Even though this recipe contains a laundrylist of ingredients, none of them are particularly difficultto find. If you’ve been searching for a good, hearty vegetarianstyle chili look no further — this is it.
Recipe: Cafe Brenda BlackBean Vegetable Chili
2 1/2 cups dried black beans
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, minced or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
Sour cream, optional
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, optional
Source: Adapted from Chili Nation by Janeand Michael Stern (Broadway Books, 1999).
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