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Mike's Manly Vegetarian Chili Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Nicole Farris

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 yellow or sweet onion, 1-inch dice
1 leek, sliced lengthwise then chopped
2 bell peppers (red, orange, and/or yellow) seeded, 1 inch dice
2-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded, small dice
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can red kidney beans
1 can great northern beans
1 package veggie crumbles (Morningstar brand)
1 tbsp. olive oil
Lots of chili powder
2 bay leaves
Salt
Cayenne pepper

Directions:
Directions:
1. Saute the vegetables in olive oil over medium heat in a large pot.
2. When vegetables are soft, add stewed tomatoes, bay leaves, and chili powder. Chili powder is what separates chili from meat sauce, so don't be shy. This is also a good time to experiment with a pinch of cinnamon, dash of turmeric, or a shot of tequila. Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer.
3. After 45-60 minutes, add beans.
4. After 15 minutes more, add crumbles and salt to taste (most crumbles do not need to be cooked first). Add additional cayenne pepper if you like it hot.
5. After 10 minutes more, serve with baked potatoes or tortilla chips and cheese.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8-10
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
Approximately 3 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I substitute another vegetable for the leek, but leeks are readily available at most grocery stores. I use about 3 bell peppers, all colors instead of the 2. I've made this dish with the veggie crumbles but find that it is much better without crumbles, and freezes and reheats better too! I have tried this recipe with and without tequila, but the the tequila definitely gives it a good flavor. I use spices VERY liberally in this dish, and it always turns out great! This dish responds well to experimentation as long as sufficient chili powder is added. It also scales extremely well-just double the ingredients for a large group.

 

 

 

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