Brrrr….I’m chilled to the bone. As January comes to an end, winter lets us know that it is not over yet. The weatherman is using terms like wind chill, arctic blast, polar vortex. Each term used with a dramatic fervor to scare the bejesus out of you. Well stop it! I know that it’s as cold as a witch’s tit out there. I don’t need your melodramatics to help me to remember to put my hat on before I venture outside. This is Wisconsin and yes it does get this cold in the winter.
So, with that off of my chest. I could see my breath as I spoke. It is time to cook up a heaping pot of veggie chili. As I dig through my pantry to find all the fixings, here is what you’ll need if you too want to cook up some chili to heat up your insides.
28 oz can of chopped tomatoes
28 oz can of stewed tomatoes
1 quart of tomato juice
1 tbsp Better than Bullion soup base
1 onion chopped roughly
2 pablano chili peppers roasted chopped roughly
2 anaheim peppers roasted chopped roughly
2 hungarian peppers roasted chopped roughly
1-2 jalapeno pepper chopped fine
2 red bell peppers roasted chopped roughly
2 cups pumpkin that is cubed and cooked in vegetable broth until soft
Two 16 oz cans of black beans
One 16 oz can of pinto beans
6 garlic gloves chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp fennel seed
3 tbsp chili powder
1 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
1 tbsp Vindaloo Seasoning
1 cup bulgar wheat
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
Empty the canned tomato products in a deep stock pot. Add the soup base and chopped garlic and all the seasonings. put on medium heat until it starts to boil and then begin to simmer. In a pan saute the onion and jalapeno peppers in olive oil until the onion softens. Add them to the stock along with the roasted peppers. Add the pumpkin and beans. Simmer for about 2 – 3 hours. Added the cilantro and bulgar wheat. Simmer for 1 more hour. If the chili is too thick stir in more tomato juice or water.
I like to serve it with sour cream and crusty bread but it is also great without the dairy as a vegan dish.
A great way to beat the cold weather.
This pot will serve 12 healthy appetites.
You can freeze it for the next day the wind chill drops to 40 below.