Friday, October 3, 2014

Kicked UP Vegetarian Chili - Crock Pot Easy - 52 Soups and Chili Recipes

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This is a "really"... I just can't believe something this good is so good for you.

The "Kicked Up" part of this recipe is two types of Spicy peppers.  First I added Minced Jalapenos for that back of the tongue hint of spice.  But next I kicked in some Peppers from a can of Chipote Peppers in Adobe Sauce.  These are HOT HOT HOT and make this soup come with a suggestion.

Know your guests, know the tastes of the folks eating with you.  I served this to a group of BBQ enthusiasts that wanted to challenge themselves with a GREAT Vegetarian dish.  WE LOVED THE SPICES.  But if you are careful about the amount of spice you like, either cut the amount of these peppers in half (or less) or even leave them out altogether.  This is very much an ingredient that you add... TO TASTE!

OK, now that the warning is over, I LOVED this soup.  Rich Thick Delicious Gravy surrounds almost every veggie you could want.  Lots of protein from the beans and plenty of spices so you feel full and satisfied.

The tastes blend perfectly.  I would not hesitate to offer this for any soup course.  I even served this up along side a Chicken Chili and a Meat filled red Beef Chili as a vegetarian option at a catering "Soup and Sandwich" lunch.


OK... Here's what I did...

Kicked UP Vegetarian Chili - Crock Pot Easy

  • 1 Medium Green pepper, Seeded Large Dice
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, Large Dice
  • 2 Medium Jalapeno Peppers, seeds and white membrane removed, Minced Fine
  • 3 TBS Olive oil
  • 10 Button Mushrooms, Thick Sliced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, mashed and minced
  • OPTIONAL - 2 Peppers from a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce. Minced (To Taste, these add a lot of spice to the soup so know your eaters. May decide to leave these out completely or use less)
  • 1 TBS Chili Powder
  • Salt and pepper to Taste
  • 1 Can (15 Ounces) Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can (15 Ounces) Chili Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can (15 Ounces) Whole Kernal Sweet Corn
  • 1 Can (15 Ounces) Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Stock
  • 4 TBS Flour
Cooking Directions
  1. In a Large Heavy Bottomed Skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the Onions, Green peppers and Jalapeno Peppers. Saute for 5 minutes, until the onions begin to turn translucent.
  2. Add the Mushrooms, garlic and the optional Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce to the skillet and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the seasonings, Chili Powder, Salt and Pepper and stir to mix.
  4. Transfer to a large Crock Pot. Add the Canned Beans, Corn and Tomatoes. And finally add the Stock. Turn the Crock pot to desired setting... High if you want to eat in 4-5 hours, Low if you want to eat in 8-9 hours.
  5. 1 hour before you plan to serve the soup, make a thickening roux... In a heavy bottom small saute pan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the flour and stir continuously for 5 minutes. The roux will thicken, begin to darken and just take on a nutty aroma. Be careful to stir continuously and do not let the flour burn.
  6. Transfer the thickening roux to the soup and stir to mix. Within a half hour the soup will have a thick rich gravy. Add additional roux if needed or you like a really thick gravy.
  7. Serve HOT and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Recipes for Soup, Chili or Chowder" (Now more than 52 and still growing)

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So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of "52 Ways to Cook SLOW COOKER-CROCK POT Easy Recipes"!!!

From meat dishes (Like an AMAZING Root Beer Pulled Pork that will feed a small army), to kitchen staples (FREE Gallon of Chicken Stock anyone?) to a slew of Soup and Stew recipes, these are the dishes that will change the way you cook.  Start in the morning, set and forget and dinner is on the table... Easy Peasy indeed!!!


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