Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vegetarian Cashew Chili

On the search for a good chili, this one sounded unique and got good reviews. It was just OK. The cashews make it interesting, but otherwise it's pretty meh. I wouldn't make it again.

It should be noted that this recipe is stupid because it was apparently part of an article about camping or hiking and is thus written as though you would be preparing it over a fire in the middle of the woods. Instead, I threw it all in a pot on the stove. Maybe the magic actually comes from the fire in the woods? I don't know.

We had it with some Orange Cornmeal Bread.


Vegetarian Cashew Chili
Cooking Light, October 2003

3 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (15.5-ounce) cans red kidney beans, undrained
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, undrained
2/3 cup cashews, coarsely chopped

At home, place first 4 ingredients in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Combine vinegar and next 8 ingredients (vinegar through bay leaf) in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Place in cooler or backpack.

At campsite, heat oil in a large Dutch oven over hot coals (or in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat if at home). Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Add vinegar mixture, kidney beans, tomatoes, and pinto beans; cook 20 minutes, stirring often. Discard bay leaf. Stir in cashews.

Yield: 7 servings

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