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BUSH’S® Meatless Chili Makeover

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Cauliflower is a great meat alternative because it’s a flavor sponge
Meatless Chili Make Over

Contest winner Mackenzie Severson Shows you how to make her Smokey Cauliflower Chilin in Roasted Squash Bowls

Looking for a new dinner idea or a way to mix it up?  Try a meatless makeover one night with everyone’s favorite – chili! Our “Your Chili. BUSH’S® Chili Beans.” recipe contest winner, MacKenzie Severson, came up with a creative and inventive use of cauliflower in her Smokey Cauliflower Chili in Roasted Squash Bowls. It was brought to life with the addition of BUSH’S® Black Chili Beans and BUSH’S® Red Chili Beans both in Mild Chili Sauce.

Cauliflower is a great meat alternative because it’s a flavor sponge. It can be seasoned to replace meat-based proteins like chicken and beef. In this recipe, smoked paprika and chili powder gave this veggie extra depth and a smoky flavor that mimicked the flavor of meat. It was complimented by the tangy taste of BUSH’S® Black Beans in Mild Chili Sauce — slow-simmered in a tangy Southwestern chili sauce that is flavored from mild chili peppers, sweet tomatoes and cumin. BUSH’S® Red Beans in Mild Chili Sauce also adds zesty flavors to the recipe that even the biggest chili fan wouldn’t miss the meat. 

Instead of a traditional bowl, MacKenzie opted to plate her chili in a roasted acorn squash bowl. The veggie is not only another flavor layer, but it’s an attractive way to bring farm-to-table, literally.  A dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of grated cheese and a few chopped scallions add color and freshness to bring it all together. This rich and hearty recipe comes just in time for your Big Game day celebrations!

For more chili inspirations, visit www.bushbeans.com.