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Hodgepodge chili

Tomorrow is payday (AKA time to re-up on the groceries), which means that as far as food for today, I kind of just throw whatever we still have in this kitchen together and call it a meal. I’m pretty sure there’s an actual term for this, but I can’t remember what it is. Hodgepodge works for me!

I’ve had this strange stomach bug for the past few days that’s kept me from being able to hold any food down (hooray me), so I figured since I woke up today feeling like a functioning human again, I should maybe take it easy and eat lightly. What’s better than a stew the first day post-grossly ill? Getting rid of all of your remaining vegetables before they create their own unwanted soup inside of your refrigerator drawers!

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The weather is dreary and fall is only two days away, so let’s jump straight into it with a strange, but delicious chili/stew/whatever this stuff is. I just look for excuses to bring out the Crock-Pot, really.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder (more if you’re obsessed like me- I used 2)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 large stalks of celery, chopped
1.5 cups of raw walnuts, chopped if ya want
5 cups of beans, whatever kind you want/have, cooked (I used light and dark kidney beans, blackeyed peas, pinto beans, and northern white beans)
28 oz can whole plum tomatoes
1 cup water
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup coffee
2 ounces dark chocolate, broken (for the record, that’s one normal-sized Hershey bar)
Cilantro and black pepper, to taste

Heat oil in Crock-Pot on highest setting. Add onion, garlic, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Fry until smells fragrant (few minutes). Add in bell peppers, carrot, and celery, letting cook for another few minutes. Add walnuts, beans, tomatoes, water and salt. Cook for 30 minutes. Add in vinegar, coffee, and chocolate, stirring carefully. Leave to cook for a few hours (celery and carrots should be soft enough around second hour, but gets better the longer it sets). Season to taste with salt, pepper, and cilantro.

We ate ours on toasted corn tortilla shells with lime! Yummy.

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Happy eating!

Also, here’s a photo of Otto because 1- this is my blog and I love him and 2- he was a huge part of the clean up process today (and every day) because before I even have the time to bend down and pick up any ingredients I have lost along the way, he’s already gobbled them up due to the roaring stomach he gets from me never feeding him. Oh, wait…

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He’s lucky he’s cute.

XOXO,

Nando

 

 

 

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