Quick Vegetarian Chili + Mustard Roasted New Potatoes


Quick Vegetarian Chili:

  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 to 3 chipotle peppers from a can*
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced, dried porcini mushrooms (optional but awesome)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (like Whole Foods 365 Brand)
  • 1 can drained pinto beans (like Whole Foods 365 Brand)
  • 1 can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (like Whole Foods 365 Brand)
  • 1 medium green pepper (diced)
  • 3 to 4 dashes liquid smoke
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • Mustard Rosted New Potatoes (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream (to garnish, like Whole Foods 365 Brand)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives (to garnish)

Mustard Roasted New Potatoes:

  • 1 1/2 pounds red new potatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (like Zatarain's)
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper (to taste)

Chili Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and make the Mustard Rosted New Potatoes.
  2. Into the work bowl of your food processor, place the garlic, onion, ancho chili, chipotle, cumin, onion powder, porcini, vinegar, and sugar. Blend until well incorporated into a paste. In a large skillet (one with a lid that fits) over high heat, add the canola oil.
  3. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the paste from the food processor. Cook the paste for 10 minutes, stirring consistently until all of the liquid has evaporated and the color is a deep red. Add the beans, tomatoes, green pepper, liquid smoke, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Pour chili over Mustard Rosted New Potatoes, cover loosely with foil, and return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Remove foil, top with cheddar, and garnish with sour cream and chives.

*Here is a great rule of thumb when using chipotle chills from a can: one chili = hot, two = medium hot, and three = very hot if you are making a recipe that will feed four people. Just remember, they are jalapeƱo chili peppers, so treat them accordingly. (We used 3 in this dish because we're pretty fireproof.)

Potato Directions:

  1. Toss the potatoes, canola, mustard, salt, and pepper together in a medium cast-iron skillet.
  2. Into a preheated 350 degree oven, place the skillet for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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