Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Herbivore's Out-of-this-World 5-Bean Chili

Okay, so Recipe #4 of The 2011 Cookbook Challenge required a little something extra. We need some chili to go with our cornbread! So I came up with a new chili recipe. I just love experimenting! I decide to post this on and soon after they gave a special announcement on Facebook about my recipe! How exciting! You can really find some really good vegetarian/vegan recipes on their website. Hope you enjoy my latest creation!

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1/2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 5 (small- to medium-sized) carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 (14.5-oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-oz) can organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz) can organic soy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5-oz) can dark red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 (15.5-oz) can light red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 (15.5-oz) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalepeno chili pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)
  1. In a dutch oven pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the onions, minced garlic, celery, and carrots until tender (about 5-7 min).
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, beans, red bell pepper, jalepeno and hot sauce.
  3. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, cumin seeds, garlic salt, and oregano. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Optional serving suggestion: Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro. Stir into chili for a delicious flavor.
  6. Serves 4-6.
The cilantro mixed into the chili brought out an amazing flavor. Cilantro is an acquired taste. It has a very distinct flavor and most people either love it or hate it. If you bring up the word cilantro to my sister she freaks out and will go on and on about how much she despises it. I will admit, I did not like it at first, but after quite a bit of experimenting with different foods and flavors, I have realized I do in fact like this little herb! And again, it is AMAZING when stirred into this chili! Enjoy!


  1. I love cilantro! But I never thought to add it to chili! What a great idea! :)

  2. Add it to your chili the next time - you will see the cilantro brings out an amazing flavor! Yum!