Cooking with Spices For Dummies
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This spicy vegetarian chili combines beans and vegetables. Add a few extra veggies if you wish, such as a sliced zucchini or yellow summer squash. This recipe freezes well.

[Credit: ©David Bishop]
Credit: ©David Bishop

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 50 to 60 minutes

Spice meter: Moderately spicy to spicy hot

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 green or red bell pepper, chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

2 medium carrots, finely chopped

1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced, to taste

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste

1 teaspoon cumin

One 14-1/2-ounce can chopped tomatoes

1 to 1-1/2 cups water, vegetable broth, or chicken broth

Two 20-ounce cans of beans, such as black, pinto, pink, or red kidney, drained and rinsed; or 4 cups freshly cooked beans (about 10 ounces dry)

1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1-1/4 cups (one 10 ounce package) frozen corn kernels

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons minced cilantro for garnish (optional)

1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a stewpot over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Add the jalapeno and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add the chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.

    Add the tomatoes, water, beans, and oregano. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover partially and simmer until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 30 minutes. If too much liquid has evaporated during cooking, add a bit extra.

  3. Add the salt and corn and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro and grated cheese.

Per serving: Calories 174 (From Fat 43); Fat 5g (Saturated 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 325mg; Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary Fiber 9g); Protein 7g.

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Jenna Holst is the author of Stews, (Hungry Minds, 1998) and Cooking Soups for Dummies, (Hungry Minds, 2001). Her work has been featured in many national magazines, including Food & Wine, Weight Watchers, and Reedbook. She has worked for many years as a food writer, culinary instructor, and consultant. Her clients have included several book publishers as well as PBS and cable television programs. Formerly a resident of New Jersey, she currently lives in South Africa.

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