Just in time for the Super Bowl, a healthy chili recipe! I have made this a few times lately because our CSA keeps sending us lots of tomatoes and peppers, and I thought it would be a perfect way to sneak in a bunch of veggies to your Super Bowl party. I served it at a recent gathering of all of my in-laws, who each have decidedly different tastes, and it was enjoyed by all. My kids even ate the leftovers! You could definitely freeze it and enjoy on a busy day.
Roasted Veggie Chili
1/2 cup tomato paste or 2 cups pureed tomatoes
2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes
3 bell peppers chopped (one green, one red, one orange or yellow)
2 ears of fresh corn cut off the cob or 1 cup frozen corn
1 chopped onion
6 cloves of garlic minced
4 to 5 cups black beans cooked
1 package grass fed ground beef (optional)
1 tbsp chile powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450. Chop peppers, tomatoes, onions, and garlic and toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and half the chile powder and cumin in an oven safe casserole dish (I use my big Pyrex baking dish). Taste them to see if they are salty enough. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops of the vegetables are slightly browned and they have released their juices.
While they are roasting, toast the rest of the cumin, chile, and garlic powder in the bottom of a big soup pot. This really just means putting the spices into the empty pot over medium heat for about 20 seconds, just until you can smell them. This step really brings out the flavor of the dried spices, but stay close, if you walk away they will burn! If you are using meat add the ground beef and sauté until browned. Add the beans, tomato paste or pureed tomatoes, and 4 cups of water or broth.
Once the vegetables are roasted stir them in, then add the corn. Depending how thick or thin you like your chili you can add more water and adjust the seasoning. Cook on low, simmering for about 1 hour, or until it looks and tastes good to you! Top with chopped cilantro and serve. You could also make this with less liquid and use it as a dip or a topping for nachos! Mmmm.
Enjoy and have fun this Sunday! I’m always only at the Super Bowl parties for the food 😉