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Black Bean Chili with Veggies

Black Bean Chili with Veggies

Score a perfect ten for this super-healthy chili loaded with flavor. The addition of garden veggies to a classic garlicky black bean chili recipe makes it more nourishing and more interesting and tasty as well. We give it two enthusiastic thumbs-up!


4 cups water
1 1/4 cups black beans, presoaked, rinsed, and drained
1 3-inch strip dried kelp
3 cups cauliflower florets
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
1 1/2 cups sliced onions
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juices
10 sun-dried tomatoes
3 cups zucchini, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
Sea salt to taste

1. Bring water, beans, and kelp to a boil in a large stockpot. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, fro one hour, or until beans are soft. Add cauliflower and continue to simmer 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender.

2. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, onions. and cumin and saute 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to soften.

3. Add sautéed onion mixture to the beans, along with both diced and sun-dried tomatoes, and continue simmering for 5 minutes. Add zucchini and simmer another 10 minutes, or until tender.

4. Stir the chili powder, oregano, and salt into the chili, and simmer another 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Serve hot.

Serves 6 to 8.

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Adapted from Going Wild in the Kitchen, by Leslie Cerier (Square One, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Going Wild in the Kitchen, by Leslie Cerier (Square One, 2005).

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11:23PM PDT on May 9, 2013


11:21PM PDT on May 9, 2013


1:40AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

The best and my favorite part of Chili is the Beans!!! No meat for me. Thanks

11:35PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Thank you!

6:53AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

There is a bounty in Mexico on the head of anyone who puts beans in chili con carne. Its only 100 pesos, so all you need worry about are the karmic consequences of polluting their national dish.

7:25PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

One bowl of this and you would have all your necessary nutrients. What a great recipe. I'd add some blue-corn tortillas or corn bread.

5:59PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Yum, thanks for the recipe!

7:31PM PDT on May 10, 2012

Annie, another great bean dish. Thanks for posting it.

6:54PM PDT on May 4, 2012


6:48AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

thanks for article

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