Hominy & Vegetable "Chili"

If you are a chili purist, you will hate this recipe. It has mushrooms, corn, beans, hominy, and lots of things you're not "supposed" to find in chili. But if you're looking to spice up your dinner selections, this is delicious. It reminded me of chili because of the smoky, spicy flavor of the adobo. Fair warning: it is spicy! Next time, I think I will stick to half a can of peppers in adobo sauce instead of the full can. For less adventurous chefs or milder taste buds, stick to smoked paprika, cumin, and maybe a splash of chili powder instead of the adobo.

BellPepper

Hominy & Vegetable ‘Chili'

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vegetable broth (divided)
  • 1 yellow onion – diced
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 red bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 - 6 oz. can of Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce - chopped
  • *these are SPICY - use half can for less heat
  • 8 oz. white mushrooms - sliced
  • 1 - 14 oz. can of white beans (I used butter beans)
  • *or one cup of dried beans soaked and cooked until just past al dente
  • 1 1/2 Cups Frozen corn
  • *or 1 - 14oz. can of corn
  • 1 - 14 oz. can white or golden hominy
  • *or 1 cup dried hominy soaked and cooked until al dente
  • 1 heaping tablespoon salsa verde
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (divided)
  • 2 avocados – sliced

Directions:

  1. Add one tablespoon vegetable broth to the bottom of a nonstick sauce pan (use more if not using nonstick).
  2. Sauté onion and garlic 3 minutes or until onion is translucent and beginning to turn golden.
  3. Add bell pepper and chilies in adobo sauce and cook 2 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining broth (use less than two cups if a drier chili is desired), mushrooms, beans, corn, hominy, and salsa verde and simmer until reduced by 1/3.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and a heavy tablespoon of shredded cilantro.
  6. Serve with additional cilantro leaves and slices of avocado on top.

Notes:

I know I said it before, but this recipe is spicy! For a mild version, replace chilies in adobo sauce with mild green chilies, and add one teaspoon of smoked paprika & ½ teaspoon cumin. To add just a hint of spice to the mild version, add a dash of chili powder.