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It was wonderful weekend but I did not cook much, I am still in the process of screwing and fixing things in our new Place.  So I thought of posting  yummy and flavorful dish which was lying in my draft for so long.  " Vegetarian Chili " which has wonderful flavor that runs around in a single pot.  There are several ways you can have this  chili, please scroll down to know more about the serving suggestions.  Before we go for the recipe and virtual treat.  Here is a brief about Vegetarian Chili.

Chili con carne (literally "Chili with meat", often known simply as chili) is a spicy stew. The name "chili con carne" is taken from Spanish, and means "peppers with meat." Traditional versions are made, minimally, from chili peppers, garlic, onions, and cumin, along with chopped or ground beef. Beans and tomatoes are frequently included.  But since we are Vegetarian here is the Veggie version which is called as Vegetarian chili (also known as chili sin carne, chili without meat, or chili).  To make the chili vegetarian, the cook leaves out the meat or replaces it with a meat analogue, such as textured vegetable protein or tofu, or a complementary vegetable, such as potatoes. These chili's nearly always include beans. Variants may contain corn, squash, mushrooms, potatoes etc.. We have to say this is completely one pot meal rich in protein and very flavorful.  This tastes so so good the next day too.  Here goes the recipe and the virtual treat.........


Ingredients :

Meatless ground - 1 packet ( This is nothing but the soy granules which is cooked already)
If you don't have this just soak 1 1/2 cup of soy granules in hot water for few minutes then drain and squeeze out the excess water, now its ready for making the dish.
Tomato diced - 1 can
Beans of your choice - 1 cup ( I added 1/2 cup of black bean and 1/2 cup of pinto bean)
Peppers diced - 1 cup ( Green, Yellow and Red)
Corn Nibblets - 1/2 cup
Zucchini - 1/2 cup diced
Mushroom - 1/2 chopped finely( Crimini mushroom works great for this)
Onion - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Garlic - 3 flakes very finely chopped
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp (According to your spice level)
Paprika - 1/2 tbsp
Cummin Powder - 1/4 tbsp
Vegetable stock - 1/2 cup( optional)
Mixed Italian dried herbs - 1 tsp crushed
Bay leaf - 1
Canola or Olive oil  as required
Cilantro for garnishing
Sour cream or Mexican cheese - As required for serving

Method :
1. Heat oil in the deep pan.  Add the bay leaf, followed by crushed garlic and chopped onion.
2. Saute and then add the Squash, Mushroom and Peppers, drained and squeezed soy granules or the readily cooked meatless ground.
3. Just saute for a while and then add corn and beans.  Now add the seasonings cummin, Chilli powder, Paprika, Herbs seasoning.
4. Add the Tomato diced in the can followed by the vegetable stock and  1 glass of water.
5.Now in this stage the consistency will be lose, simmer the flame and this has to sit for at least half an hour.
6.This simmering is very very important, the flavors are nicely absorbed or incorporated in the soy protein, veggies and the bean.
7. Once the water and stock are absorbed but not full.  The consistency has to be semi solid.
8.Put of the flame, serve in the bowl with a dollop of sour cream or cheese with fresh cilantro.
Serving suggestion :

1. You can serve this hot chili in bowl with sour cream and cilantro.  Along with Tortilla chips and Guacamole.
2. You can use this for filling the Tacos.
3. Filling for hot dog buns, slit the bun add some chilli and cheese broil until the cheese melts.
4. Use as filling for sandwich.
5. Topping for Pizza and top it with cheese and bake until cheese melts.



Ingredients :

Tacos shells
Vegetarian chili
Peppers julienned
Sour cream
Olive (optional)

Mexican cheese or your choice


Method :

Warm the tacos in the oven, add the chili followed by other ingredients and enjoy !!!


This is other version II.  Here is another version of GUACAMOLE in my mexican feast.

Ingredients :

Avocado - 1 mashed
Jalapeno - 1/2 chopped very finely
Lemon juice - 1/4 tbsp
Garlic - 1/2 crushed finely
Cilantro - 2 tbsp chopped finely

Method :

Mix all the above ingredients and serve as dip or filling.

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (October 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM)  

Love the vegetarian chili with a fantastic twist. Awesome and crisp tacos.

anamika  – (October 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM)  

Beautiful clicks and easy recipes...

Unknown  – (October 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM)  

The veggie chili sounds wonderful, healthy and warming! as usual lovely presentation!!

Vasavi Suresh  – (October 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM)  

Awesome.. Sounds yummy.. Pics are great..

Suji  – (October 11, 2010 at 12:51 PM)  

i would love to sample some of these pavithra...

