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chili season

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Okay, now on to a recipe!  Chili is one of my favorite foods, but it just doesn’t taste the same in the spring or summer.  Fall temps have finally hit around here, so this weekend was the perfect time to make a batch of chili.  No two chili pots ever turn out the same for me, mainly because I don’t use the same recipe twice and I always end up adding stuff in.  This pot came out fabulous though – a little kicky, thick and hearty.  Love.

Slightly Spicy Veggie Chili

  • 2.5c. dried red beans
  • 1-2T. olive oil
  • 1c. onion, chopped
  • 1/2c. carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-29oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 2-14.5oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1c. broccoli, chopped
  • 1c. frozen corn
  • 1/2t. cayenne
  • 3t. oregano
  • 3t. cumin
  • 1T. sugar
  • 1t. salt

Presoak and prepare the beans per directions.

In a large pot, saute onion, garlic, and carrots in olive oil until tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Add in prepared beans and all remaining ingredients.  Stir well.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes until heated throughout.  Add more seasonings to taste.  Top with cheese, sour cream, bread, or crackers.  Serves 8.

I also went grocery shopping this morning for most of this week’s food.  I got:

  • 1.7lbs. peaches
  • 2 yellow peppers
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 3.5lbs. gala apples
  • apple juice
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • sour cream
  • whole wheat macaroni
  • two bags dried kidney beans
  • 1.75lbs. zucchini
  • garlic
  • 2 bags shredded cheese
  • turkey lunchmeat
  • cubed ham
  • corn chips

Grocery total: $37.11.


6 thoughts on “chili season

  1. We were just talking about how it is finally chili season and plan to make some this week! I like that your recipe is meat free 🙂 And called “Slightly Spicy.” Hee hee.

    1. I was kind of dreading it at first, but it’s been really fun (probably partly because I compete with myself to keep the bill low). You’re in CO, right? You might have higher prices there, but I’d encourage you to give it a try! It completely changed our budget this month to have our groceries not go over!

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