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Hearty Vegetable Chili plus Baked Potato Bar

I'm featuring this recipe again because well it's that time of year! This is a great dutch oven recipe and is perfect for camping, picnics, or with a baked potato bar (I've added what we do for Baked Potato Bar below.)   It's so tasty on a cool evening around a campfire! We love it!

Hearty Vegetable Chili
With Lime and Cilantro
2 cans black beans (I usually use 3-4 cups cooked dry black beans, I like the more homemade flavor it gives it)
1 can pinto or garbanzo beans
1 can kidney beans
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 large or 2 medium onions
1 orange bell pepper or color of choice
2 stalks celery w/ leaves, chopped
½ summer squash, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes
1-2 cups frozen corn
1/4 cup Sucanat
2+ Tablespoons chili powder
½ -1 ½ Tablespoon sea salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pepper
Juice of ½ -1 whole lime (to taste)
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Be sure to drain the beans well you can use canned or cook your own dry. Use whatever variety of beans you want. In large pot saute garlic, onion, bell pepper, celery, squash, and zucchini in olive oil for a 3 or 4 minutes. Add the drained beans, diced tomatoes (DON'T DRAIN), and corn. Add rest of ingredients except cilantro, bring to a boil and boil off a bit of the liquid until it is a chili consistency. Remove from heat stir in the cilantro, can reserve some to sprinkle fresh on top. We had this chili on baked potatoes with sesame dip, some fresh sliced tomatoes. With fresh cilantro on top!

Baked Potato Bar
This is super easy just take a baked potato.  I bake mine in a covered casserole dish with a inch of water in the bottom I wash and poke the potatoes with a fork.  Bake at 350 for about an hour or 200-250 if you need them to take longer like say you are at church. ;)

Anyway just top with the Hearty Vegetable Chili, then some Cheezy Sauce, then some chopped steamed broccoli, I like to add some fresh tomatoes, more fresh cilantro and some of my Ranch dressing.  That's it all the other yummy veggies like corn, onion, etc are already in the chili!


Amy said...

Okay, I have to comment on this recipe because it is one on my all time favorites! I love this chili, it is so yummy. I make it all the time. Thanks Tam!

Katie Hansen said...

The other night I spent some time with my brother's family and Missy,my sister-in-law, said she had gone to the link on my blog. She made this chile and it was excellent! I love all your receipe's. You are doing a great job helping others! Thanks for helping me.
Love, Katie

Anonymous said...


I just met you at Nolan Park and I had to say that this blog is wonderful!!! Thanks for taking the time to post and I cant wait for more.


Permission to Mother said...

I have been through all your recipes and I made the no fuss potato soup and sunflower sour cream. Tasty! Yum! Everyone in my house ate and some had seconds.

I will probably make the brocolli soup and veggie pot pie real soon. This chili looks great also.

Thank you so much for sharing these recipes.

Emily said...

This Chili is a true classic. You can eat it again and again and always taste something different! :)

Love you!

Amy said...

We tried this tonight for the first time and we all absolutely loved it - even my husband who was a little skeptical. We we're surprised how yummy the cinnamon was as well as the lime! MMmgood! Thank you!!!

Amy G. said...

Have you tried making this in a crock-pot? Any idea if it will work/not work?? I am really enjoying your blog!

Tammie said...

Amy G.: Yes I have made this in the crock pot many times. Just be sure if you are using dry beans that you cook them beforehand.

Nonna Beach said...

Great recipe...thank you !
My son is a Vegetarian and his wife is a Vegan so I'm always looking for new recipes I can make and we can all eat together...nice to know I can put it in the crockpot too !!!

Tammie said...

Nonna: I think I love you! What a very cool supportive Mom and Mother-in-law you are! Speaking from experience I know they are so grateful when you do kind things like that. Although they shouldn't expect it. Just had to give you Kudos!!! I know it's not always easy to cater to people with different lifestyles. I hope this blog will have lots of great recipes you can ALL enjoy!!!

Chelsea said...

This is one of my favorite recipes!

Paula Adams Perez said...

Hi Tammie,
I just found your blog recently (via a comment at Green Smoothie Girl). I am really enjoying all the recipes and your commentary posts. I love the "Biggest Loser" series and was happy to see that I am doing MOST of the steps already (gotta get my water consumption up...) I made your Strawberry Salad last night and everyone LOVED it - a great way to feature the berries that are just coming in to season here.

I live just north of Seattle with my husband of 22 years and our 2 sons, 16 and 13. I have been off gluten and dairy completely for 8 years, due to intolerance issues. I have been on green smoothies now for 3 weeks.

Just wanted to introduce myself and say "Hi!" I've linked to you on my blog.


Tammie said...

Paula: I love it when people introduce themselves to me!!!!!! It's so fun to "get to know" those who are enjoying my blog. Thanks so much for saying hi!!