What are we serving up during this week’s Sunday Football? Chili from Raddish Kids! This might be the most fun Travis and I ever had making a recipe. For some reason it just had us laughing, talking about every ingredient, and otherwise having a blast. He wanted to be involved in every step, and stuck with it from first stir to final bubble over the stove.
First, prepare the spice mix: In a small bowl, we gently stirred together 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
Now it was chopping time! Working carefully together, we peeled an onion and chopped. Peel two carrots and cut into rounds. Cut the rounds in half. Peel a garlic clove and mince.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt; cook for 8 minutes, until soft.
Add 2 chopped red bell peppers (a vegan substitute for the original recipe’s ground beef) and the spice mixture to the pot; cook for 5 minutes.
Add 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, and 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce. Meanwhile, drain 1 (15-ounce) can of pinto beans, 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, and 1 (15-ounce) can of kidney beans. Travis loved rinsing these in the colander. Add the beans to a pot.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. This was his favorite part; he proudly reported on the bubbles as soon as they appeared, made sure we had an even boil, not just one side of the pot (!) and then continued to eagerly watch before stepping carefully away from the stove. I appreciated that the recipe card featured stovetop safety tips, too.
Serving time can be playful! Add your favorite toppings, whether non-dairy cheese and vegan sour cream, chopped green onions, or chopped avocado.
Then mix it up all week! One night we served chili dogs…
One night chili-cheese nachos…
And one night chili-stuffed baked potatoes.
For a quick take on Chili Mac n Cheese, stir together roughly equal portions of your kids’ favorite boxed mac n cheese mix (we love Daiya!) with leftover chili.