Yields: 5-6 large servings
- 4 cups tomatoes, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 5-6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cups sweet peppers, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 4-5 cans of beans (any kind), rinsed and drained - we used black beans, chickpeas & lentils
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 6 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt (optional)
- In a large pot, heat the tomatoes, tomato paste and water on low/medium.
- In a separate pan, saute the garlic and onions with 1/2 tsp olive oil. After about 7-8 minutes, add the garlic and onions to the tomato mixture in the large pot.
- In the same garlic/onion pan, saute the peppers and carrots with the remaining oil (use more if needed), until they are soft. You want to remove the crisp and crunch from these veggies. (not the most nutritional objective, but makes it more chili-like). Once softened, add to the tomato mixture in the large pot.
- Rinse and drain all of the beans that you're using, then add them to the large pot. If you want to mimic a meat texture, you can take a cup or two of the beans and pulse them a few times in a food processor.
- Add in the chili powder and salt, then let simmer on low for 30 minutes. We actually let ours simmer for a few hours, on the lowest setting, and just ate from it all day. Once done, transfer to an airtight container, let cool, and store in the refrigerator.
Enjoy!! And Go Bears.