This is not your regular chili. To get this pot of awesome delicious-ness going, I went into my "pretend root cellar" and got a few sweet potatoes (so thankful we still have some, and in edible condition).
The garage is too cold to store my potatoes. I put a card table up in my utility room (which has a doorway directly across from the side door we go out of most often). The heat is never on in that room, so it stays cool (unless we hit below zero and then I turn on the heat to prevent frozen pipes). Sadly, it was not the best way to store my red potatoes. When I got home from the hospital, I saw they all had long "eyes" on them. Back in November, the temperature was not cold enough in that room.
Thrilled I had homegrown sweet potatoes, I dug through my recipes, and could not find my chili recipe. I found it online and began to dig through my freezer:
- green peppers (I need to stock up more next winter)
- dandelions (pick of the draw this time)
Then I went to the pantry for black and kidney beans.
Then I went to my bins and pulled homegrown garlic.
Wa-la! Oh, and I pulled onions, but found the last two rotten. I had one shallot left. I guess I need to get back to restocking that ASAP.
The last step was the spice/herb cupboard - cumin, chili powder, cocoa, cinnamon and salt and pepper.
It's not your variety chili, but the shallot put some zest into the dish. Instead of canned fire-roasted tomatoes, I used my frozen tomatoes with some jalapenos (and a hit of Fire Powder) to jazz it up.
Lastly, I wilted some greens in water, squeezed them dry, and added them just before we ate dinner. We have lacked greens due to me not cooking, and it was a perfect time to get some.
This was the best darn vegetarian chili I have made yet! It's even better when you top it with a dollop of sour cream. The family devoured it. It's great if you have some frozen green onions or chives too. One kiddo came home from work, downed a bowl, and started fixing herself a bowl to take to work today, ha ha! Same with Hubby. I never missed the meat in it.
I made some skillet cornbread to go with it too. It's your basic bread, but baked in the cast iron skillet. Yum.
To figure out a dinner tonight? Using my "pretend root cellar" freezer, and pantry? I have no idea, but I will be shuffling things around to come up with something good.
Hubby took one bite, and looked and me and said, "you definitely didn't lose your kitchen skills." He devoured his first bowl standing up. I kid you not.
Note: When I used frozen garden tomatoes/jalapenos, they already contain water when thawed, so I do not add the extra water.
- In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Add the tomatoes (and their liquid), beans, sweet potato, and 1 cup water.
- Cover and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender and the chili has thickened, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total recipe time).
- Serve the chili with the sour cream, scallions, radishes, and tortilla chips.