Saturday, November 19, 2011

Black Beans Love Pumpkin

Oh yes they do! Especially together with tomatoes, corn, and chili spices!

Yes I finally made some Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili. It came out pretty darn good. The pumpkin makes it even thicker then my regular bean chili I make. You don't even really taste the pumpkin in the chili. I feel like my chili is always missing a little something something when I make it, so I have still yet to figure out what that something something is. Upsetting, yes, but the chili is still delightfully delicious. (I have a feeling it is some spice, like heat, that is missing. I need to make a stop in New Hope to this hot sauce store that carries tons of different hot sauces, best store ever! Well if you love hot sauce.)

Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 can 100% pure pumpkin (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 large shallot, minced
1 medium sized green pepper, chopped
1/2 bag (1 cup) frozen corn
1 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon oil

Heat a large pot on medium high heat (I use my dutch oven) with the oil. Add the pepper and shallot, cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned.

Add in the spices, toast for 1 minute to bring out the flavors.

Add in the beans, coat with the spices.

Add in the tomato paste and pumpkin.

Then add in the tomatoes. Fill the can with water and add that to the pot. Bring to a simmer, cover and lower heat to medium low. Allow the chili to simmer for 1/2 an hour.

Add in the frozen corn. Continue to simmer for at least another hour, but the longer it cooks the better it tastes.

I let my chili cook for 5 hours, I just kept it on low heat for the last 4 hours of cooking.

Top with cheese, guacamole, salsa, chips, however you wish. Eat with some pumpkin cornbread, cornbread, or like me and just eat a huge arse bowl of it because it was so darn yummy! =p (And I had just gotten back for an amazing 7 mile run!! and needed some protein and warmy goodness in my hungry belly.)

So who would like to share the left over chili with me? There is enough for 3 normal people with some cornbread on the side or 2 ravenous people and cornbread on the side! Let me know! I'll even make the cornbread! =]

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