Carol's Favorite Vegetarian Chili

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Title: Carol's Favorite Vegetarian Chili
Yield: 6 Servings
Categories: Chili, Stews, Damyankee, Vegetarian

Ingredients:

1 lg Onion; chopped
3 Garlic clove; crushed &
-pressed
2 tb Oil
1 Celery rib; diced
1 1/2 ts Chili powder
1 ts Cumin
1/2 ts Cayenne pepper
1 c Tomato; chopped
2 tb Tomato paste
4 c Beans, kidney, black, pinto
-and/or garbanzo; cooked
1/2 lb Tofu; crumbled (opt)
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 ts Oregano


Saute onion and garlic in oil until onion is soft. Add celery and spices.
Saute another 2-3 minutes. Add tomato and paste. Mash 2 cups of the beans
and add beans and tofu to the pot along with the salt and oregano. Simmer
30 minutes.

To cook raw beans:

Soak beans in water overnight, OR boil for 2 minutes and let sit, covered,
for 1 hour. Bring to a boil in same water and simmer about 1 hour or until
tender. (beans approximately double in volume, i.e., two cups raw = 4 cups
cooked)

Notes: I like cooking my own beans rather than buying canned beans.
: I use as many different beans as I have at home. Usually at
: least 3 of the 4 mentioned, and one of the 3 must be black
: beans because they are my absolute favorite.
: Add or subtract cayenne pepper for hotness level.
: A bit more cumin may be good too, I have yet to determine this,
: though.

per Carol Verge
Fidonet HOME_COOKING echo

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