If there is one meal this New-Mexican raised girl knows and loves to make, it’s Chili. Pizza, step aside, this is my winter Fave. It’s spicy, full of fiber & only vegetables.
Every time I approach the pot, a different combination is thrown into the mix. That being said, these are My Chili Staples:
*Black Beans, rinsed & drained
*Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
*Diced Tomatoes, undrained
*Salsa ( 1/2 – 1 cup)
*Cinnamon (this is Key!)
The rest of this batch contained corn kernels (as you can see), salt & pepper, cumin & green onion. Combine everything in a large pot and simmer for ~15-20 minutes.
Never shy away from adding what you want into that bowl – extra vegetable broth, more salsa, green chile (seeing a spice theme here?), green peppers, tempeh, etc.
The next day, I diced a celery stalk & chopped up some green pepper slices and stirred them right in. They softened in the microwave for the perfect leftovers-lunch!
Another mix-in I’ve experimented with is Polenta: stir in ~2 tbsp at a time while the chili is simmering, it creates a thicker texture and heartier chili! Our leftover polenta had apparently been in the fridge for a few days longer than it preferred. Not okay.
One last tip – top that bowl with a small spoonful of Greek Yogurt (instead of sour cream) & a sprinkling of shredded cheddar (which we did not have, sad). You’ll never look back…
What are your chili staples?
Or, your favorite winter soup(s)?