Vegetarian Chili

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Chili is a great vegetarian meal as true chili connoisseurs believe that a good chili recipe shouldn’t contain any meat at all.  Original chili recipes like that made in the Old West on the chuck wagons contained beans, tomatoes, and a lot of spices that made it more than delicious and a very filling meal for hungry cowboys.

There are a lot of recipes for vegetarian chili, and we are pleased to give you a couple of our favorites to try out in your own kitchen.  The first vegetarian chili recipe was found at www.allrecipes.com which is a great place to find tons of meatless recipes.  They call this recipe the Best Vegetarian Chili in the World:

INGREDIENTS
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1/2 medium onion, chopped
* 2 bay leaves
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 2 tablespoons dried oregano
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 2 stalks celery, chopped
* 2 green bell peppers, chopped
* 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, chopped
* 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
* 2 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles
* 3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
* 1/4 cup chili powder
* 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
* 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
* 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
* 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
* 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
DIRECTIONS
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
2. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

From our own kitchen, we bring you the following recipe for vegetarian chili that is a bit less complicated than the one above, but which is just as good (we think) and very easy to make.

INGREDIENTS
* 1 large can whole tomatoes or 12 fresh tomatoes peeled and quartered
* 1 can diced tomatoes
* 1 can kidney beans
* 2 cans chili hot beans
* 4 large jalapeno peppers minced
* 2 cans tomato sauce
* 2 cans tomato paste
* 1 large onion chopped
* 4 tablespoons chili powder
* 2 tablespoons red pepper
* 3 tablespoons garlic salt
DIRECTIONS
Place all ingredients into a large pot and simmer for 2-3 hours stirring frequently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

There are many more vegetarian chili recipes, but these two are great places for you to get started!  Bon appetit!


Vegetarian Chili

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