beans
a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes
plus a small can of Ro-Tel tomatoes with the hot chilis already mixed in.
an 8 oz. can of corn (optional)

1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped

Dried spices from the spice cabinet were:

1 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp chili powder
dash cayenne pepper

In a heavy Dutch oven, cook the onion, peppers, and garlic for a few minutes until onion is translucent.



Add the dried spices while you are stirring the onion mixture around.

Drain and rinse your beans and add them to the pot along with the tomatoes.



Simmer on low for about 15 minutes and you have a really easy vegetarian chili!

I like to garnish with fresh cilantro, but you can do cheddar cheese or sour cream too!

Look in your kitchen cabinet and see what you have. A chili will be born!



6 comments:

Carole said...

I like the idea of a vegetarian chili. Thanks for the inspiration.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks good to me and I would like it.

But, as I've said before my husband says vegetarian in Indian means "bad hunter".....

I'd have to throw a hamburger patty on top so he could mush it in......

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks good to me and I would like it.

But, as I've said before my husband says vegetarian in Indian means "bad hunter".....

I'd have to throw a hamburger patty on top so he could mush it in......

Bluebird NY said...

Great recipe. Rotel is a wonderful way to jazz up just about anything. We use as a condiment too.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Ro-Tel and I go back many years, when I was first married I use to make a dip with Ro-Tel and Velveeta melted together it was very popular, but now I'll take it with your healthy chili!

Valerie said...

Thanks Stacey a meal for the vegetarians and vegans(no cheddar or sour cream).