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Day 10 // Spicy Vegetarian Chilli Recipe // Midsummer Life Dream

Spicy vegetarian chilli recipe with Midsummer Life Dream

Fall is here – finally!  It’s been a long year with a hot summer, but we’re in the home stretch of 2020.  Autumn is my favorite season, and I like to make the most of it.  It’s nothing but cool weather, fuzzy sweaters, supple boots, comfort food, and great books (I’m coasting through my Nora Roberts challenge and getting to tried-and-true favorites!). 

To celebrate the season, enjoy my favorite recipe to warm you up while you curl up with your favorite book. 

Spicy Vegetarian Chili


  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 zucchini
  • 100 grams jalapeno peppers
  • 100 grams habanero peppers
  • 2 can red kidney beans
  • 2 can black beans
  • 1 can borlotti beans
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 2 cans peeled tomatoes
  • 100 grams corn 
  • 250 grams dried chili peppers (ancho or chipotle is fine), chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder (or minced fresh garlic if you have it)
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 12 oz dark lager

Dice the onion and zucchini, and thinly slice your peppers, and dump them (even some pepper seeds) into your crockpot (I use liner bags in mine because clean-up is so much easier!).  Add the beans in their juices and turn on high.  While that gets started, mix together your spices.  Add those and the canned tomatoes to the crockpot.  Let it stew for 5 hours, then taste it and add spices as needed (this is when I take into account who’s eating it – if I need a spicy and non-spicy version, I separate it now and leave one untouched and add to the other).  At this point, the peeled tomatoes should be breaking down into a thick sauce when you stir.  Dice the fresh tomatoes and add those, the dried chili peppers, beer, and corn to the crockpot, then let it cook for two more hours.  It’s done when the beer has cooked off, and the chili is thick, goopy, and making your entire house smell wonderful. Top it with cheddar cheese, serve it with saltine crackers, and dig in!

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1 Comment

  1. I’m not a huge fan of chilli’s but I love how this recipe gives a warming feel to it.

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