Hi all! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I have decided to make this blog completely a food blog. My true passion is plant based food and all the health benefits that come with it. My goal is to share plant based food with as many people as I can because it is such a great way to eat healthy foods. Popular to contrary belief, eating plant based foods is not just eating raw broccoli. It can be just as flavorful as any non-plant based meal (trust me, I like my meals SUPER flavorful). You can also still eat your favorite meals: burgers, tacos, nachos, and many others.
My journey to a plant based diet began in 2009 (or 2008?) when I found out the my grandmother had non-hodgkins lymphoma. I took to the internet to research how to avoid getting cancer (because I definitely don’t want any of that business) and found information on the plant based diet. It wasn’t a quit-cold-turkey kind of thing. At first I gave up eating all meats except for chicken and seafood. I still ate eggs, cheese, and other dairy products at that point too. I did up drinking soda and other sugary junk foods. Slowly but surely (over the span of a few years) I gave up chicken, seafood, and dairy product because, the more research I did, the less I wanted to eat those things because of the effect they have on your body.
Eventually, as I did yet more research, I came across the concept of clean eating. Basically, clean eating is not eating processed foods because they wreck havoc on your body. It was a long process because there are a lot of items I wanted to replace in my food with “cleaner” versions. For example, instead of buying canned beans that are chock full of sodium, I now exclusively cook my beans at home. When you eat processed food, your body doesn’t know what to do with all of those chemicals you just ingested and that’s good for no one. Anyway, my point is that I didn’t want anything to with those chemicals anymore. So I make things myself. Does dinner take a while to make sometimes? Absolutely. But I feel that the effort I put into cooking from scratch for my husband and I is well worth it. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t an easy switch and there was a lot of trial and error, but I got the hang of it eventually and now it’s an easy choice to make.
I came up with this chili recipe because I love chili, and I love chipotle chiles, so it just made sense to me.This chili recipe is actually very easy because it’s pretty much just dump-and-cook in a slow cooker. The only chopping you will have to do is the onion. Not bad, right? This chili is spicy, smokey, and oh so flavorful! Perfect for a cold winter night or, if you live in Texas like me, every night ever. And, if I may say so myself, it is amazingly delicious!
Two Bean Chipotle Chili
3/4 cup uncooked black beans (1 can)
3/4 cup uncooked pinto beans (1 can)
3.5 OZ can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 cups veggie broth (low sodium or homemade)
1 can diced tomatoes with juices
1 red onion-diced
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
Salt to taste
Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
- If you’re cooking your beans from scratch, soak beans in water overnight then cook them how you would normally cook a pot of beans (I cook my beans in my Instant Pot ). If you’re using canned beans you can skip this step.
- Open you can of chipotle chiles and dump them (adobo sauce and all) into a food processor or electric chopper and puree them.
- Put all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Garnish with avocado, cilantro or whatever else you like to put with chili.