This is my tried and true chili recipe. I use this as a base and then add chicken or sausage or both! I sometimes add summer squash and corn. You can go wild with spice or go light. My friend always uses a chili spice packet in lieu of the listed spices below. Have fun!
I’d like to show you some photos of me making this dish, then below will be the complete recipe for you to use. Note: my photo steps may not be inclusive of all steps so use recipe for details.
I start off by slicing my onions.
I like to Saute onions and mushrooms with some olive oil to get a yummy flavor base started. Take your time sauteing these up as it will make a difference when you have lovely caramelized onions in your flaor base.
Delicious onions and mushrooms.
As the onions and mushrooms are cooking a dice up the other vegetables that I will be adding. Zucchini, Summer squash, corn, carrots are all favorites. The nice thing about this recipe is you can use the vegetables you want.
Here is a lovely local zucchini getting ready to be diced.
As the vegetables are diced I add them to the onion and mushroom mixture and they are start to cook slowly. I add the can of tomatoes and the spices and let it bubble for a bit.
Then I add beans to the pot.
Stirring all of the ingredients together, well actually its more of a “fold” the ingredients together. Let is simmer for a while. The spices and vegetables will soften and join together.
And it will begin to look yummy like this.
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped garlic
- ½ tbsp chili powder
- ½ tbsp ground cumin
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- ¼ tsp hot sauce
- 1 17 oz jar of salsa
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 medium Onion, chopped
- 1 carton of fresh Mushrooms sliced
- 3 small zucchini chopped
- 1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 15 oz can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- Heat oil in a dutch oven
- Add onions and saute until light brown
- Add mushrooms and cook together until yummy
- Add zucchini and garlic and cook 2 minutes more
- Add salsa and diced tomatoes, stir together
- Add all beans, stir together
- Add all spices and fold into mixture
- Simmer for 20 minutes
Serve with Shredded cheese on top with a side of nacho chips! (These suggestions not included in nutritional information)
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