Fall, despite what the calendar says, has fallen in Calgary. Warm days (mostly) and cool nights. The leaves are falling – we really only have three colours here – green, yellow then brown. We only rarely have other leaf colours – the occasional purple, and the very, very occasional red. And that’s pretty much all we get. I envy Eastern Canada all the vivid colours of their maple leaves….not enough to risk sitting out winter in 15 foot snowbanks, though. 🙂
Since I discovered homemade soups and stews, I try to have them a couple times a week. They’re generally inexpensive, and often they are just full of vegetables – can’t go wrong with that.
I decided to make a chili with no meat – the mancub was dubious but willing, I’ll take what I can get, approval-wise.
- 1 28oz can of tomatoes – I used chopped but crushed would have worked better – I also used the can to add an equal measure of vegetable broth
- 3 long bell peppers – 2 regular peppers would be just fine
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups of corn, drained
- 1 can of kidney beans, drained
- 1 can of black beans, drained
- (I used the Instant Pot and cooked 1 cup of dried kidney beans and 1 cup of dried black beans)
- 1 to 2 stalks of celery
- 2 TB of chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small can of green chilis or some jalapeno or poblano or 1 tsp of cayenne
This is so simple – chop everything up and put it all into a soup pot. Put it onto the stove and let it simmer until the onions and carrots are cooked. I was going to put this into the oven and let it simmer in there, but I didn’t plan ahead and sort of ran out of time.
I simmered my chili until it had cooked down to almost no extra liquid – hence why I think crushed tomatoes might work better. This tastes really good as it is, though.
Serve with some sour cream and some grated cheese. I used Parmesan but cheddar or mozzarella would be ooey gooey good.
We were a little naughty and kind of made this into nachos….well, chili over tortilla chips. I was hoping to find some corn chips, but the store I went to had none – peculiar, right?