Quick Easy Cold Weather Comfort Food: Vegan Chili
When it’s cold and raining, I always crave comfort food and turn to stews and soups to warm up. This past weekend was a rainy one so I found a vegan chili recipe from Oh She Glows , but made some changes to use what I had available in my kitchen.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups (280 g) diced sweet onion (about 1 medium/large)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 4 large cloves)
- 2 medium jalapeños (80 g), seeded (if desired) and finely chopped
- 1 cup (115 g) finely chopped celery (about 2 large stalks)
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 (28-oz/796 mL) can diced tomatoes, with juices
- 1 cup (250 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth **chicken**
- 6 tablespoons (90 mL) tomato paste **12 tbps of pasta sauce**
- 1 (15-oz/398 mL) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15-oz/398 mL) can pinto or navy beans, drained and rinsed ** Great Northern beans**
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
- Cashew Sour Cream
- Chopped green onions
- Fresh cilantro, chopped **I also added some fried onions**
- In a large pot, sauté the onion and the garlic in the oil over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and stir.
- Add the jalapeños, celery, and bell pepper and sauté for another 5 to 7 minutes or so, until softened.
- Now add the can of diced tomatoes (with the juice), broth, and tomato paste. Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium-high.
- Add the drained and rinsed beans, along with the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Simmer the mixture, uncovered, until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the cayenne and hot sauce to taste, if using. Taste and season with additional salt if desired.
- Serve with Cashew Sour Cream, chopped green onion, and cilantro leaves, if desired.
This recipe is full of flavor and perfect for a cold day. It’s super easy to make and modify to your liking. If you have ground turkey or beef you could add that in to sauté with the onions for a meat version. I’ll probably do that next time and top off with sour cream and cheese! Yum yum!