Meatless Mission Chili

  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 garlic clove, chopped
    1 green bell pepper, seeded chopped
    1 celery rib, chopped
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1 carrot, peeled and grated
    1 zucchini, shredded
    1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans
  2. 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
    1 cup water
    1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon liquid hot pepper sauce
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  1. In a kettle over medium-high heat, heat oil saute chopped garlic clove, chopped green bell pepper, chopped celery rib, chopped onion, grated carrot, and shredded zucchini until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in kidney beans (drained), tomato sauce, water, chili powder, liquid hot pepper sauce, basil, oregano, and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat, cover, and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Makes 3 servings

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases