Meaty, Meat-less Chili

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 55 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 3 medium ancho chiles
  • 1 quart vegetable or chicken stock-in-a-box
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 portabella caps, wiped clean, gills scraped, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green or red chile, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A scant palmful smoked paprika
  • A scant palmful cumin
  • A scant palmful coriander
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A handful fresh cilantro or fresh parsley
  • Toasted pepitas or sunflower seeds for garnish, optional
  • Tortilla chips, 2 (1-ounce) bags or couple handfuls, optional
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Directions

Stem and seed the ancho chiles and place in a pot with stock, bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat and keep warm.

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat with 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 4 turns of the pan. Add the mushrooms to the hot oil and brown 12 to 15 minutes, then add the garlic, onions, chile, salt and black pepper and soften 5 to 6 minutes more, season with a spice mixture of paprika, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon.

Puree the reconstituted chiles and stock in a food processor. Add the chile stock mixture, beans, and tomatoes to the chili, cook 15 minutes until thickened, then turn off the heat, cool, cover and chill for make-ahead meal.

To reheat: Cover the chili and place over medium to medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the chili bubbles, then uncover and simmer until ready to serve.

Combine the avocado, sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, and salt in food processor and process into a smooth avocado-sour cream sauce for stirring into the chili. Serve the chili in shallow bowls and garnish with the avocado sauce, pepitas, if using, and a few tortilla chips, if using.

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  • on December 06, 2012

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    I liked the dish but it was very, very spicy. I like spicy but perhaps because I have never bought ancho chiles before, I got ones larger than the recipe called for. Plus, I used 2 jalapenos instead of a red one like Rachael called for. The avocado sauce was a must and helped balance the dish. I watched the video and in the video she does not rinse & drain the black beans. I did rinse & drain to get rid of the excess sodium.

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  • on August 17, 2011

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    Awesome flavour....I added a bit of my own flair to it while following the basic recipe, and it was lovely. Hubby loved it too!

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  • on June 22, 2011

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    This had great authentic flavor and was easy to make! I could not find dried ancho chilis so I substituted guajillos, which was good. The sour cream sauce is great too! I added bacon to mine, and I think I will add shredded chicken next time!

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