4C's- Chef's Charity's Chipotle Chili

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  • 1 pound of Kidney Beans soaked overnight and then cooked OR  (2- 280z cans Kidney beans drained and rinsed)
  • 3 T Grape Seed or Avocado oil
  • 1 Red Onion (medium diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 3 stalks celery (rough diced)
  • 3 Carrots (peeled and rough medium dice)
  • 1 Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded and medium diced) *Can use a small pumpkin
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 small can tomato paste (don't skip this part, this thickens your chili)
  • 1 beer (1- 16oz can of beer  or gluten free beer of your choice)
  • 1 t Ancho Chili Powder
  • 2-3 T Chili Powder
  • 1 T Smoked Paprika 
  • 1 T Cumin (ground)
  • 1 t Cinnamon (Ground)
  • .5 t Turmeric (Ground)
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning
  • 1 T Vegetable Better than Bouillon (MIXED IN 1/2 C of Water)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce *See Chef's Notes
  • 1- 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt & Black Pepper tt
  • 1 bunch cilantro (tops and slight stems) *save some for garnish
  • 1 bunch green onions (green & white part) *save some for garnish
  • *Optional Toppings: Cashew sour cream, shredded vegan cheeze, thinly sliced scallions, chopped tomatoes, avocado, and lime wedges 

Start with a hot pot or dutch oven and oil and sauté onions, bell peppers celery and carrot until slightly translucent. Add garlic and sauté until garlic becomes fragrant (30 seconds). Add tomato paste, cook for 2 minutes to allow paste to become a brick red color. Add Beer, stir well then cook for 2-3 minutes, add chipotle pepper with adobo sauce and seasonings. Now add cooked kidney beans only-no liquid and butternut squash, simmer for 10 minutes. Next add can of diced tomatoes with it's juice. Last add cilantro and green onions. Check seasoning. Simmer on low for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld. This can simmer longer and is a great recipe in a Crockpot or slow cooker. Serve with your favorite toppings.

**Chef’s tips:

*Seasoning can be altered by your taste of spice; in my chili I am a lil heavy on the cumin, and chili powder & smoked paprika. Chili is supposed to have a kick!

*For less kick only add 1 chipotle chili

*To increase the serving size; add an additional can of beans. Can subsuitite with Black Beans. 

*TT= To Taste     *T= Tablespoon     *t= teaspoon    *C=Cup