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).
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.
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.