Award-Worthy Flavor: Whip Up This Gold Star Vegetarian Chili!
Sometimes it can feel like there is a lack of variety when it comes to vegetarian recipes, but this vegetarian chili is sure to put a smile on your face and warm your soul. This chili is packed with flavor and will have your family and friends asking for seconds! The combination of vegetables and spices creates an award-worthy chili that is sure to be a hit at any gathering.
Vegetarian Chili Ingredients
The best part about this recipe is that it’s really easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen. To make this vegetarian chili you will need the following ingredients:
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 onion, diced
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 red bell pepper, diced
-2 stalks celery, diced
-1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 15-ounce can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
-1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
-1/4 cup tomato paste
-1/4 cup chili powder
-1 tablespoon ground cumin
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
-1 teaspoon smoked paprika
-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-Salt and pepper to taste
This chili is easy to make and is a great way to bring extra flavor to any meal. To get started, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced bell pepper, and diced celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about five minutes.
Next, add in the black beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Finally, season the chili with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the chili with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, diced onions, sour cream, or cilantro and enjoy!
This vegetarian chili is delicious as is, but if you’re looking for an extra flavorful spin on the classic dish, there are several options.
For a Mexican-style chili, add a can of corn and some diced jalapenos to the chili when you add the other vegetables. If you’re looking for a bit of sweetness to your chili, try adding diced sweet potatoes or a can of pineapple chunks.
If you’re looking for a more filling chili, add some cooked quinoa or bulgur wheat to the chili. You can also add cooked ground beef or turkey to make a heartier version of the dish.
No chili is complete without some delicious toppings! The topping selection can make or break a chili dish, as they can help to create a truly unique flavor.
Some of the most popular chili toppings are shredded cheese, diced onions, sour cream, sliced jalapenos, diced tomatoes, and cilantro. If you’re feeling adventurous, try topping your chili with some crushed tortilla chips or even a dollop of guacamole for an extra flavor punch.
Tips for Making the Best Vegetarian Chili
When it comes to making the best vegetarian chili, there are a few tricks that can help you create an award-worthy dish.
First, make sure to sauté the vegetables until they are softened before adding in the canned ingredients. This will help to bring out more flavor in the vegetables and help build an even better base for the chili.
Second, use a combination of spices to get the best flavor. The chili powder, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper used in this recipe combine to create an amazing flavor. You can also adjust the amount of each spice to your taste.
Lastly, make sure to season the chili with salt and pepper to taste. This will help bring out the flavors of the ingredients and create a well-rounded chili that is sure to be a hit!
Storing Leftover Vegetarian Chili
If you have any leftover chili after serving, it’s important to store it properly to ensure it’s still safe to eat. To store the chili, let it cool to room temperature and transfer it to an air-tight container. The chili will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.
You can also freeze the chili for up to three months. To thaw the chili, transfer it to the refrigerator overnight. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until it is heated through.
This vegetarian chili is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with its award-worthy flavor. The combination of vegetables, spices, and toppings creates a unique flavor that will have your family and friends asking for seconds.
This chili is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen, making it perfect for busy weeknights. Once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll never want to go back to a boring bowl of chili ever again!
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