- olive or vegetable oil for sautéing
- 2 onions, coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)
- 3 carrots, finely chopped
- 2-3 sticks of celery, finely chopped
- 2 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 4 tsp minced canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (or to taste), minced
- 1 15-oz can black beans, well drained
- 1 15 oz can kidney beans, well drained
- 1 15 oz can pinto beans, well drained
- 28 oz can of diced or chopped tomatoes, preferably fire roasted
- 15 oz can of tomato sauce
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)
- 1 green pepper, chopped, (optional)
- 2 Tbsp chili powder (or to taste)
- 1 1/5 - 2 tsp cumin powder (or to taste)
- fresh cilantro, chopped, for serving (optional)
1. Heat oil in a heavy large (humongous) pot, add onions, carrots and celery, and cook for a few minutes, until the vegetables are just starting to get soft.
2. Add chopped peppers, and cook for another 7-10 minutes, until the peppers start getting soft.
3. Add. garlic, spices, and chipotle chilies, and cook for about a minute, stirring well.
4. Add beans, tomatoes and tomato sauces, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Serve with cornbread, Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, or sour cream.
- Any combination of beans would work--the original recipe calls for all black beans. The above combination works well for us. Cook the beans yourself, avoiding cans, if you would like to reduce sodium.
- On chipotle chilis
- If possible, use a food processor to "mince" (or turn into paste) the chipotle chilis (with the sauce). I usually process the whole can, and store the remains in a glass jar in the fridge. It lasts for a very long time. Also good with eggs, fajitas, etc.
- I used 4 teaspoons before we started feeding the chili to Nat. I have been using 2 teaspoons ever since we started sharing our food with Nat, and mashing a little cornbread into Nat's plate of chili. These maneuvers seem like a nice compromise in spiciness between him and us, the adults.
- Simmer the chili covered if you would like to retain more liquid. Leave the lid off if you would like the chili to thicken
- I like my chili fairly thick, so I have never added more than ~1/4 cup of water. You can add water or vegetable broth to add more liquid to the chili.
- Options to increase the amount of chili cooked
- I would not necessarily double the recipe... but if you try, please let me know how it works out
- Add another 2-4 cups of beans (I would recommend black)
- Add another 28 oz of fire roasted chopped tomatoes
- Add another pepper--yellow, green, or poblano (esp. if you like things spicy)
- Add another onion
- Do not forget to up the spices just a tiny bit if you are increasing the beans or tomatoes. Plus you can never have too much cumin (IMPO).
- The chili freezes well
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