Texas Three Bean ChiliIngredients
- 1 can black beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
- 1 can kidney beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
- 1 can pinto beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
- 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chilies (15 oz)
- 1 cup tomatoes, diced (I used grape tomatoes cut in half)
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning, if on hand
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chipolte or cayenne pepper, to taste
- 1 -2 teaspoon cocoa powder or one small peice of dark chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups water, + more if needed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt to taste
- scallions and cashew sour cream to garnish
In large pot heat olive oil. Saute onion and garlic until translucent, about 5 min. Add all ingredients to pot and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or so, stirring occasionally and adding additional water as needed, shouldn't need more than 1/4 cup if that. Taste for flavor adding anything you feel it needs. Serve with the sliced green onions and cashew sour cream. Serves three generously.
Cooking dried beans would be even better, texture and taste wise. Add more veggies if you like such as celery, carrots, bell peppers, corn, etc...delicious!
On to the Sweet Chia Cornbread....
Lots of texture and completes the chili dish, can't imagine it without. The chia seeds give this a little bit of a crunchy texture so those who don't like little bits of crunchiness can omit the chia seeds and 1/2 cup of water, it just adds some extra nutrition (see below) and is a nice mix up of the traditional corn bread. I enjoyed it best by breaking it up and eating in my chili barely noticing the bits. It was so good!
Sweet Chia CornbreadIngredients
- 1 cup organic corn meal (I used a course grind)
- 1 cup spelt flour, whole wheat pastry flour or flour of choice
- 5 tablespoons pure cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk
- juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted) or extra light flavored olive oil
Notes: You could also add in 1 cup corn to the mix.
Why Chia Seeds ?
100% more essential fatty acids than salmon
Double the anti-oxidants found in blueberries
6 times more calcium than milk
6 times more iron than spinach
41% your daily fiber in one serving
Provides natural extended energy. Known as 'Aztec running food'