Serious Eats: Recipes
When it comes to chili, I am a man with opinions. I had my first awakening in college with the kind of strict, fundamentalist Texas chili that eschews both beans and tomatoes. For years I just assumed that was the final word on the subject, and I annoyed friends and relatives if any chili didn't meet those specifications. Luckily, I've lightened up over the years, and have come to even appreciate the Cincinnati-style chili that I grew up on. But vegetarian chili? Can such a thing even exist?
After an epic Thanksgiving week, I was looking for a meat -free meal that could still stand up to the cold weather. I was drawn to this recipe from The Amateur Gourmet. No, this isn't quite the same thing as my beloved Texas chili, but it is feisty and surprisingly filling for a recipe that doesn't contain any meat. The bulk of each bite comes from beans and bell peppers, while a dose of chipotle gives it a smoky edge. The best part is that it all comes together in about 45 minutes.