Make This Tonight: Veggie Chili

You know how in romantic comedies, the lady always falls for the “bad” guy? The one who makes her feel terrible about herself, isn’t good for her at all, and is a real jerk? And, meanwhile, the good guy has been there all along and she’s just never noticed him?

That’s kind of what this veggie chili is like. Sometimes I think I want fast food that’s going to make me feel disgusting and greasy and awful, but what I really want is this chili. I tend to forget about it, but the ingredients are always there, waiting for me, in the cupboard. I’m not saying you have a perfect boyfriend in your cupboard. I’m hoping, for all our sakes, that you don’t. But, basically, am I saying this veggie chili is just as satisfying as the ending of a great romcom, when the main characters are kissing and there’s some sort of romantic, retro music playing? Yes. I am saying that.

Adam Sandler IS veggie chili.

I got the idea to make veggie chili one night after reading about it on A Beautiful Mess, but I modified the recipe to use what I had at my place. Originally, I saw this as a sneaky way to get some vegetables into my boyfriend’s diet, as I’m always afraid his body is going to fall apart because of his poor, Pop-Tart-centric eating habits. But, as it turns out, he absolutely loves this veggie chili and I didn’t even have to be sneaky about it. So now we have it about once a week and it’s great.

Here’s how I make it. It’s super, super easy and I’m sure you could make it “fancier” if you so choose, but why? I mean, really, why? It’s almost winter, we’re all tired, let’s just enjoy some easy veggie chili.

Veggie Chili That Will Love You Forever (Just Like Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer)

an onion
1 can of black beans
1 can of whatever other kind of beans you want (the sky’s the limit! As long as the sky is full of beans!)
1 can of corn
1 can of petite diced tomatoes (with jalepenos or not)
spices to taste: chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon if you’re into that

Sautee the onion for a few minutes, then add in the spices and stir those around for a bit. Dump in the tomatoes, with juice, and cook for a few minutes. Then add in the (drained) beans and corn. Cook it for at least 20 minutes to let things really meld together, but if you have less time than that, fine. I mean, I’m not going to track you down and make you cook it longer.

That’s it! The world’s easiest veggie chili! H. will only eat this on or under a bed of Fritos, as you can see in the picture. Honestly, it’s pretty great that way, even if it does remind me of my high school cafeteria and their concoction called a “Frito Flip.”

8 Responses to “Make This Tonight: Veggie Chili”

  1. Jayne

    This chili sounds delicious and you’re right! I already have all these ingredients in my kitchen. Also, FRITO FLIP! Greatest concoction ever.

  2. delia

    I love chili! I also worry about my boyfriend: his main food groups are pepperoni pizza, sour jelly beans, and/or anything sausage/beef. But I think he would like this. Thanks for the recipe!

    • heykerryann

      You’re so welcome! Seriously, why do boyfriends have the worst eating habits? Like, H. just eats simple carbs all day long. Eat a vegetable!


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