Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans

Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans served over brown rice
Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans served over brown rice | Source

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What started out one evening as a mexican cabbage dish morphed into this recipe for Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans. As my journey continues on a plant based diet I am learning how to create new recipes with many of my favorite ingredients. Spicy Vegetarian Chili certainly contains many of those. You will learn - as I did - to sauté onion in water and how to peel and press a garlic clove to make this recipe quick and easy to make with no added fat.

The recipe is simple and ingredients are common to most kitchens. It is budget friendly and can feed 4 for less than $5. On a busy family night or on a cool fall evening, if you have 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes to cook you can make this delicious meal!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients for Spicy Vegetarian Chili include: cabbage, onion, garlic, black beans, sweet corn, salsa, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.
Ingredients for Spicy Vegetarian Chili include: cabbage, onion, garlic, black beans, sweet corn, salsa, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 onion, medium
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 4 cups cabbage, shredded or chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 can black beans, 15 oz, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup sweet corn, frozen or canned
  • 1/2 cup water

Ramekin Bowls are Great for Measuring & Mixing Spices

Instructions

  1. Heat 1/4 cup of water on high heat in a large skillet with tall sides.
  2. Finely chop onion and press garlic cloves.
  3. When water is boiling add onion and garlic. Stir.
  4. Measure spices and place them in a ramekin bowl until needed.
  5. Chop cabbage.
  6. Stir onion and garlic frequently and cook until translucent and water has evaporated.
  7. Add cabbage to onion mixture. Add salsa, spices, black beans and corn in layers on top of cabbage.
  8. Add 1/2 cup water and stir to mix gently.
  9. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve on a bed of brown rice for a really hearty, tasty delicious meal!

How to Sauté Onions Without Oil

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Finely chop 1 medium onion.Fill a 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet with 1/4 - 1/2 cup water.  Bring water to a quick boil.Add onions to skillet and stir.  Reduce heat to medium and allow onions to cook until translucent.  Stir frequently.After about 5-7 minutes of cooking in water the onions will be translucent and water will have evaporated.
Finely chop 1 medium onion.
Finely chop 1 medium onion. | Source
Fill a 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet with 1/4 - 1/2 cup water.
Fill a 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet with 1/4 - 1/2 cup water. | Source
Bring water to a quick boil.
Bring water to a quick boil. | Source
Add onions to skillet and stir.  Reduce heat to medium and allow onions to cook until translucent.  Stir frequently.
Add onions to skillet and stir. Reduce heat to medium and allow onions to cook until translucent. Stir frequently. | Source
After about 5-7 minutes of cooking in water the onions will be translucent and water will have evaporated.
After about 5-7 minutes of cooking in water the onions will be translucent and water will have evaporated. | Source

Sauteing Onions in Water

I had never imagined that onions could be sauteed any other way than in oil. So, after experimenting now with so many recipes and sauteing without oil, I am happily able to eliminate additional calories and fat from our diet.

Onions sauteed in water have the same great flavor and tenderness as those sauteed the traditional way. Give this a try in your recipes. You will be glad you did!




How to Peel a Garlic Clove

If no one ever showed you how to peel fresh garlic cloves you probably hate to cook with this wonderful spice. Peeling fresh garlic is quick and easy. See my step by step photo guide to learn how!

How to Peel and Press Garlic

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Place garlic clove in skin onto cutting board.  With your fingers, press down firmly on the flat side of your knife two or three times.  You will hear the skin of the garlic crack.Your garlic clove is now ready to peel.  Cut off top and bottom ends.  Be careful not to cut too much!Get ready to put each clove into your garlic press.A garlic clove in the bottom of a garlic press.Squeeze firmly on the handle of the garlic press.Viola!  You have beautiful freshly pressed garlic!
Place garlic clove in skin onto cutting board.  With your fingers, press down firmly on the flat side of your knife two or three times.  You will hear the skin of the garlic crack.
Place garlic clove in skin onto cutting board. With your fingers, press down firmly on the flat side of your knife two or three times. You will hear the skin of the garlic crack. | Source
Your garlic clove is now ready to peel.  Cut off top and bottom ends.  Be careful not to cut too much!
Your garlic clove is now ready to peel. Cut off top and bottom ends. Be careful not to cut too much! | Source
Get ready to put each clove into your garlic press.
Get ready to put each clove into your garlic press. | Source
A garlic clove in the bottom of a garlic press.
A garlic clove in the bottom of a garlic press. | Source
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Squeeze firmly on the handle of the garlic press.
Squeeze firmly on the handle of the garlic press. | Source
Viola!  You have beautiful freshly pressed garlic!
Viola! You have beautiful freshly pressed garlic! | Source

Mild, Medium or HOT?

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What if I Don't Like Spicy Chili?

The good news is that this recipe is totally adjustable based on the level of spice you prefer. This version is red hot spicy! Like your chili mild? Then use mild salsa and only 1 tsp of chili powder. Like a more medium hot chili? No problem! Use a medium salsa and 2 tsp of chili powder. You will love this recipe because you can tailor it to your taste. Enjoy!

Step by Step Photo Guide for Making Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans

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Saute chopped onion in water in a large skillet.Measure spices and put them in a ramekin bowl until needed.  Chop cabbage.Add cabbage and salsa.Add spices.Add black beans.Add frozen sweet corn.  Stir gently to mix.Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender.  Cooked Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans in skillet.Serve over brown rice.  Deeeeelicious!
Saute chopped onion in water in a large skillet.
Saute chopped onion in water in a large skillet. | Source
Measure spices and put them in a ramekin bowl until needed.
Measure spices and put them in a ramekin bowl until needed. | Source
Chop cabbage.
Chop cabbage. | Source
Add cabbage and salsa.
Add cabbage and salsa. | Source
Add spices.
Add spices. | Source
Add black beans.
Add black beans. | Source
Add frozen sweet corn.  Stir gently to mix.
Add frozen sweet corn. Stir gently to mix. | Source
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender. | Source
Cooked Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans in skillet.
Cooked Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Cabbage and Black Beans in skillet. | Source
Serve over brown rice.  Deeeeelicious!
Serve over brown rice. Deeeeelicious! | Source

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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

This recipe looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.


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kansasyarn 3 years ago from Rural Midwest Author

You will LOVE it!


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

I love chilli and this will be an alternative way to make it for me. Thanks for sharing it with us. Voted up


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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Yummy. Those looks amazing. I am going to have to try it. I am especially sharing this with my vegetarian friends.


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kansasyarn 3 years ago from Rural Midwest Author

Thanks Sue and Carly for reading and sharing! I really love this recipe, too!

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