Mom's Incredible Hearty Vegetable Chili
This Chili Won't Last Long!
This recipe makes about 10 one-cup lunch servings, or about five hearty dinner-sized servings. Kids might like this better if you throw in a few teaspoons of sugar or about a half cup of barbecue sauce. Be careful with the jalapeños—a little goes a long way (start with just a little bit, and then add more to taste). Serve this chili with tortilla chips or corn bread, and then get ready to make another pot!
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil, canola or olive
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 1 - 2 green or red bell peppers, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 cup zucchini, cubed
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup sweet potato, cubed
- 1 large can tomatoes, pureed
- 1 can corn
- 2 cans pinto beans
- 2 cans kidney beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can Great Northern or cannellini beans
- 1-4 tablespoons jalapeno, chopped
- 48 ounces pasta sauce, any flavor
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Saute the onion and bell peppers in the oil until soft and slightly charred. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute, until the garlic starts to "pop."
- Add ground beef and cook until meat begins to brown.
- Add all the vegetables, tomato sauce, beans, and spices. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 1 hour.
- Just before serving, add cheese and sour cream and stir until combined.
- For a sweeter chili, add a few teaspoons of sugar or about a half cup of barbecue sauce. Kids might enjoy this variation.
- For a spicier chili, add more jalapeño and chili powder.
- For a zestier chili, add more garlic and experiment with adding other spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, or cocoa powder!
- To make it go further or thicken it up a bit, add one cup of brown rice and one cup of water along with the vegetables. You can also add cubed potatoes or more sweet potatoes.
- Too many leftovers? (Yeah, right!) Toss a cup or two in a food processor and serve as a bean dip!
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