Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Chili
Big Girls Small Kitchen

Ingredients

  • Two 15.5-ounce cans kidney beans
  • One 15.5-ounce can black beans
  • One 15.5-ounce can pinto beans
  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper (if unavailable, double up on red)
  • Three 14.5-ounce cans fire roasted diced tomatoes, preferably Muir Glen Organic Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes in Adobo
  • ½ quart vegetable stock
  • One 7-ounce can mild green chilies
  • One-half 7-ounce can whole chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bottle dark Mexican beer, preferably Negra Moderno
  • 1 bunch cilantro stems, saving the leaves for garnish
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese, for garnish
  • 2 limes, each cut into 6 thin wedges, for garnish
  • Crushed tortilla chips, for garnish
  • Diced avocado, for garnish

Chili is the ultimate gift to cooks in small kitchens. It requires only one pot, the result is a hardy, filling meal that can feed a fleet, and, in the case of this recipe, it’s also extremely cheap.

Though the dish has long been hailed as a meat-lovers’ favorite, we've found that if done correctly, the familiarity of the flavors is what makes people want to eat it all night long. In this vegetarian version, the chipotle compensates in flavor for the absence of slow-cooked beef brisket by giving the dish a down-home, rich smokiness.

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Directions

In a large pot over medium heat, sauté onions and peppers until beginning to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Add the zucchini and the squash and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and continue to simmer. Meanwhile, add garlic cloves, cilantro stems, green chilies, and chipotles to a small food processor.* Puree mixture. Add ½ cup of stock, and pulse to combine. Pour mixture into pot of simmering vegetables. Rinse beans thoroughly in a colander to get rid of the canning liquids, and then add to the pot. Add salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, beer, and the remaining stock.

Simmer with the lid off, stirring frequently until the liquids begin to thicken and the vegetables have begun to break down. Serve with garnishes in bowls on the side, so guests can customize their own chili.

The chili is best if made the night before, and can keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

*Note: For the chili, if you do not have any type of blender or food processor, just make sure to finely mince the aforementioned ingredients. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

291 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat Low Fat Abs

Daily value:

15%

Servings:

10
  • Fat 27g 41%
  • Carbs 534g 178%
  • Saturated 5g 23%
  • Fiber 169g 677%
  • Sugars 98g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 154g 308%
  • Sodium 10,705mg 446%
  • Calcium 1,763mg 176%
  • Magnesium 1,292mg 323%
  • Potassium 12,954mg 370%
  • Iron 59mg 327%
  • Zinc 19mg 130%
  • Phosphorus 2,870mg 410%
  • Vitamin A 1,365µg 152%
  • Vitamin C 1,075mg 1,792%
  • Thiamin (B1) 11mg 727%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 165%
  • Niacin (B3) 34mg 168%
  • Vitamin B6 7mg 363%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,679µg 420%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 22mg 111%
  • Vitamin K 203µg 254%
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