June 21, 2013

Summer Vegetable Chili

This is a wonderful, fresh chili for summer! Make use of whatever garden veggies you have such as corn, onion, zucchini, green pepper, and tomatoes. The beans and mushrooms make it a substantial, filling meal. It's fairly mild, so you can choose to add more spiciness to suit your palette. I love adding ground chipotle powder to give it a nice smoky kick, but you can also use cayenne pepper, poblano pepper, jalapeno, or more chili powder to heat it up. My husband loves taking it for his work lunch during the week. The recipe from Food Network suggests serving with warm corn tortillas.

Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Food Network

1 medium onion
3-4 cloves garlic
2 cups fresh sweet corn (can use frozen)
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
Two 15 oz. cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz. can diced tomatoes (or fresh)
1 heaping Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt/pepper to taste

Optional additions: zucchini, green pepper, poblano pepper, jalapeno, chipotle powder, cayenne pepper
Optional toppings: cilantro, green onion, cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt/sour cream, etc.

Mince garlic and dice onion.
In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil and onion. Saute for a couple minutes.
Add garlic, cumin, and chili powder. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
Add mushrooms and corn. Cook 5 more minutes.
Add beans and tomatoes with juice.
Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
Salt/pepper to taste.

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  1. Replies
    1. Definitely! Great with a wide variety of veggies :)

  2. Made this for dinner tonight and it was very good! I added zucchini, green peppers, spicy Herbamare (spice), and chick peas instead of pinto beans (that just happened to be the only canned bean I had in the cupboard). My husband and I really enjoyed it.

    1. Oh my goodness your variation sounds awesome!! Thanks so much for the message. Glad you and your husband enjoyed it! :)

  3. Fantastic recipe both vegetarian and non vegetarian can enjoy by eating this healthy food. It is looking amazing.

  4. This is sooo good! I appreciate that your recipes are reasonable for everyone to follow and make. Thank you!

    1. Hi! Thanks for the sweet comment, and I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I definitely love simple, easy recipes that don't skimp on flavor :)