Friday, December 18, 2009

Cookbook Week: Three-Bean Chili

The Chef: Abby

The Menu: A hearty, filling bowl of three-bean chili. This super satisfying main starred white and red kidney beans, black beans, and just the right amount of chipotle peppers and green chiles for an added kick. Abby complemented the spicy dish with fluffy quinoa and a light spinach salad with carrot, red pepper, and sliced mushrooms.

The Goods: First, the good news. Today we enjoyed another one of Robin Robertson's 1,000 Vegan Recipes, the sun is shining, our Parma! cup runneth over, and it's Friday. Now the bad news: We only have one more copy of Robertson's masterpiece to give away. On a happier note, congrats to PodPiper, who is the winner of yesterday's copy! Send us an e-mail, and we'll get your book right out. Our randomly selected winner touted Daiya as a current love obsession, suggesting a sprinkle makes everything better—including chili. While we didn't have any Daiya on hand today, the VN staff did debate over the best chili toppings. From classic to crazy, what's your favorite chili add-in? Leave a comment for your chance to win the final copy of 1,000 Vegan Recipes!

49 comments:

indiacarless said...

I would love to win a copy of 1000 Vegan Recipes - I've seen several made on blogs that look really good!

Quiet Storm said...

My favorite add-in for chili is fresh ginger. The 1000 Vegan Recipes book looks fantastic!

Rob said...

Just a little cilantro on top and I'm good to go. (OK, maybe a little cornbread on the side too.)

birdfeed said...

Extra beans! Once everything has been added, I like to throw on some more beans up top. Yum!

J Bretzman said...

My Wife Loves Vegan Chili!!! We became Vegan together and she had Never had chili in her life!!! We add Tofutti Sour Cream, just a dab and it sets it off!!! We would Love to Win this CookBook (As you can Never have to many vegan cookbooks!!!) We even got our Families to try vegan chili (And they Loved it!) Please Pick us!!! We Love you Guys!!!!

Tara said...

Favorite chili add-in? Chipotle chilies in adobo. If you use enough they impart a lovely smokey, spicy flavor without being too overpowering.

Krista said...

I love chili and still make it the way my mom did, with the exception of the meat. I grew up putting crumbled saltines on top but I rarely have saltines in my house.

livingroovy said...

Mmmm spicy tempeh- I love love LOVE tempeh, and I will marinate it in a hot sauce mixture before adding it in. Some say it's an addiction.

heartie7 said...

favorite chili add in.... mock beef crumbles and lots of CUMMMMINNNN!! love love vegan chili-i just made it two days ago.. *champs*. I even use it for chili dog (with soydog, of course!).

Vegyogini said...

Sweet potatoes!

Andrea said...

Chopped jalapeños are really good sprinkled on top.

jerilee said...

My favorites are cheese and onions, hands down. Until Daiya came into my life I did without the cheese but now we're back to Chili Divine!!!

CB said...

As simple as it may sound, I love to serve my chili over rice.

Nichole said...

Hot sauce all the way!

ren said...

ooh, a little cocoa powder adds really nice depth of flavor, as do sesame seeds.

snarkyvegan said...

I'm a traditionalist: fresh finely chopped cilantro and white onion. Yep, that does it for me.

Aleesha said...

I usually add some bulgar wheat into my chili for a meaty, chewy effect. And it's perfect served with chopped avocado as a garnish. Yum!

taleoftwovegans said...

I love avocado on top of my chili! So creamy and good. -Eve

Janet said...

I love both jalepeno chiles and some chunks of avacado. Chili brings me right back to my childhood. Every saturday night my mom fixed chili. Yum!

radioactivegan said...

My favorite add-in is definitely frozen corn. I usually just pour hot chili on top of it so that it defrosts, but doesn't get too cooked before I eat it. Yum.

Melissa said...

My favorite chili add-in is sweet potato!

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NOELLE said...

My new fav add-in is kale! New recipe on my blog. http://ameliefille.blogspot.com/2009/12/black-bean-chorizo-chili.html

HB said...

I am currently loving that chocolate chili from the VegNews website. I'm starting to discover that chocolate is good with everything!

phrog said...

Sweet potatoes are definitely my new chili mix-in!

Also, you can't make a good chili without a little adobo action!

JessicaTheVeganMom said...

Just a great big dollop of soy sour cream!

TracyP said...

I like a splash of balsamic vinegar!

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

My current favorites are roasted mushrooms or butternut squash (but not together) :-)

Thanks for the most excellent week of giveaways!

MacKenzie said...

it's got to be beer for me. you just de-glaze the pot with about 1/2-3/4 cup right after the onions are done cooking. so delicious!

Dazzle said...

Dark Chocolate and/or beer! Love it ;)

HeyitsBeth said...

Corn! It's so weird... I can't have chili without it.

Erin Elle said...

jalapeno peppers or FYH cheddar!

Jenn said...

My favorite chili addition is hominy - I get giant hominy from the Ferry Plaza Farmer's market and use it instead of beans (I'm allergic to legumes) - it comes out GREAT - esp if you put cornbread batter on top and bake it when the chili is almost done.

Kristie said...

cocoa powder! seriously -- it's very good! :)

steven said...

I've got to +1 on the cocoa powder! Plus lots of colorful veggies (peppers, corn, zuccini, etc.). You know, the food needs to please all the senses and what better way to do this than with hot chili on a cold (or even hot) day.

Allie said...

My fave add-on is just a little bit of black pepper. Yum!

Crazy Vegan Mom said...

I love to add Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream to my chili

Shyloh said...

We started our Vegan journey 2 years ago and would be thrilled to add to our repetoire of recipes!

KathyD said...

I am a traditionalist. My favorite is probably TVP or other soy product. This assumes tha there is plenty of spice in the chili already.

I hope I win! I have pledged to cut back on cookbook buying because I have so many, but this one sure is tempting.

MelissaB said...

My favorite add-ons are roasted corn and chopped onions!

Amy said...

I just bought ingredients yesterday for chili. My 5 year old loves it. I add a little nutritional yeast to ours!

Swarna said...

I have roin robertson vegan planet and love it.
No amount of cookbooks is more is it not
would love to have this book

herbstsonne said...

Avocado! :)

silentlotus creations said...

I love soy or rice sourcream and some cheddar Sheese! Avocado is good, too, and cilantro is a must! :)

Abigail S. Bean said...

My fave chili add-in: fresh hot chilis from my co-workers garden!

Me said...

So, I am a newbie! I would love to win a copy of 1000 Vegan Recipies to help me transition from Vegetarian to Vegan! I have been a vegetarian since March, and ready to make the switch.
This Chili sounds so good, and I think I am going to have it tonight!

Kelly McGonigal said...

I love to add a combination of sliced sweet peppers and jalapeno peppers!

Julie Varughese said...

I want this book!

Margeaux said...

My favorite chili add-in is cumin!

chellie_d said...

Is it wrong to say I like garlic in pretty much everything savoury?!