Monday, June 4, 2012

Quick & Easy Spicy Vegetarian Mexican Chili

Know What You Eat: There is nothing like a hot bowl of chili on a cold winter/rainy day. It is the perfect combination of protein, carbohydrates, spices and with colorful vegetables. Black beans has the amazing protein-plus-fiber content, from a single, one-cup serving of black beans you get nearly 15 grams of fiber which is found especially helpful in lower blood cholesterol levels. By increasing the body's supply of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, black beans may be able to help lower cancer risk. Don’t be intimated with the list of ingredients. Basically all you need is black & kidney beans, veggies and spices. This fast and simple OR SLOW COOKER  recipe goes to Bree's SkinnyMommy where she is hosting Fresh, Skinny and Family Friendly Recipe CONTEST
Spicy Veg Mexican Chili
Preparation time: 20mins OR SLOW COOK METHOD 1-3 HOURS
Number of Serving: 4
Spice Level: 3-4 (adjust as per your taste)

1/2 C Kidney Beans
1 C Black Negro Beans
1/2 C Yellow corn
2 Stalks Celery
1 Big Onion,finely chopped
1 Green pepper,finely chopped
1 Red pepper ,finely chopped
1 Carrot ,finely chopped
5 Tomato (medium sized)OR (1-12oz.) Crushed tomato can
4 cloves Garlic,Chopped finely
2 Jalapeno pepper,finely chopped (optional)
2 tsp Cayenne Pepper or more as per your taste
1 1/2 tsp Salt as per your taste
2 Bay leaves
1/2 tsp Cumin pwd
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
2 tsp dried oregano leaves
3/4 C Water
1-1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Black pepper (or to your taste)
Juice of 1 small Lemon
Fresh Cilantro, chopped (optional)

1. Soak all the dry beans overnight, add salt and pressure cook till tender.
2. Bring 2 to 3 cups of water to boil then place the tomatoes and cover,keep it for 5 minutes.(Follow step 2 if not using Crushed tomato can)
3. On medium heat, in a wok add oil, finely chopped garlic and bay leaves.
4. Once the garlic is slightly browned, add the chopped onions and stir till it is slightly brown now add celery, bell pepper, carrot, jalapeno peppers.
5. Saute for 10 minutes and now add the peeled and crushed tomatoes,corn, water,cayenne pepper, salt, cumin/coriander powder, oregano leaves,cooked beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Depending on your preference adjust the consistency by adding more or less water.
6. Add black pepper,lemon juice and cilantro.

7. Add your choice of shredded cheese for absolute kid friendly palate, while also briefing them what is the goodness of this recipe when you sit together for dinner tonight.
8. Serve it with your choice of bread.

For slow cook method soak beans overnight and follow step 2,3,4,5,6 and 7. Just combine all ingredients INCLUDING soaked beans except the lime juice in a large slow cooker.  Cook on low about 2-3 hours. Constantly stirring and checking for right consistency.  Stir in the lime juice.  Serve with tortilla chips. OR with corn bread.

Tip: Add your choice of shredded cheese for absolute kid friendly palate, while also briefing them what is the goodness of this recipe when you sit together for dinner tonight.


Jeanette said...

What a wonderful chili filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients! It's summertime here in the U.S., but I will bookmark this for cooler weather.

Hari Chandana said...

Sounds interesting and delicious.. Love the recipe and presentation.. Yummy !!
Indian Cuisine

Archana said...

My dear I must thank you from the very bottom of my heart. I had made chilli once and in my cleaning spree the chit of paper vanished. So I tried once again as I remembered but the verdict was not too good. So I had given up .
Not any more this is something that has to be made especially when I want the day off in kitchen. What say?

Priya said...

Nutritious and healthy chilli, wonderful platter..

Joanne said...

I'd love a good bowl of chili any or cold. Especially one that's chock full of so much deliciousness!

Now Serving said...

Love this chili and make a similar one myself - It looks healthy and sumptuous dear! hearty post :)

Prathibha said...

Nice n hot chili..wat else we want on a rainy day..comforting meal

Jay said...

this looks delicious..I'd looooooooooove to try this..:P
Tasty Appetite

Anu Nandu said...

Beautiful looking and totally satisfying chilli!

SkinnyMommy said...

Saw you posted this on our slow cooker recipe contest. yay! I can't wait to try it.

Turmericnspice said...

awesome for a girls night in and a movie....

Subhie Arun said...

NUTRITIOUS AND healthy dish...frst time to ur blog...lov all ur veggie recipe..glad to follow
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