Sunday, September 25, 2011

Veggie Chili

My friend Rebecca shared this recipe with me a few years ago. The first time I had it at her house, she sent me home with a big tupperware full of leftovers because it makes such a huge amount. Ever since, it has been in our meal rotation every fall and winter. I have kept the basic recipe the same, but bulked up the veggie portion even more (along with adding butternut squash).
I love garnishing this wish a few cubes of avocado and some freshly chopped cilantro- it adds some fresh and creamy flavors to the finished product.
Veggie Chili
(Print Recipe)

2 medium zucchini (or yellow squash), chopped
3-4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
3-4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cans diced tomatoes (14 1/2 oz. each)
10 oz frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can cannelloni beans drained and rinsed
1 jar salsa
salt and pepper
optional garnishes- black olives, hot sauce, diced avocado, fresh chopped cilantro

Combine all ingredients (except garnishes) in a large slow cooker (stir well). Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours or high for 5 hours. Garnish as desired.
I love the slow cooker because I can leave it and forget it. I also love setting it in the morning and coming home to the delicious smell of chili in our house... not to mention, the fact that dinner is done when I walk through the door! I am not a morning person, so I either chop everything up the night before... or put Nate in charge of it.
Such a hearty and delicious recipe!

Yesterday, I completed putting up all my Fall decorations. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy this time of year? I particularly love the orange lights along the top of our fireplace, brightening up the corner of our living room.
Chili and orange string lights... yes, it's the little things.


  1. what a great idea to add avocado. i can just imagine it giving the chili more of a fresh taste with a nice contrast of texture.

    side note, i'm happy that you posted two days in a row- i've missed you!

  2. aww, thanks Caitlin. I have missed my little blogger world- I am just catching up on reading the blogs I follow, too. I hope to post a little more often again!

  3. Well my hubby and I just went out this morning to buy the stuff to try this and it's cooking now should be done by the time he gets home from work tonight ^_^ lol we kinda screwed up and bought enough for 2 batches lol hope we love it XD

    hugs and Kisses

  4. this looks sooo yummy... can't wait to try it out! :) perfect for the weather, too!

  5. Kristalia, Just one batch makes a huge amount, so hopefully you LOVE it :) Felicia, I agree- perfect for colder weather!

  6. That looks amazing, but I never would have thought it call it chili. I probably would have called it some kind of a salad. It's great, chilis need more veggies in them. Hope you are well. I had to "read all" on all the blogs when I came back from vacation/hectic weeks. I hope I didn't miss too much.