Fall is the season of comfort food and no better way to celebrate the change of seasons than some delicious soup. Is it soup? Chili? Gumbo? I love using okra to thicken my chili. It adds an underrated vegetable to the mix that is not only healthy but gives this soup a thicker texture. I think it may be named gumbo after this addition but either way you have to try making this easy one pot meal.
The first step is to sauté this group. It is one onion, one carrot, 4 cloves garlic and 1 rib celery. I sauté my veggies in water instead of oil for a healthier option.
The flavor! These are the spices I add after everything is soft from the saute. It is one vegetable bouillon cube, 2 tsp paprika, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp basil and 1 tsp oregano. You can of course take some shortcuts here and use a packet of pre-mixed chili seasonings.
Did you know some people make chili with no beans? What?!! I know, it’s crazy. These were the beans I had on hand. It is one can of kidney beans and one can of cannellini. I also sometimes use pinto, navy and black beans. They are all good.
These are the final veggies. This batch of chili has one package of okra, it was probably about 2 cups sliced and 1 cup of frozen corn. I also added 2 Tbl of tomato paste to give it a little oomf.
That’s it, so simple! Everything cooked together in one pot and it was so healthy and delicious. The full recipe is below. Comment to let me know if you made it or what you like in your chili.
Plant Based Chili with Okra
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 carrot (chopped)
- 1 rib celery (chopped)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 1 vegetable bouillon cube
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 cups okra (sliced)
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
Place a one inch layer of water at the bottom of a large pot
Add garlic, carrot, celery and onion to water
Sauté on medium high until everything is soft, about 5 minutes
Add spices and beans to the pot with enough water to cover everything
Bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes
Add the okra, corn and tomato paste
Boil for another 10 minutes and add water as needed or preferred
*More water will make a “soupier” chili
Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes
Serve with your favorite chili toppings
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