- 1 cup dried black beans soaked and cooked (see below) or 1 large can rinsed
- 1 cup dried kidney beans soaked and cooked (see below) or 1 large can rinsed
- 1 cup dried navy beans soaked and cooked (see below) or 2 cans rinsed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 diced onion
- 3 minced cloves garlic
- 2 stalks diced celery
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
- 1 diced zucchini
- 1 diced bell pepper
- 1 diced or shredded carrot
- 2 diced celery stalks
- 1 jalapeno pepper (or to taste)
- 1 pound sliced mushrooms (I use cremini and/or portabello)
- 6-7 fresh peeled and diced tomatoes (see below) or 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (which has been soaked in water for 1 minute and then rinsed)
- 1 cup water/vegetable broth or more depending on desired consistency
- chopped cilantro
- In a large pot or Dutch oven heat oil and cook onion until soft. Add garlic and celery. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne, sea salt, cinnamon and cayenne. While stirring cook for 1 minute to bring out flavours.
- Add all the beans, zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, quinoa and water.
- Cook for 35-45 minutes on medium to low heat or until vegetables are soft. I prefer to let it simmer for another 30 minutes to enhance the flavours.
- Add 1/4 cup cilantro just before serving and stir into chili or have set aside to add to individual bowls.
Peeling Fresh Tomatoes
- Boil a pot of water.
- Put an x with a knife on the bottom of the tomatoes.
- Place tomatoes in boiling water for 30-60 seconds.
- Remove and place in cold water.
- Peel and then chop if needed.
Soaking and Cooking Beans
*I generally cook extra beans and freeze the remaining. The method below will create approximately 4-5 cups of beans.
Option 1-soaking then boiling (more environmental, slower)
- In a large bowl add 2 cups dry beans, rinse with water and remove any poor looking beans. Add 6 cups fresh cold water to cleaned beans.
- Let soak for 6-8 hours on counter.
- Rinse beans and place in a large pot. Add 6 cups fresh water to the pot and bring to a boil. Tilting the lid a little let the beans simmer for 1 -2 hours depending on the bean.
- In a large pot add 2 cups dry beans, rinse with water and remove any poor looking beans.
- Add 7 cups fresh water to cleaned pot and bring to a boil, turn off and let sit for 1 hour
- Rinse beans again and add 6 cups fresh water to the pot and bring to a boil. Tilting the lid a little let the beans simmer for 1 -2 hours depending on the bean.