One of our absolute favorite meals to make at our house is three bean chili. But when the weather turns warmer, it just seems a bit too hearty for a summer dish. Don't take me wrong, we still make it in hot weather from time to time, but when I saw this recipe for Summer Vegetable Chili in this month's Food Network Magazine, I knew it would be a good alternative to try out.
It takes less than an hour to make (and goes quicker if you have two of you in the kitchen chopping the veggies) and tasted delicious. Our market didn't have fire-roasted frozen corn, just the regular kind, but I thought it tasted delicious and the corn was maybe my favorite part, so I don't think I was missing anything. Not to say I won't try it with fire-roasted eventually if I find it elsewhere, but I don't think it makes or breaks the meal if you have regular corn instead. Also, if you leave off the cheese and sour cream there's no dairy in this, which is always a nice option.
As per our usual chili tradition, we ate it with tortilla chips, though the original recipe says to have it with a side of warmed corn tortillas. Maybe you're supposed to rip them up and dip them? I wouldn't think you'd make a burrito out of it, so not sure how that would work, but I guess it's personal preference.
Summer Vegetable Chili (from Food Network Magazine)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 poblano chili pepper, seeded and diced
2 portobello mushroom caps, chopped
2 cups frozen corn (preferably fire-roasted), thawed
2 14oz cans no-salt-added pinto beans
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
freshly ground pepper
shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and/or fresh cilantro for topping (optional)
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add all but a few tablespoons of the chopped red onion. Stir in the garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 min.
- Add the poblano, mushrooms and corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 3 more minutes.
- Add the beans, tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups water and /2 tsp each salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then stir and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the chili is thick, about 20 min. Season with salt and pepper.
- Divide the chili among bowls. Top with the cheese, sour cream and/or cilantro; sprinkle with the reserved red onion.