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Game Day Snack. . . .or meal. . .whatever. . .: Chili! Based off of Emeril Lagasse's Veggi Chili

06 November 2013

I have never been a huge fan of chili. When I was a kid, it was always LOADED with meat and beans. I decided to try out a different kind of chili recipe, where meat is optional! I came across this recipe, by Emeril Lagasse, called, "South of the Border Veggie Chili with Fixins".   WINNER! Even without the meat, this Chili is very hearty, and packed with flavor! I did a few things different with this recipe, but I always pull it out as a guide. Here's my version, which may be a little faster, but just as tasty!

What you'll need
  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapeno
  • Squash
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • cilantro
  • Kidney beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups of Chicken or vegetable broth 
  • Chili pepper
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • salt
  • Corn Meal
  • Olive oil

    Start by caramelizing onions, bell peppers, garlic and jalapeno, in olive oil.

Add, squash (I don't broil the squash, this is optional and it taste great, but I like one pot chili. lol) and allow it to cook down, Once it cooks down, add cilantro stems, seasonings, and cook for 2 minutes. Then add diced tomatoes and stock, and bring to a boil. Once it boils, cover and reduce heat. Add beans. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes (the longer, the better!) When chili is almost done, add the corn meal.


For the Tortilla strips, take a small stack of corn tortillas, and cut into strips. Heat a skillet with oil and pan fry until golden brown!

There ya have it! Top chili with strips, cheese and Sour cream (all is optional) Hope you enjoy. Again, go to the link on the top of the page, to get Emeril's recipe!