Easy Black Bean Chili

I just threw together a bunch of ingredients and made a delicious vegan black bean chili.  Thought I’d share the recipe since it’s chilly chili weather now.

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I don’t really measure, so if you are a measurer you’ll have to tinker with the amounts by tasting the sauce.

I cut up four medium size “vine” tomatoes, half a yellow onion and one green pepper and tossed them in the cooking pot (you could do this in a crock pot too!) that had about 3 tbsp of olive oil in the bottom

I let this cook on medium heat for about half an hour, then covered it for about an hour.  The tomatoes made it all plenty moist without adding water.

Remove the lid and mush up any tomatoes still holding their shape.  You don’t have to take the skin off you don’t have to do anything but smash ’em up a bit.

I happened to have three cans of black beans in the cupboard, so that’s what I used.  I dumped in the black beans.  I think you could use pinto or kidney and adzuki beans too, if you wanted to.  Or mix it up with any combo of those you have.  But these black beans taste nom.

Seasonings – measurements are approximate:

3 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp paprika
2 tsp tumeric
2 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp fresh ground pepper2 tsp salt

Mix it all together well and add about 2 cups of water and let it simmer simmer simmer while some of the liquid reduces.  I like leaving it a bit like a broth because I put tortilla chips in a bowl and pour the chili over the chips and add some liquid to soften the chips up and eat it like that.  If you want a thicker broth, add a little corn meal and corn starch to the liquid (like a tablespoon) and mix well.

If you are doing this in a crock pot I would just put all of the ingredients in (don’t forget the two cups of water!) and let it simmer on low all day.  When you get home if there is too much liquid, then turn it up to high and leave the lid off for a little bit while you do other stuff.

You could add lots of other ingredients to this to make it yummy.  Like jalapenos and corn, for example.

You can also ad some vegan cheddar shreds if you like – but I am actually getting used to having a lot less cheese in general.

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