Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spicy High Protein Black Bean Chili

Spicy High Protein Black Bean Chili

Today is definitely one of those rainy days that just makes you want to curl up under a blanket with a good book and a bowl of soup and stay put for awhile.  I didn't have the luxury of the blanket or the book yet, but I definitely enjoyed the soup, or in this case, chili.  I love cooking with beans because they are a meatless, high protein way to satisfy even the strongest appetite. Like most of my recipes, this one can be switched around depending on what type of beans and veggies you prefer or have on hand, because it is the basic process and seasonings that make it so deliciously simple.  Because I wanted more protein, I decided to add TVP (textured vegetable protein), which is basically just dried soy beans, into this chili, but that is completely optional. Either way, this is quick to throw together, can sit on the stove simmering for hours and will feed a family of 4-6 easily.  So feed your body, mind and spirit tonight with this bowl of healthfulness.

Spicy High Protein Black Bean Chili

garlic and onion

1/4 C. olive oil
6-8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
3 jalapeno peppers, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 T. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
1 tsp. coriander
2 cans of organic black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can of organic dark red kidney beans, or pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
diced peppers
1 can of organic diced tomatoes
1 4.5 ounce can of diced green chilies
2 C. organic vegetable broth
1/2 C. TVP (textured vegetable protein), optional
salt to taste

the cans I used
Add oil, garlic and onion to a large soup pot and cook about 5 minutes on medium heat.  Add in the carrots, diced jalapenos and red bell pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Add in the curry powder, cumin and coriander and cook another minute or two. Add in all the cans of beans, the diced tomatoes, the green chilies, the vegetable broth and the TVP and cook for about 30 - 40 minutes, or until ready to eat.  Serve with diced green onions, more diced jalapenos, sliced avocado, plain Greek yogurt and/or shredded cheddar cheese. Add salt to taste.

Delicious Dinner


  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    1. oops. thank you- the curry is supposed to read chili. My fault!! :)