Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Vegetarian Chilli | Vermont Adventure

 I want to start this post with a question  

How do you cook for 10 people when there is a deep chill in the air and some are vegetarians, garlic allergies (me), and hungry men, picky ladies (me)? 

The answer was simple VEGETARIAN CHILLI 

I can take no credit for the Veggie Chilli idea (that was our friend Matt - who was the Executive chef of the trip...side note I love hanging out with Matt because we can talk food, recipes and ingredients for hours).  The chilli was so rich and deep in flavor and really made with random ingredients until the flavor popped.  We included a toppings bar so people could dress-up their chilli however they wanted.  

The wine was good, the chilli was great and the company was the best!  If you have any weekend adventures with friends planned for the winter, I highly recommend you add this to your menu!  Its so simple, deep in flavor and an overall crowd pleaser!    

We really had no real recipe, but I will try to recreate below!     

Vegetarian Chilli Ingredients:
  • Onion (chopped)  
  • Green Pepper Chopped 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans of black beans 
  • 1 can of kidney beans 
  • 1 can of white beans 
  • 1 bag of lentils 
  • 2 jars of tomato puree 
  • 1 can of Amy's Lentil soup mix 
  • 1 beer 
  • 4 packets of Chilli Seasonings 
  • 1 TBSP Red Pepper Flakes 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste 
Toppings Bar:
  • Sour Cream 
  • Shredded Cheese 
  • Chives
  • Hot Sauce
  • Corn Bread 
  • Fritos 
  • Crackers
  • Sautee the onion and green pepper in olive oil until soft 
  • Add everything together in a pot and let simmer for 1 to 2 hours 
  • Include a toppings bar and let everyone dress the chilli as desired

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