Black Bean Chili for Super Bowl Sunday!!

This delicious Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili has just the right amount of heat and smoky flavor!

2 large onions chopped

2 bell peppers chopped (red or green, both work well)

6-8 garlic cloves finely mincedblack bean chili

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon chipotle powder

2 sweet potatoes cubed

2 cans of no salt black beans

3 cups of diced tomatoes, canned or fresh

2 cups of water

1/4 cups tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oil in a large soup pot, and saute onions for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic,peppers, and spices, saute 2-3 minutes more.
Add sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes,and water, bring to a boil then simmer 1 hr stirring occasionally.
Add tomato paste to thicken and adjust seasoning.
Serve warm with cilantro garnish or grated cheese.
Chili flavors are always better the next day!
This chili also freezes well for a fast meal on busy days!



The tomatoes in my garden happen to be prolific and delicious this year. I have been drying them, freezing them whole, making ratatouille, and now pasta sauce to enjoy and freeze for later.

When highlighting tomatoes  simplicity is the key. They have such a beautiful flavor that not much else is needed.
A few tomato facts:
Tomatoes, are actually a fruit!
Interestingly, cooked tomatoes are more nutritious than fresh!
Their nutrients are fat soluble so a little oil helps your body to absorb the nutrients better!
The phytochemical lycopene makes the tomato heart healthy and protects from some forms of cancer!

MY FAVORITE “GRAVY” (as my father-in-law would say)

1/4 C good olive oil

1 white onion chopped
4-6 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
8 cups of chopped tomatoes (I mix different types)
1/4 c fresh basil chopped
1/8th c fresh oregano chopped
*1/4 c red wine, optional
1/2 t sea, or himalayan salt ( these provide beneficial minerals with no added chemicals)
black pepper, or red pepper flakes to taste
In a large deep saute pan with a lid,
add oil, and onion and saute for 3-4 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook a few minutes more.
Add the tomatoes, and wine if using, and simmer all of the above at least 25 minutes, more is fine.
I start with the cover on the pan then I take it off to allow the sauce to cook down and thicken slightly.
Add the herbs, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 10 minutes more.

Serve over your favorite whole wheat or rice pasta.

Double this recipe, and cool and freeze for a taste of sumer this winter!