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Vegetarian Chili with Syrah

The addition of wine in a standard recipe adds new dimensions to the dish, not to mention bringing out intriguing character in the food itself. Since coming to work in the Patit Creek Cellars winery, and having so many great wines at my fingertips, I have taken to cooking with them :) and with a passion.

Regarding the vegetarian title of this post… I have given consideration to the vegetarian lifestyle a number of times, and I could never seem to make it practical enough to actually follow it. But now Big Ed is under doctor’s orders – NO MEAT – and I am challenged to prepare great meals that we can both enjoy, without sacrificing flavor or variety.

Which led me to create this Vegetarian Chili recipe. It cost me all of $11.50 in groceries, plus $16 for the bottle of Syrah. Depending on how well-stocked your pantry is, your cost may be slightly more or less. We will enjoy hearty portions again for lunch later this week, so let’s set the servings at six. I chose our Syrah for its earthy, peppery notes. Total preparation and cooking time was 1.5 hours.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 large carrots, shredded (use a cheese grater!)
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium rutabega, diced
4 medium crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 jalepeno pepper, de-seeded, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can pinto beans in chili sauce
1 packet chili seasoning
1 bottle Patit Creek Cellars Syrah
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Saute onions in olive oil. Add yellow bell pepper.

Saute onions in olive oil. Add yellow bell pepper.

Add carrots and celery.

Add carrots and celery.

Add rutabega. I just chop as I go.

Add rutabega. I just chop as I go.

Season rutabega directly.

Season rutabega directly.

Add mushrooms, jalepeno, and garlic.

Add mushrooms, jalepeno, and garlic.

My only "cheats" this recipe - time savers! Add all, including their juices.

My only “cheats” this recipe – time savers! Add all, including their juices.

Reward yourself with a short pour, then add the rest of the bottle of Syrah :)

Reward yourself with a short pour, then add the rest of the bottle of Syrah :) Simmer on medium heat 45 minutes.

Just look at that gorgeous color. Top with cheddar cheese and enjoy!

Just look at that gorgeous color. Top with cheddar cheese and enjoy!

By the by, Big Ed has also been sworn off the salt, so I used low-sodium options and didn’t add any during cooking. You may want to tweak that to your own tastes. Cheers!

4 comments on “Vegetarian Chili with Syrah

  1. looks good, I may have to try some

  2. Wishing a happy and HEALTHY New Year to “Big Ed”!!!

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