Monday, August 6, 2012

Veggie Chili

Aren't vacations great? All the relaxing, eating, playing, eating, shopping, eating, spending time with friends and family, and EATING. Oh the food, oh the food! Vacationing at home in Idaho can be just as good as any resort or cruise ship too, because my mom has a never ending supply of amazing food. Not only does she keep her place very well stocked, but every night she puts together the most delicious summer dinners. From big bowls of pasta, to grilled steaks, to delicious treats and desserts. And I LOVE every minute. Unfortunately it doesn't last forever, and the inevitable day comes when you have to go home and face the music. It's time to detox. That's when I pull out recipes like these. Delicious and packed full of the veggies that I probably wasn't getting enough of while vacationing. My mom sent me this recipe and it will probably be my permanent "food detox" recipe. It's warm, filling, and chuck full of all the vitamins and fiber that you could ask for. The kids even loved it, which is another reason I'll make it over and over!

Veggie Chili
Adapted from Cooking Light, December 2003


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped yellow pepper
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 16 oz cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn (frozen, fresh or canned)
1 zucchini, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
sour cream
shredded cheddar cheese


Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion, pepper, garlic and zucchini, saute for five minutes or until tender. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. If chili is too dry, add either chicken or veggie broth, or water to loosen. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Top with cheese, sour cream and cilantro if desired.


Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Thanks for stopping by, great blog!

I want to go and visit your mom! It sounds like the perfect vacation to me....

Lovely chili, can't wait to give it a whirl.



Lara said...

Sounds like a great vegetarian meal and I'm especially intrigued that the kids ate it! Will add this it my to-try list! :)

Sophia Lee said...

I want this with tons of cheese! It sounds wonderful, not like a detox at all. I'm glad you've had a good vacation. I feel like I need one right now!

Taste and Tell said...

I'm loving the sound of this. Love it!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

this looks great and so happy you had fun at home

Angie's Recipes said...

I love dishes loaded with veggies. This is one lovely chilli.

Debbie said...

Oh this sounds and looks wonderful. I am going to try this.....looking to eat healthier since I have indulged in way too much cake lately!!!

Barbara said...

Glad you had a good are NOT for worrying about dieting. :) Moderation is the key.

This dish looks wonderful, detox or not.

Pam said...

I love visiting family in Idaho and eating too! :)

The chili looks fantastic.

Blond Duck said...

That sounds so much better than what I make! I must try it!

Joanne said...

Oh yes, the post vacation detox...I'm totally in the middle of that right now! I could use a bowl of this chili...looks awesome!

Cathy said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe, Teresa. We are eating less and less meat and don't even miss it when I make flavorful, hearty dishes like this. I can imagine how much your mom enjoyed cooking for you and your family.

Reeni said...

I love a chili full of beans! It's so hearty you don't miss the meat. Sorry about your parents house! I'm glad it was ok in the end. How horrible and sad for those people who lost their homes. I can't even imagine what they're going through.

Anonymous said...

Without the two cups of onions (ew!) I am in! I love having more beans that meat in a chili.

Anonymous said...

Without the two cups of onions (ew!) I am in! I love having more beans that meat in a chili.

Blond Duck said...

Do you know any chills with chickpeas?

Velva said...

Welcome back! Staycations can be awesome, made even better by great meals. Yes, (sigh) even at home we need to return to our normal routines. I think this chili was a good start.