Now that the weather has started to turn cooler, we're all at the pumpkin patch and it's almost Halloween! We've been dying to start cooking with butternut squash, pumpkin and our fall veggies so I of course, could not wait to make chili and make it vegetarian, cause sometimes (okay most of the times) I don't eat meat. I can live on veggies, legumes and the like but I occasionally have meat. And I cannot nor will I be the meat police to others. To each his own.
Anywho, I decided to make this chili with what I had in the fridge, cause most of the time I'm cooking for others and forget about eating. That's right. I forget to eat. I'm always at the grocery store, the farmers markets, seafood markets for others and hardly have time (or make time) to prepare my own meals these days.
I just happen to have a butternut squash, 1 sweet potato, a few organic carrots, a can of corn, black beans, onion and garlic and spices. Viola! The makings of a perfect vegetarian chili, if I do say so myself. May I say, this chili messed with our (my families mostly) heads because the flavors and veggies were way out there when we think of traditional chili. But sometimes I like to go out in left field and do something different. And it really did work. It was a little spicy from the turmeric and chili seasonings, yet the squash, carrots and sweet potato calmed it down, along with the sour cream. I seared the corn at the last minute and threw that on for good measure. It seemed to give it another texture and flavor dimension as well.
So, if you're feeling a little risky and want to try something super flavorful for Fall this is one great recipe you'll want to try! I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. And, it's so easy to make you can whip it up in no time. Don't forget to comment below and let me know if you're going to make it, or come back and let me know how you liked it or hated it, for that matter :)
AUTUMN CHILI RECIPE
1 small Butternut Squash (peeled and cubed)
1 Sweet Potato (peeled and cubed)
1 - 2 med Carrots (sliced)
(1) 14 oz can of Tomatoes with juice
(1) 14 oz. can of Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
(1) 14 oz. can of Corn (drained)
4 cups of veggie broth
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 small - med onion (chopped)
1 clove of garlic (minced) more if you like garlic
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of coriander
1 tsp of turmeric
1 Tbsp of chili powder
Top: with sour cream, cheese, and whatever - serve with tortilla chips
Heat your oil in a medium to large dutch oven or soup pot, add your onion saute until translucent, then add garlic for about 5 minutes. Add your seasonings, cook this for about 2 - 3 minutes then add your veggies. Saute this for a few minutes then add your tomatoes, then your beans, then add your veggie stock and bring to a boil. Then turn down to a simmer and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour, you don't want to overcook your veggies, you will want them to have a little crunch but to be cooked. While this is cooking, sear your corn in one tablespoon of butter (or coconut oil) on med to high heat to char it. Add your chili to bowl, your cheese, sour cream, and serve with tortilla chips or cracker.
If you are lazy, you can opt to roast all the veggies with a little oil and salt in the oven at 425 degrees beforehand. Once the veggies are roasted, you can start the chili as above and then add the veggies at the last minute, then cook for about 20 to 25 minutes. You will get a nice roasted flavor but be careful not to overcook as your veggies may come out mushy when you put them with the stock and cook. But, it still works either way. I chose the lazy way (ha ha).
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