Thursday, June 20, 2013

"I Can't Cook" Vegetarian Chili

If you're one of those people who "can't cook to save their life," you may want to read this recipe and reconsider. Chili is one of those dishes where you can literally just throw everything into a pot, let it cook for as long as you want (okay... I wouldn't suggest a week-long cookout here, but you get where I'm going), and come back to it when you're ready to eat it. This recipe is about as easy as it gets when it comes to "cooking," and is great for those who have no time to cook but want to have healthy meals on hand (OAMC anyone?!) If you're a meat lover, feel free to add some ground meat (lean turkey, chicken, beef, whatever)-- though that requires a little real cooking! :P

Anyway, to make this "I Can't Cook" Chili, you will need:
1-2 onions, chopped
3 16oz cans of beans (I used 1 pinto, 1 black, 1 kidney)
1 16oz can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups corn (frozen or canned is fine)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cups water
optional: red pepper flakes and cayenne for some heat

To prepare, start by browning your onions in a large pot (coat the pot with non-stick spray or oil first). While they brown, rinse and drain all your beans using a colander. (If you're adding ground meat, add it here and let it brown with the onions). Once the onions have browned dump all (yes, all) the remaining ingredients into your pot, stir, and cover. Cook for minimally 15-20 minutes to let everything heat up and allow the flavors to marry, but I like to cook mine for more like 45 minutes to an hour to let the chili thicken a bit more. Pin It

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