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Recipe: Bean and Mushroom Chili

This is my version of Rachael Ray’s “Meaty, Meat-less Chili recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/meaty-meat-less-chili-recipe/index.html) mainly because there’s no ancho chillies available here in New Zealand. I decided to use a few ingredients I have in my pantry: dried mixed beans, garlic granules (which I bought by mistake thinking that it’s garlic powder), and dried chili flakes.

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Ingredients:

1 cup dried mixed beans or any type of beans you want

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or any cooking oil of your choice

8 portabella caps, wiped clean, gills scraped, chopped

4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced or 4 teaspoons of dried garlic granules

1 large onion, chopped

1 thinly sliched green or red chilli, or dried chili flakes, or freshly chopped chilli from a jar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

A scant palmful smoked paprika

A scant palmful cumin

A scant palmful coriander

Pinch ground cinnamon

1 can black or kidney beans and

1 (15-ounce) can regular or fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes

1 cube vegetable stock

Directions:

Soak the dried beans overnight or the day before. Put them in a pot of boiling water just enough to cover all the beans. Add water when it’s reduced.

In a separate pan over medium-high heat, put in 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 4 turns of the pan. Add the mushrooms to the hot oil and brown 12 to 15 minutes, then add the garlic, onions, fresh chili or dried chili flakes, salt and black pepper and soften 5 to 6 minutes more, season with a spice mixture of paprika, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon.

Add the mushroom mix, canned beans, and tomatoes to the pot of dried beans, crush the vegetable stock cube, mix together, cook 15 minutes until thickened, then turn off the heat and sit for a few minutes before serving.

You can serve this with brown or white rice, chopped or mashed potatoes, and even tacos.

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My name is Charica Roche, a writer, food lover, adventure seeker, color addict, and curious-driven person who truly believes in personal and spiritual growth. Writing helps me become a better person because it makes me feel grounded and it encourages me to be honest about things. Currently based in New Zealand, I'm constantly searching for and following my curiosities through books, art, music, dancing, and other aspects of a life well-lived through my own terms.

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