Here are two recipes for the price of one: a garlicky rice side dish that's also delicious with chicken or shrimp, and a hearty black-bean chili that puts meatier versions to shame. Make enough chili for leftovers; it's even better the next day.
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 red or green bell peppers, cut into 3/4-inch squares
1 zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 yellow squash, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes with their juice (two 15-ounce cans)
1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed canned black beans (one 15-ounce can)
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in one third of the garlic, the chili powder, cumin, and cayenne and cook until fragrant, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Stir in the beans and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes longer.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over moderately low heat. Add the remaining garlic and the rice. Cook, stirring, until the rice is almost opaque, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
Stir the cilantro into the chili and serve atop the rice.
Wine Recommendation: A soft and spicy red Côtes-du-Rhône is just the thing for this chili. Its roasted raspberry and herb flavors and light tannins will highlight the various vegetables.
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Absolutely loved this recipe. I decided to try it out, instead of using two peppers of either red or green I added one red, one green and one yellow bell pepper. This dish was fragrant with spices and was just the right temperature in heat. I didn't use chili pepper as I couldn't find it but I used Paprika instead which was just has flavorful. I made the rice in a rice cooker with brown rice and I really couldn't taste the garlic flavor, the vegetable chili was so flavorful as it was that it would have not made a difference in the rice.I will definitely be making this dish again.
We gave this recipe a try earlier this week and loved it! We did make a couple of changes to utilize some vegetables we had received from a local farm this week, we substituted some diced jalapenos and chili peppers for the about half of the chili powder the recipe called for. Also we added a collection of heirloom tomatoes to the canned tomatoes, this added a whole bunch of color to the recipe. In serving we added a small amount of cheddar cheese and some crumbled tortilla chips. We will be making it again for certain.
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