Friday, November 06, 2009

Vegetarian Crockpot Chili

Tonight is movie night with our fellow empty nesters (two other couples in the neighborhood - we've formed our own little secret society- shhhhh).   Anyway, we're watching "Across the Universe" - one of my favorites.  I realize it's basically a two hour long music video but I love it anyway!  I made a pot of vegetarian chili and we are set to go.  I know I've posted this recipe before but it really is a good chili recipe - especially for serving to non-vegetarians - they always seem to like it!

Vegetarian Chili

1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ ounce ground cumin seed
1 ounce plain chili powder
2 tablespoons dijon style mustard
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried dill
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons red wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
2 28 ounce cans chopped tomatoes (do not drain)
2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
1 small can sliced black olives
water as needed

Combine everything except olives in crockpot and cook on high for about 4 hours then reduce to low for another 4 hours or so. Add olives about an hour before you’re ready to serve. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.

Serves: 6-8

Adapted from Silver Palate Cookbook “Chili for a Crowd”



the mommy porch said...

So what exactly is texturized vegetable protein and where exactly does one find it in the grocery? I think I may have made the Silver Palate version of the recipe -- does it have eggplant in it?

Shawn Powers said...

Vegetarian chili is one of my favorite fall meals. I like it with and without TVP, as long as it's FULL of beans! :)

HayMarket8 said...

That looks messy and yummy! The best kind of chilli!

Guinnah said...

Hi Mommy Porch - TVP is dried bits of soy (this is the brand and kind that I use: http://www.bobsredmill.com/tvp-textured-veg._protein.html) that you can use in place of ground beef. It takes on whatever flavor you mix it with. It has a fair amount of protein in it and it's easy to keep on hand. I don't think the original of this recipe had eggplant in it..

Guinnah said...

Hi Shawn! I agree on the beans in chili - yum!

HayMarket8 - it is indeed messy and yummy! I love throwing a bunch of stuff in the crockpot and hours later having a good dinner. I resisted the crockpot for years because it just sounded so...I don't know...70's-ish. But I love it!