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Quick Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Salsa

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup chili, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 lime wedge, 3 chips, and and about 2 1/2 tablespoons avocado salsa)
You won't miss the meat in this hearty vegetarian chili filled wtih black beans, barley, tomatoes, and green chiles and topped with a bright and refreshing avocado salsa and crisp tortilla chips.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 6 lime wedges
  • 18 baked tortilla chips
  • Avocado Salsa

Nutrition Information

  • calories 313
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 10.1 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 4.8 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 9.6 g
  • carbohydrate 50.4 g
  • fiber 9.5 g
  • cholesterol 6 mg
  • iron 3.4 mg
  • sodium 814 mg
  • calcium 100 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add chili powder and next 4 ingredients (chili powder through green chiles); cook 1 minute. Stir in barley and next 4 ingredients (barley through broth); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in cilantro. Serve with sour cream, lime wedges, chips, and Avocado Salsa.

  2. Note: Store chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

  3. (Totals include Avocado Salsa)