Saturday, November 06, 2010

Chili! Chili!

1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 bell pepper - green, red, or orange
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1-2 cups vegetable broth (depending on how thick or thin you want your chili)
3 cans of beans - your choice
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Spices to taste - Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Red Pepper flakes

To sweeten the chili just a bit:

Handful of brown sugar
Dash or two of Cinnamon

1. In a stockpot, saute the onion, garlic, and pepper.
2. Add all remaining ingredients
3. Allow to simmer for about 45 minutes. (Or put everything in crockpot and cook on low)
4. Enjoy :)

Top with cheeze, sour cream, and cilantro/parsley, if desired.

This is an adapted recipe; original found here: Chicken and Black Bean Chili - AllRecipes

(Cornbread recipe here. Topped with agave.)


Lietta Ruger said...

Nice pics of the ingredients before cooking the chili. Lots of ingredients went into the making of the chili. The recipe itself makes it appear to be an easy meal to make.

Lietta Ruger said...

Hey, is that cornbread with the chili? What is the cornbread recipe?

Lica said...

It is cornbread...topped with agave! The link to the recipe is toward the end of the post :) The cornbread is not sweet at all, but the agave makes up for it.

Lietta Ruger said...

Oh finally, someone I can ask - what is Agave? I've seen it often in vegetarian/vegan recipes and I really don't have a clue what it is or how to use it. Sounds like it is something sweet or used in place of sugar or ?? Why use it in place of sugar?

Lica said...

Agave replaces honey in our house :) It sweet and (almost) honey. Good info here:

And, to answer your replacement question - agave comes from a plant, which is why it replaces honey (bees).

As far as sugar goes...regular (refined) sugar is sometimes filtered using charcoal, which is sometimes made from animal bone.