It’s that time of year when the humidity decreases, the air cools and those cozy sweaters start to make their way out of the back of the closet. Fall is on it’s way! I know we still have a couple weeks until we officially declare it fall… but its enough for me to make my first chili of the season!
Chili is one of those meals that instantly warms and comforts the soul. It brings me back to my childhood when my mom and grandmothers would make pots of chili and vegetable soup around the holidays. The process of making chili makes me especially happy. It’s an easy one pot meal, packed with flavor and always a crowd pleaser!
I decided to go with a vegetarian chili tonight, and I did not hold back with the veggies! In a saute pan, I mixed diced onion, garlic, and jalapenos with some vegetable oil, a tsp of cumin, a tsp of coriander, a tsp of paprika, and a tsp of chili powder. I stirred all of this together and let the flavors blend with a bit of salt and pepper. Once everything soften and became fragrant, I added them into my large pot with vegetable broth. I turned the heat on and added some more of my fresh ingredients! These ingredients included: black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, diced zucchini, diced orange pepper, diced celery, canned tomatoes, yellow corn, bay leaves, oregano, and some more salt and pepper. I added a dash more of my spice combination from earlier to further enhance the flavor of the chili (cumin, coriander, paprika, chili powder). I stirred this all together, covered the pot and let all of the ingredients simmer together. I let them work their magic for about an hour (half hour for my husband because he couldn’t wait any longer). At this point, the beans were cooked through and veggies had softened. The celery still had a nice crunch and the flavors had blended together nicely.
I served my hot vegetable chili with a topping of raw sweet onion and avocado slices. The avocado added a creaminess to the dish and the onions added some nice crunch. This was a home run meal! The best part is… I have leftovers! The chili flavors will enhance even more over night and I can’t wait to taste it!