The weeks leading up to Christmas are fraught with opportunities for overindulgence. This vegetable-packed chili is a healthful antidote to a surfeit of sweets. Our family loves it, even the die-hard meat eaters and small children. It’s warmly spiced, without being overwhelmingly hot, and the cinnamon adds a hint of cozy sweetness. It cooks up in a jiffy, too.
Serve it alongside traditional nacho accompaniments of sour cream and shredded cheese, and if you really want to be popular, corn chips.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
- 2 stalks celery, cut into ½” pieces
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 4 parsnips, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
- 2 large red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers, seeded and cut into ½” pieces
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp ground ancho or chipotle chile powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 12 oz beer
- 12 oz chicken stock or tomato juice
- 1 28 oz can Italian tomatoes with juices
- 2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- In a large lidded cast iron braising pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic and sauté until softened (about 5 minutes). Add the parsnips, squash and bell peppers and sauté, stirring frequently, until the vegetables begin to soften (about 8 minutes).
- Add the salt and spices and cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables are coated and the spices are fragrant (about 3 minutes).
- Add the beer and chicken stock. Stir to deglaze the pan. Add the canned tomatoes, breaking them up with your hands. Bring to a brisk simmer, then reduce the heat, partially cover the pot, and simmer until the vegetables are almost tender (about 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.
- Add the beans and allow to simmer until heated through. (about 5 minutes).
- Adjust the seasonings and serve.
Adapted from Lodge Cast Iron Winter Root Vegetable Chili
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