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Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Chili's one of those stick-to-your-ribs dishes that's perfect for snowy spring days, especially when you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This very basic recipe can be modified to taste; you can add meat-replacement crumbles, use less garlic or toss in a dollop of maple syrup, even serve it over some vegan skillet cornbread (see link below). And if you like a traditional-tasting, all-bean chili, just follow the formula.

See also: - Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday - Skillet cornbread for a hearty side dish on Meatless Monday - Vegan green chile for a seasonal favorite on Meatless Monday

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 28-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes 6 16-ounce cans chili beans 1 1/2 white onions 2 tablespoons oil 5-6 cloves garlic 2-3 small jalapenos (1-2 large) 2-3 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons oregano 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon thyme (heaping) 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or to taste) Water Cracked pepper to taste

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Dice one of the onions.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Throw the onions in the pot and cook for five to seven minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing them to soften.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

2. Peel the garlic.  

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

3. Rinse the jalapenos and remove the seeds and white "ribs" from the inside (or leave them if you want extra-hot chili).

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Dice the jalapenos.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Add them to the pot with the cooking onions.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

4. Use a garlic press to add the garlic to the pot.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

5. Add the chili powder.  

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

6. Add the oregano, cumin, salt and thyme.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Add the can of tomatoes and stir.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Fill the empty can about halfway with water and add it to the mix.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

7. Add the Tabasco.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

8. Look at the ingredients on your cans of chili beans; if no spices are listed, rinse off the beans and save yourself some unnecessary sodium. (Pro tip: Instead of rinsing the beans directly, fill an empty bean can with water and pour it over the beans -- this will keep them from breaking apart and getting mushy.)  

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Add the beans (and a little more water if you like) to the pot.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

9. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

When the mix is s bubbling, reduce heat and simmer until the chili is as thick as you'd like. (Twenty to thirty minutes should do it.)

Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

While it cooks, dice up the remaining white onion for a garnish.



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