Caroline’s Vegetarian Chili

From Caroline Marsh (’14)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 -3 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced (depending upon the heat level you want)
1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
1 1/2 lbs portobello mushrooms, stemmed, wiped clean and cubed (about 5 large)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
4 large Tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
3 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained (or canned beans)
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable stock or 1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
cooked brown rice, accompaniment
sour cream or strained plain yogurt, garnish
diced Avocado, garnish
chopped green onion, garnish
creole seasoning -Emeril’s Essence or also referred to as Bayou Blast
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions:

1. In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, and serrano peppers, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, corn, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables give off their liquid and start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add the beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable stock, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. Adjust the seasoning, to taste.
3. To serve, place 1/4 cup of brown rice in the bottom of each bowl. Ladle the chili into the bowls over the rice. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and spoonful of avocado. Sprinkle with Essence and green onions and serve.

Original recipe from http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/vegetarian-chili-emeril-lagasse-437161.