Black Bean Chili
We really love spicy food and on a cold winter day there is nothing like a hot bowl of Black Bean Chili. This one is made with the vegan diet in mind. Cornbread muffins with it warm from the oven make a great pair.
Servings: 4 - unless you are big eaters like us!
Duration: about 45 minutes to 1 hour
Utensils: sauce pan, hand blender
Cooking surface: stove top
Tip: If you are using dried black beans instead of cooked, let them soak over night fully covered in water and increase the cooking time by 1/2 hour.
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 Tab olive oil
2 medium sized carrots, sliced
1 red pepper, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth
1 15- to 16-ounce cans black beans, drained
2 teas ground cumin
1/4 teas cayenne
1 or two bay leaves
1 Tab algave syrup
8 oz smoked tofu, optional
Salt and pepper
Sauté onion in olive oil until clear. Add vegetable broth, beans, carrots and spices and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and using a hand blender puree a portion of the soup leaving some of the beans whole. Check flavour and adjust the spices according to taste. Add the red pepper, algave and tofu if you are using it and cook for another 15 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley if desired.
Black beans are somehow a favorite of mine. There is something special about that creamy dark brown color. I especially like the spots of bright red from the red pepper.
Mar 24th, 2015
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Mar 25th, 2015
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Mar 26th, 2015
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