Very Veggie Spicy Chili

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Very Veggie Spicy Chili

This American Style Very Veggie Spicy Chili is a great “comfort food” on those cold, wet and chilly days.

Very Veggie Spicy Chili Recipe-

Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. In a Dutch oven or large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté the bell peppers, carrots, and bell peppers, with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, stirring often, until carrots start softening—7 or 8 minutes.
  3. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté about 2 more minutes, until becoming translucent and fragrant.
  4. Now add in the cumin, coriander, oregano, chipotle, chili powder and tomato paste and continue to cook, while stirring, until the tomato paste is brick red, about 4 minutes. Make sure the mixture is not sticking to the bottom of the skillet—if so, add just a dash of water, scrape the bottom and stir until the mixture is moistened well again.
  5. Add in the coffee and simmer until nearly completely reduced, 30 seconds or so should do it.
  6. Stir in the chocolate, beans, jalapeno pepper, corn kernels, and tomatoes, with 2-1/2 cups water, and adjust the heat to where the mixture is cooking at a mild simmer, then add the cilantro in, stirring and blending well throughout.
  7. Stirring every now and then, let the chili simmer-cook, uncovered, for about 1-1/2 hours, until becoming a bit thickened. If you like a really thick chili, simply cook longer, uncovered. Be sure to occasionally stir, scraping the bottom, to make sure nothing is burning and sticking to the skillet down there. Also, about 1 hour into the cooking, do a taste test, see if the salt and pepper levels need adjusting.
  8. To serve your Very Veggie Spicy Chili, ladle generous portions into serving bowls, but still leaving some space for toppings. Have set on the table dishes holding the various toppings for each person to choose from. My personal favorite is first a layer of shredded, sharp cheddar cheese, followed by a layer of shredded lettuce, and some slices of avocado on top.

Note: Very Veggie Spicy Chili also tastes great served on top of a mound of freshly steamed rice.


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