504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Veggie Chili...Full of Healthy Goodness! #HuntsRecipe #spon
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Veggie Chili...Full of Healthy Goodness! #HuntsRecipe #spon

Thank you to Hunt’s for sponsoring this post and encouraging my culinary skills!
Visit Hunt’s Signature Recipe Collection to find tons of delicious ideas
for using Hunt’s tomatoes in your meals.

My kiddos LOVE tomatoes - pretty much in any form. I feed tomatoes a lot and am always tyring to get more healthy options into their daily diet. "Heart healthy diced, whole, stewed and crushed canned tomatoes are a perfect addition to many recipes." I agree wholeheartedly...I find myself adding varieties of these tomatoes to many of our meals - chicken, stews, soups...you name it. These tomatoes add flavor and nutritional value and make my kids smile!

One dish we love around here is chili!
We love chili...it is a mealtime staple!

have a few different versions of chili that I make,
but I wanted to mix things up a bit with a vegetarian dish.
I am loving this Veggie Chili!
And so did everyone else!

This is a mild, chunky chili. Using the delicious Hunt's Diced with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano added some great flavor right in, so I used less seasoning/herbs that in my usual chili. You can adjust some of the spices (cumin, chili powder) to your liking (I added more garlic, because I cannot get enough!). This is what we prefer. 

  • 1 Can Hunt's Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Cans Hunt's Diced Tomatoes, Basil, Oregano and Garlic
  • 1/2 can Hunt's Tomato Paste (I generally freeze the other half of a can)
  • (Optional) 1 Can Hunt's Tomato Sauce (depends on how thick you like your chili)
  • 2 cans black beans (store brand)
  • 1 can pinto beans (store brand)
  • 1 can kidney beans (store brand)
  • 1 16 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 can chopped olives (store brand)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 gloves garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • (Optional, chili powder, depends on your taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Cook It!

  • Chop red pepper and red onion

  • Chop or mince cloves or garlic
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, add garlic.
  • Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes, add red onion and red pepper.
  • Cook until just caramelized, about 15 minutes (just watch it).

  • In the meantime, empty the contents of the Hunt's tomatoes in a large stock pot. (I had a helper!)

  • Add the chilies and olives.
  • Empty the cans of beans into a colander and let juices drain, rinse off and let water drain.
  • Add beans to the stock pot.
  • Place on stove at a medium/low heat and begin to heat.
  • Add the dry mustard, salt, pepper and chili powder (if you wish)
  • As the stock pot heats, add the pepper/onion mixture.
  • Stir
  • Cook for approximately one hour on low, stirring occasionally. You can cook this in a crock pot on low for 4-5 hours.

I am continually working on improving my family's diet
and making my home a healthy place. I want to teach my kids good nutrition and instill it in them early. And what better time to renew these goal than now - the new year!

"New Year’s Resolutions are often tough to stick to, but here’s one easy-to-follow recommendation from USDA’s new MyPlate model – fill at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables including one or more servings per day of red & orange vegetables. That’s easy to do when tomatoes are America’s favorite non-starchy vegetable!" - Hunts

The exceptional flavor and quality of the Hunt's tomatoes made this chili A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
It was hearty and yummy!

Now, if you prefer a non-veggie chili, I also cooked up some ground beef for the hubby and made a separate pot of chili - no beans (he does not like beans), added the meat - but the tomatoes and spices were the same. Super-simple!

Visit www.Hunts.com for more recipes, and check out
the Hunt’s Recipe Rewards program for some great coupons!

What do you like in your chili?
Thank you again to Hunt’s for sponsoring my post. Find more ideas for cooking with tomatoes at Hunt’sSignatureRecipeCollection. I was selected for this opportunity by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HuntsRecipe #spon

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  1. This sounds yummy. A friend told me several years ago that she put olives in her chili, and I've done it ever since. I wonder why you rinse your beans. I've always just dumped them into the pot. I also like that you have your own chili mix. I usu buy one, and I know they have a lot of salt in them.

  2. That looks good! I'm a big fan of Hunt's Tomato products. I buy them buy the case at Sam's Club.

  3. I wish my kids loved tomatoes- I made a ghoulish dish tonight and my son would hardly eat it because there were tomatoes!

  4. The chili looks yummy!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  5. Sounds and look very very very great!

  6. Looks like really awesome chilli !


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