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Spicy Vegetarian Beer Chili

December 11, 2015

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Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a hearty bowl of chili, but it can be tough to find a delicious meatless option.  I’m a big fan of chili with a bit of a kick, and was having trouble finding a recipe that was the perfect combination of spicy and hearty with a strong flavor palette!  After browsing through a handful of recipes, I couldn’t find a recipe that was exactly what I was looking for… so I made my own!  Does this make me a chef?!  Maybe. ;)  My favorite part of this recipe?  It’s got a little something extra – BEER!  I saw a few chili recipes that included beer, and I decided that a delicious stout was the perfect way to add some depth to my chili recipe.  You can’t taste the beer in the final product {and obviously the alcohol burns off}, but it adds a great flavor and enhances the other ingredients in the recipe.  Honestly guys, I’m totally impressed with myself for creating my own recipe {which I’m calling “Spicy Vegetarian Beer Chili”} and it seriously turned out delicious.  Give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans diced tomato
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 4oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 bottle stout beer
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional)
  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic, and saute until softened.  Add spices and hot sauce (optional), and stir for 30-60 seconds.
  2. Add beer, and cook for about 8 minutes until the beer has reduced.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, and salt/pepper to taste.  Bring to simmer, and reduce heat to medium low to cook for approximately 20 minutes to thicken.  Be sure to leave the lid off while cooking, and stir occasionally.
  4. Drain and rinse beans and corn, and add to the pot.  Bring chili back to a simmer, and cook for about 5 more minutes.  Season more to your preference as needed.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings, like Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, hot sauce… the options are endless!

Trust me… it’s so yummy!  Feel free to adjust to your liking – you can easily make it more or less spicy, add in some other favorite veggies {like bell peppers or zucchini} or even add quinoa.  Enjoy!

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