Weird Combination, Great Chili — and Manna Organics Giveaway Winner!

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I make a lot of chili.  In fact, along with copious amounts of refried bean quesadillas, veggie chili was one of my first go-to meals when I started eating vegetarian in high school.  At first, I only made one kind that consisted mostly of vegetables and was a little on the thin side, but it tasted so good that I got into the habit of making double batches and freezing it so I’d have a quick dinner when the rest of the family was eating meat.

Now, I’ll try any and all kinds of vegan chili.  I’ve made chili with red beans, chili with white beans and vegan sausage, chili with multiple kinds of beans, chili with jerk spices, chili with veggies…the list goes on.  But the Chipotle Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts in Appetite For Reduction was new to me.

sweet potato brussels sprout chili cooking
Sweet potatoes in chili?  Sure.  I love chili with a bit of sweetness.  But Brussels sprouts?  My mom was more skeptical of this ingredient than I was, and I suppose I can understand why.  Brussels sprouts, while very delicious, also taste very green, and “green” is far from the first thing I think of when considering chili for dinner.  But I didn’t let that deter me–what’s veganism (or being a foodie at all, really) without a little adventure in the kitchen?

sweet potato brussels sprout chili served
It was a total success.  Along with the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, there were pinto beans, crushed tomatoes, and a generous amount of spiciness thanks to the included chipotle chile.  Instead of the canned kind in adobo, I soaked a dried chile in hot water until it was soft enough to chop.  Never having tasted the canned variety, I can’t say whether they’re more or less spicy than this was, but it might be good if they didn’t impart quite so much heat.  Overall, though, it was a heck of a chili-eating experience!

So if you’ve never put Brussels sprouts in chili, I say go for it.  This was another winner from AFR that I’ll be making again, since sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are two things we almost always have on hand in the QV household!

Question for the comments: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever put in chili?


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. ashallann  December 18, 2011

    Never would have dreamt of brussel sprouts or sweet potatoes in chill! Strangest thing we ever put in chili was dark chocolate (melted) actually wasn’t awful.

    • Sam  December 21, 2011

      That sounds really good! I like cocoa powder in chili, so melted chocolate would be right up my alley. I also like chili chocolate…