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi  – (October 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM)  

I often make this with mexican style rice. the best part is you can make a huge quantity and with imagination (which in my case runs wild) add to whatever you want. the pictures are to die for. bewteen all those chilies are from your garden? so many varieties.a great chili lover I must say...

Unknown  – (October 11, 2010 at 1:15 PM)  

ohh love tacos, indeed a colorful post :)

Pushpa  – (October 11, 2010 at 1:15 PM)  

Veggie chilli looks comforting and delicious.Beautiful clicks,love those peppers.

Panchpakwan  – (October 11, 2010 at 2:08 PM)  

Wow this is so healthy and delicious..
Thanks for sharing this wonderful veg chili recipe.

swapna  – (October 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM)  

Love the clicks...nice and easy recipe!!

Unknown  – (October 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM)  

Great clicks..delicious recipe...

Madhavi  – (October 11, 2010 at 2:27 PM)  

Awesome clicks and super yummy chilli recipe. Me too love olives in tacos, great post!!

divya  – (October 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM)  

Looks so delicious and making me hungry

Sangi  – (October 11, 2010 at 4:31 PM)  

healthy n delicious chili... tacos look colorful n great..

My Kitchen Antics  – (October 11, 2010 at 4:49 PM)  

its an awesome filling for jacket potatoes as well:)

Love2cook Malaysia  – (October 11, 2010 at 5:36 PM)  

WOW, lovely wraps Pavithra!!! Can I get some??? ;)

FewMinute Wonders  – (October 11, 2010 at 5:56 PM)  

The photos look very awesome. I am sure the chili must have tasted yummy too.

Raks  – (October 11, 2010 at 10:16 PM)  

The recipe sounds awesome Pavi,never tasted this vegetarian chilli so far and also yet to try the tacos,they looks very cute and tempting!

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (October 11, 2010 at 11:07 PM)  

awesome clicks pavi, very new recipe and looks very delicious. never tried anything out of soya chunks.will try it soon

chef and her kitchen  – (October 11, 2010 at 11:53 PM)  

Lovely chili dear...looks really appetizing...planning 2 make in this week...

Unknown  – (October 12, 2010 at 1:43 AM)  

Have never heard of this dish...looks and sounds tasty Pavi

Priya Suresh  – (October 12, 2010 at 3:45 AM)  

Awesome chili Pavi, am gonna shift my home next to urs..beautiful dish..

suma  – (October 12, 2010 at 4:40 AM)  

A vegetarian chili is certainly welcome, having seen and read about the non-veg versions. Am not much of a soya person, chili with the other options u suggest would be a nourishing one-pot gourmet dish!!

Anu Nandu  – (October 12, 2010 at 9:35 AM)  

Aiyyo Pavi - I'm so back in the line today!

This indeed is a virtual treat like you say! Love it. TH has been asking me to make Vegetarian Chili for a while now - and I've been procrastinating! Maybe now I'll really get serious about it - considering how pretty you've made it look! Love the post!

aipi  – (October 12, 2010 at 9:50 AM)  

Awesome!! i was looking for this recipe for so long..this is going on my "must make" list..:) Love your recipe..thanks for sharing Pavi!

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Rachana  – (October 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM)  

OMG! What a beautiful and colourful post! Love the pictures and the recipe :-)

Daisy Roshan  – (October 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM)  

very colorful blog...nice recipe too....

Unknown  – (October 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM)  

Tempting pictures, Pavithra..and superb recipe!! Hope you settle down soon..

Nithya  – (October 13, 2010 at 12:16 PM)  

Wow.. tacos look so yummy :) Nice clicks as ever :) Is it Adhavan's hand in the pic??? cute :)

Angie's Recipes  – (October 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM)  

I am totally tempted with this vegetarian treat. Looks irresistible!

Mrs.Mano Saminathan  – (October 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM)  

This vegetarian Chilli looks wonderful and delicious! all the snaps are just fantastic!!

Anju Rathore  – (October 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM)  

Lovely presentation of taco's and Vegetarian chilli looks tasty n healthy.I m too a big fan of Guacamole but I make it more with Indian spices n lot of chopped green chilli.

Joyti  – (October 13, 2010 at 8:52 PM)  

My mom makes 'meatless' chili using Yves meatless ground too. But I love how thick and hearty yours looks!

Kamini  – (October 13, 2010 at 10:55 PM)  

Great recipe Pavithra. I am a sucker for anything healthy and vegetarian, so this is perfect! Your pics are beautiful! Thanks too for stopping by my blog and welcome!

Ash  – (October 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM)  

Very awesome prep indeed & the captures are even more tempting & appealing.... Loved them.... :)


Anonymous –   – (October 14, 2010 at 2:45 AM)  

Liked the twist on the chilli..awesom clicks...all dishes look & sound yummy!

Anonymous –   – (October 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM)  

loving your photography!

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