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I’m so glad chili season is upon us!
For this chili, I used both the RO*TEL chunky diced tomatoes with green chilies and the Hunt’s crushed tomatoes that I purchased at my local Walmart. RO*TEL has a mild variety of that same product, so if you’re not into spicy food, just get that instead.
I like using canned tomatoes because they make my life so much easier! I’m already so stressed with everything else, at least dinner making needs to be semi- therapeutic, right?
I also chose to use black eyed peas because I’m kinda obsessed with them. They are my mom’s favorite, but I avoided them during my whole childhood. When I finally tried them, I was hooked! Now, I always have a couple of cans in my pantry to use in salads, stews and chili. I honestly think they paired perfectly with the sweet potatoes!
If you know me, you are probably really surprised that I didn’t add any protein to this chili.
I got so inspired by all the pretty bright colors in the chili, with all the veggies, that I really didn’t think to add any meat. However, if you still think you need your protein fix, I think ground turkey would go great with all these flavors!
Meat or no meat, this chili is amazing, healthy and is perfect for those cold nights when all you are craving is a bowl of comfort food.
Don’t forget to add a lot of toppings. My favorites are sour cream and a lot of shredded cheddar cheese! ?
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 large red pepper, finely diced
- 1 large yellow pepper, finely diced
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
- 1 (10oz) can RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (Chunky)
- 2 cups Hunt's Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 (15.25oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 (15.8oz) can black eyed peas, drained
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 cup vegetable (or chicken) broth
- Toppings: fresh cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream
- In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil, over medium high heat, and sauté the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, being careful not to let it burn.
- Add the peppers and the sweet potato and cook with the onions/garlic for a few minutes, or until the veggies soften and develop some color.
- Add the tomatoes, the corn, the black eyed peas, the maple syrup, the chili powder, the cayenne (if using), the cinnamon and the oregano and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds, or until the spices are fragrant.
- Add the broth and bring to a simmer.
- Cover and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the sweet potato is tender.
- Uncover and cook for 15-30 more minutes or until slightly reduced.
- Remove from heat and serve with desired toppings.