Wow- what a crazy storm!! Snowzilla dumped three feet on us and we were snowed in for three days. I never fully appreciated what it meant to be “snowed in” until this past weekend when we were literally unable to open our door back door (and still can’t). Fortunately, my husband thought to shovel around the front door throughout the storm or we would have really been in trouble! It took three plows and a front loader three full hours to plow the street in front of our house. I’ve never seen neighbors working together as much as when the plows kept getting stuck (again…and again…and again). They said this was going to be a “memorable” event and was it ever!
And since snow days are all about comfort food…
Here’s a quick and easy chili you can throw together in under thirty minutes. Control the heat by beginning with 1 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder and adjusting to taste from there. The first time I made this chili, I used a full tablespoon and loved it. The next time, my mouth was on fire!! (Maybe it was the brand of chili powder???)
Note: You want to use chipotle chili powder here, not regular chili powder. It won’t taste the same with a substitution.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 - 15oz. cans black beans, undrained
- 1 - 15oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1- 4oz. can diced green chiles, undrained
- 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1-3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- In a medium-size pot, heat olive oil over Medium heat.
- Add onion and sauté 1-2 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in the black beans, tomatoes, and green chiles.
- Add the tomato paste, chili powder cumin, paprika, and oregano.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to Low. Simmer 10-15 minutes before serving.