Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
Wanted to make a black bean chili or soup and couldn't decide what recipe I wanted to follow so the result was a combination of several unique recipes found here on RecipeZaar. Red beans, butternut and corn is a classic combination in South American cooking. So why not black Beans instead? Adding chipotles just gives it a Tex-Mex twang. The combination of cinnamon, chipotles and barley malt syrup gives this vegan dish a spicy taste with a mildly sweet back note. (Each serving is a generous 1 1/2 cups and just 4 WW points as per the Recipe Builder. Exact portion amount will depend on how much liquid you add)
- 1⁄2 lb dried black beans (prepared as stated on package)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 -4 cups vegetable broth (use water or chicken broth instead if you like)
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
- 1 tablespoon barley malt syrup
- 1 lb butternut squash, cubes (weight after peeling and cutting, about 2 cups)
- 1 cup frozen corn
- cilantro (to garnish) (optional)
- Apply a coating of cooking spray to a large soup pot. Add onions and begin to cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. If needed, add a little water to keep the pot moist. Stir in garlic and cook an additional minute. Add in the cumin, chili powder and cinnamon and cook 30 seconds, until fragrant.
- Add the diced tomatoes, black beans, 2 cups of vegetable broth, tomato paste chipotles, adobo sauce, and barley malt syrup and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 35 minutes. You can let this simmer for up to an hour if you like. Chili is one of those things that just gets better with time.
- Mix in the butternut squash. Add in additional broth if desired. (The thickness of chili is a matter of personal preference, so go according to your tastes.) Cook for 20 minutes.
- Mix in the frozen corn and cook 5 minutes until warmed through.
- Ladle into bowls, with or without rice, and garnish with cilantro.
- *Note:* if you do not want to make the beans from scratch, my best guess is this is about 3 (14.5 ounce) cans worth. Should you substitute canned black beans, they will most likely need less vegetable broth.
This is very similar to a yummy version I have been making for a year or two, though that one had slightly different spices and no chipotle. The chipotle made it perfect - will never make chili w/o it again! For this recipe, I skipped the chili powder and used 1 TB cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cayenne and the 1/2 tsp cinnamon. I skipped the malt syrup too. Delicious! Good with a little dollop of sour cream or yogurt too.
A tip for the chipotles I learned for soup making - buy the canned ones in adobo. Lay a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet and lay each chili on it. Heap a big spoonful of sauce on each and freeze. When frozen, toss them all in a freezer bag. To use for something like this chili, simply take a frozen one out and chop it up - you get the chili and sauce all in one.
I love this chili so much! I make it all the time. When I don't have the barley malt syrup, I use a good squeeze of honey. I also add the cilantro to the pot a few minutes before serving into bowls. Sometimes my grocery store doesn't have the chipotle chile or adobo sauce, so I substitute it with one of those tubes of red pepper sauce found in the produce section. Don't leave your soup on too high for too long, or your squash will be mushy. Thanks for posting this delicious recipe!!
This was quite good. Beautiful colors - a very pretty dish. Made as written, except for the malt syrup - subbed a pinch of sugar. Nice balanced flavors, and a richness that suggested there was meat in it - but there isn't. DH and DD suggested adding cilantro, which I will next time I make it.