Sunday, January 2, 2011

Black Bean Chili

I am usually a snob about black beans - they have to be soaked and slow-cooked, none of that canned stuff (see my recipe for Tricky Black Beans)! And while this is a good way to live most of the time, sometimes you need a quicker fix...So, I give you my quicker Black Bean Chili:

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups chopped onion
8 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 cups frozen Hatch Chile Peppers*
4 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes
4 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (or 5 cups homemade, not rinsed or drained)
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup finely chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions and garlic in oil until translucent. Add spices and saute for two minutes more, stirring constantly. Add frozen chile peppers, tomatoes, and beans. (I like to pulverize the tomatoes with my immersion blender a bit before adding them. I'm not fond of giant chunks of tomato in my chili...) Cover with water (just enough to cover everything) and bring to a boil. Add carrot, celery, and bell pepper. Simmer for 25 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add frozen corn. Simmer for two more minutes, then add cilantro, salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla strips or avocado slices on top. Or both! Enjoy!

*Frozen Hatch Chile Peppers are the best way I've found to get yummy roasted chilies year-round. You can buy them at Rico's/Frida Bistro here in SLC. If you cannot get them, I recommend using two small cans of Hatch diced chilies plus four fresh anaheims, chopped and maybe one jalepeno in there too.


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  2. This chili looks great! I love black bean chili, but I have never tried the frozen hatch peppers.

    I found your blog on Foodie Blog roll. I am always looking for good vegetarian recipes to try. My family has been trying to include more vegetarian dinners each week.

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    Thanks and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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