Monday, January 24, 2011

Three Bean Chili

Since it is cold enough here to freeze your nose hairs, I decided to make this favorite chili of mine.  It all goes back to when I was a senior in high school.  I attended this really cool summer camp on Lake Michigan with campers from all over the world.  It was a neat experience, let me tell you.  (I still have one special friend who I still send Christmas cards to.)  But typical of Michigan, mother nature decided to throw in a week of fallish weather.  Since I hadn't packed too many warm items to wear, I hit the soup bar almost every day.  They had a vegetarian 3 Bean Chili with zucchini in that I really, really liked. 

Years later, I was flipping through a Family Circle magazine and came across a similar recipe.  BTW, found this picture on the Internet since I forgot to take my own...we are going to call it close enough!  LOL

Here is my version of that:

3 Bean Chili

1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans,drained and rinsed
1 can northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (28 ounces each) of petite diced tomatoes
1/4 c ketchup
2 diced zucchini, small
1 diced onion, medium
2 sweet bell peppers, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 TBSP chili powder, 3 if you like it hot
1/2 tsp oregano
Cheddar cheese and sour cream for garnish

In a large stock pot, saute olive oil, garlic, chili powder, and onions for 3 minutes.  Add peppers and zucchini and continue to saute for 5 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes, ketchup, and oregano.  Cook for 8 minutes over medium heat.  Stir in the beans.  Cover pot and cook for 3 minutes.  Garnish if desired. 

If you are by chance following the NEW Weight Watchers Points Plus program, it is 8 points for 2 and 1/2 ladles of this soup, without the garnish. 


Allie said...

I LOVE chili in this weather! But you'll have to explain what EVOO is.
My chili is pretty easy - kidney beans, hamburger, diced tomatoes and a large jar of mild salsa. Topped with sour cream and shredded Mexican cheese. I'm a LAZY cook. *G*

Nikki said...

I think EVOO is Extra Virgin Olive Oil...only know because of Rachel Ray. ;)

This chili sounds delicious!

Thimbleanna said...

Yum! That recipe sounds wonderful -- thanks for posting. And maybe a nose mitten to protect those nose hairs LOL!

Michele said...

This sounds good! I'll have to make some :) Even here in Floida it's a good soup and rainy. Thanks for sharing it :)

Linda in Arkansas said...

The chilli sounds (and looks) so good! I really want to try it tonight. I won't as I don't have the beans. After I go shopping I will.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

wish I liked to eat beans because your chili sounds really good. But no beans cross my mouth. I don't like those little buggers!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Yummo - that sounds really good Kris! I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with us!

Cheryl said...

Oh yum!!!!!! I can't wait to have this. Thanks for the yummy recipe!