Monday, February 22, 2010

Winning Chili Recipe

Here's the recipe for the chili that won the 'Best Overall Chili' award at Saturday's cook-off. Thanks to Valerie for sharing it!
Valerie's Sweet ‘n Smoky 3-Bean Chili

4 large onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
3 Tbls coconut oil
1 Tbls each mustard powder and chili powder
¼ tsp each cumin and cocoa powder
½ cup tvp granules
1- 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 4 oz can diced green chiles
1 baked yam, flesh scooped out, mashed
3- 15 oz cans beans(kidney, white, and black), undrained, and ½ cup water
1 cup of your favorite sweet BBQ sauce
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 Tbls Agave Nectar
2 Tbls Braggs Liquid Aminos(or soy sauce)
1 tsp liquid smoke
Tabasco sauce(optional)

In a 5 or 6 quart kettle, cook onions, garlic, and green pepper in oil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the onions and garlic are golden and the green pepper is soft. Add tvp granules and stir until coated.

Add mustard powder and cook, stirring for one minute. Add chili powder, cumin, cocoa, cinnamon, tomatoes with their liquid, chilies, mashed yam,beans and their liquid,tomato paste and BBQ sauce. Stir until well blended, then add agave, Braggs, and liquid smoke.

Reduce the heat and simmer rapidly, uncovered for about 40 minutes or until most of the liquid has cooked away and the chili has thickened. Stir often to keep it from scorching.**

Season with salt to taste and enjoy with your favorite chili toppings.

After simmering the chili for 15-20 minutes, pour entire mixture into a crock pot and cook 4-6 hours or overnight on a low to medium setting. This allows the flavors to "marry" even more and really breaks down the onions to a very soft, almost creamy consistency.

**Feel free to taste throughout the cooking process, adding more of any of the seasonings to your liking. Make it your own!

1 comment:

  1. YUM! This is going straight to next week's meal plan. Thanks so much for posting these recipes Tamara.