Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spicy Beans

Even to this day I am not Exactly or Really sure what chili is supposed to be.
They have chili con carne and chili with beans out there....even chili with carne (meat) AND came to the conclusion that what people call chili has to be a one pot meal that has to have ground meat (preferably ground beef) spiced up with cumin which gives it that specific flavor and smell...and maybe beans, but definitely lots of tomato sauce.
If any of you out there can shed some light on this matter for me, please leave me a comment so I lose some of the confusion.
Your input is greatly appreciated !

So for now I will just call this meal "spicy beans" - which were really good, nonetheless.

1 cup Navy beans or other beans variety

1 carrot, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 red tomatoes, diced
1 onion, diced

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

some pepper flakes if you have
one 14 oz can of chili style diced tomatoes

3 to 5 TBSP oil
parsley or cilantro, chopped
some cheese, for garnish

Begin with the beans and cook them like HERE.
Then proceed with the veggies - all the diced veggies along with the spices and condiments will have to be sauteed for approx. 6 to 8 minutes on medium-high heat so they can soften, in a medium sized pot or saucepan.
Add the can of tomatoes, cooking them until they reach a boiling point, then add the beans and cook until they reach the boiling point again, simmering for 5 to 10 minutes.
It should not take more that another 10 to 15 minutes in total.

Before you plate it, taste and make sure it meets your taste requirements.
Stir the parsley or cilantro at the end and garnish with the cheese in your plate at the end.
I think they are delicious, hearty and good for you too.

Enjoy !


  1. There is "competition chili", which is really specific, and this would not qualify (google the words for a horrible idea of what chili is.

    But to me, you are dead right... sauce, meat and beans and spiced to taste is the perfect description. and this is certainly a wonderful chili. I love this recipe

  2. My husband really likes chili, but unless it has LOTS of ground beef, I do not think it fits his criteria.
    Thank you for the comment !