Autumn Vegetable Chili

| September 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

Last weekend, I was thinking up new recipes to work on when this idea for a veggie-filled chili came to mind. I’d almost call it a girl’s chili, but I truly hate when people refer to certain dishes as “man food,” so I surely shouldn’t be hypocritical and call this “girl food.”

It’s anyone who loves veggies food.

Really, this chili is all about fall produce. It begins with peppers, eggplant, leeks and kale — all from the farm where I get my CSA box … but you could easily find these in the grocery store or at the farmers market. The veggies, which are plentiful, bulk up the chili and make it feel substantial as you eat it. Once the veggies are all softened, you add in the (antioxidant-rich) tomatoes and beans … oh and the seasonings too. Then it just has to simmer.

You’ll notice that in the recipe, I am decidedly vague about the seasoning amount. Seasoning chili is a hard thing for me. While I love knock-your-socks-off hot chili, my husband and kids don’t. Not even close. So I always have to go mild for them. For myself, I and then doctor mine so that it has that bite that I crave.

Maybe someday we can be on the same page about the heat? Maybe? Eh, who am I kidding …

Autumn Vegetable Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp canola oil
1 bunch leeks, rinsed and chopped
1 cup chopped sweet bell peppers
1 cup chopped fresh kale
1 cup peeled and chopped fresh eggplant
1 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
1 29-oz-can tomato puree
1 6-oz-can tomato paste (plus two cans of water)
chili powder (1 tbsp for mild, 2 for medium, more as desired)
1 tsp cumin
pepper, to taste
1 15-oz-can dark red kidney beans

Directions

  1. Heat the canola oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook 3-5 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the peppers, kale, eggplant and salt. Stir well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir well.
  3. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, water, chili powder, cumin and pepper. Stir well. Stir in the kidney beans. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. feener says:

    just making one right now with veggies from my coop….i never thought about putting kale in ??? might have to throw it in there.

  2. Kate says:

    Oooohhh Love the idea of veggie filled chili.

  3. Looks like pure fall goodness in a bowl! Wish I had some of this for lunch.

  4. Tom says:

    Never thought of putting Kale in chilli, but I love Kale so will give it a try next time I cook.
    I have the same problem as you about liking my food much spicier than the rest of my family.

  5. Tonia says:

    This looks great. And I love sneaking kale in, one of my favorite veggies.

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