Tonight, we have my vegetarian chili that has been vetted by not one, not two, but a whole HOST of Minnesota men. I like to do this with my vegetarian recipes, it's like the cooking equivalent of stress-testing a database.
And these are men, I might add, who gave me grief when I arrived at the chili cookout with this chili: "Hey, why'd you bring bean soup to our chili lunch? What is this?" An hour later, I had a parade of men coming past my cubicle: "Hey ... so, could you bring that chili in again soon?"
The recipe is here, at All Recipes. Please note that you do NOT need a slow-cooker. I have always made this in a soup pot, and it has always worked wonderfully.
The Best Vegetarian Chili
- 1 (19 ounce) can black bean soup
- 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (16 ounce) can vegetarian baked beans
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can chopped tomatoes in puree
- 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- Put all ingredients in slow cooker, or large soup pot.
- Stir with a large spoon. This is optional. (Seriously.)
- Let cook for 2 hours or so over medium-low heat. Stir sometimes. You know, if you want. You're technically supposed to leave it and forget about it, but this is difficult. You see ... the smell permeates the house. It is seriously difficult to ignore!
- Put the rest into containers for awesome lunches at work.
For the budget-conscious among you, here is a cost breakdown:
1 green pepper, $0.75
1 onion, $0.75
1 can black beans, $1.25
1 can kidney beans, $1.25
1 can chickpeas, $1.25
2 stalks celery, approx. $0.50
1 can corn, $1.25
1 small can baked beans, $2
1 tablespoon each parsley, basil, oregano, and chili powder: approx. $0.50
COST PER MEAL: For me, around $1.70, but then, I eat very small lunches (I sit at my desk all day!). If you only get 3 or 4 meals out of it, this is still clocking in at about between $2 and $3 per meal.