I never thought I’d be leaving 85 degrees only to come home to 3 days of cancelled school. Not cool man, not cool. As we were flying home, B and I were looking down upon Chicago and all I could think of was wow, it looks…inhabitable. Like honestly, who lives here?
Well, we do. Unfortunately. So, it’s time to make the best of it. For now. I’m still in a vitamin D high from Florida. Give me a few days and I’ll be crying in the corner.
Anyway… on Wednesday (a high of -3) I pulled out all my tricks with the kids: PJ party, warm chocolate chip cookies, a fire, good movies, and this recipe.
If you want to kick some serious polar vortex butt, get this going in your kitchen asap. Hello, eight vegetables. Yep, eight. Also? Five beans. A heck of a lot of flavor and no meat. What you’re left with is a super duper germ fighting, temperature busting healthy comfort, all served up warm in a deep bowl next to a fire and a glass of… you guessed it, pinot.
To be precise, I literally ate this sitting on my floor next to our fireplace with 4 kiddos snuggled up in warm fuzzy blankets watching Scooby Doo. I couldn’t have been happier.
Take that polar vortex, TAKE THAT.
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 cups onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 cup chopped zucchini
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeno seeded and minced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
- 3 teaspoons dried oregano
- 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
- 4 cups organic vegetable stock (I used a bit more - have up to 6 cups available, if you like your chili 'soupier')
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15.5-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
- 1 (15.8-ounce) can unsalted Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (16-ounce) can unsalted pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 cups chopped kale
- Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion, and carrot; sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Add in red peppers, jalapeno, and zucchini. Saute until softened. Add in garlic, saute another minute or so.
- Stir in tomato paste and your spices, saute another minute or so.
- Pour in your vegetable stock, tomatoes, and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes or so. Taste to season - I threw in a bunch more of the spices, but, I like things with a kick.
- A few minutes before serving on low heat stir in your kale. Top with shredded cheese of your choice (smoked gouda never fails), sliced avocado, crackers, etc.
If you liked this post, check these out!
Latest posts by Courtney (see all)
- Roasted Bruschetta Salmon - August 30, 2018
- Four hour Bolognese - August 28, 2018
- Summer sandwiches - July 25, 2018
This week truly looks uninhabitable.
And I look like a total dork swishing through the Chicago streets in snow pants but it keeps me from arriving totally angry with frozen legs! Stay warm!
Tia @ HoPo recently posted…worth the risk
Long live snow pants!
Wow a perfect winter dish, love all the different beans, this will go on my winter meal list, hopefully will make soon,
Hope you try it out Catherine!
This chili looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe for us. There’s nothing like hanging out and watching movies and eating cookies on a snow day. We don’t have snow days in Texas but when they do close due to the weather that’s what we would do too and my kids were in high school – some things never change :).
Stay warm up there!
Corina Ramos recently posted…Work-from-Home Job Lead Round Up 01-09-15
The amount of spring clothing ordered this week was admittedly ridiculous. Winter denial is REAL. This looks like a deliciously perfect option to make sure everything still fits in … April? (optimism)
Love it – winter denial IS real, I’m with you. I hope you try this out and love it! It’s spectacular.
Mmmm… your soup looks super delicious! Of course, here in California, we don’t have to worry so much about the polar vortex (I’m not grinning. Really, I’m not) but we do have cold and foggy days. Once in a while. This recipe sounds like a winner – especially with a little glass of pinot on the side! Thanks.
Vickie recently posted…Orange Peel Candy
So jealous of your CA climate – amazing! Thanks for visiting!
Yep!! a good hearty soup, chili or stew will usually do it!! Thanks for sharing!! Hey I would love for you to share your stuff at My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link party!! Hope to see you there!!
Elaine @cookinandcraftin.com recently posted…My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party # 3
Thanks for stopping by Elaine! Your 2 favorite things sounds fun!
This is my kind of recipe! Thanks! 🙂
orangeheromama recently posted…#wordlesswednesday – A Peek at my Week 01/21 (linky)
Poo – Poo to the Polar Vortex, soon it will be spring, but until then, chili and soups are on the menu! #WWDParty
Antionette Blake recently posted…9 Superfoods to Boost your Brain
This looks wonderful! So perfect for chilly winter days:)
Ginnie recently posted…Hello, Friday! Link Roundup
You brought the most delicious dish to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls
Lou Lou Girls recently posted…Best, Quickest and Easiest Chex Mix Recipe!
Thanks for sharing your chili recipe at Foodie Friends Friday!
Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted…Paprika Chicken Salad #RecipeReDux