Thursday, October 30, 2008

Roasted Tomato and Corn Vegetarian Chili in the Slow Cooker

I really shouldn't qualify chili. Yesterday I said I was making my favorite vegetarian chili. And while this is cross-my-heart true for today, I can't promise anything for tomorrow. I'm like a star struck teeny bopper with a Hollywood magazine when it comes to chili-I want it all. Vegetarian, meaty, filled with beans or without, with a pinch of chocolate, with a spoonfull of hot pepper, I do not descriminate against the homemade of any variety. But here's my current heart-throb favorite. Not only is this chili roasty-toasty, delicious and spicey, but it's also incredibly healthful and easy to make. You'll simply roughly chop some vegetables and roast them in the oven in olive oil and chile powder. Mix the roasted veggies with a few cans of this and that in the crockpot and walk away for a few hours or even all day. Voila! If you're serving chili on Halloween night, always be sure to include a vegetarian option for non-meat eaters. You'd be surprised how many carnivores will opt for the veggie brew also. I've learned to hide it in a corner of the kitchen. Happy Halloween Eve!

Money Saving Tips: Cook and freeze your own beans from dried to save money. Shop case sales for canned items. You can get canned beans and canned tomatoes go for 50 cents a piece by buying a case. Any color of bell pepper will work here; I chose green since the were two for a dollar this week. You can use broth, a bouillion cube with water, or even a can of V8 for your liquid.
Roasted Tomato and Corn Vegetarian Chili in the Slow Cooker
Estimated Cost: $5.00 for four servings
Notes: Chili powder heat varies greatly, so let your tastebuds guide the quantity you use.
1 (14 ounce can) Mexican style diced tomatoes
1 large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 and 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-4 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 minced hot pepper, such as serrano, if desired
2 cans (14 ounces) undrained beans, any variety such as pinto, black, or kidney, undrained
1 cup vegetable broth or V8
Drain the tomatoes, pouring the juices directly into the slow cooker. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Place the tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, corn and garlic on the cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in the oven until vegetables are softened and speckled with brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Combine vegetables and remaining ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8. TASTE FOR SEASONING BEFORE SERVING. Add salt, pepper, or more chili powder if needed. Serve with sour cream and green onions if desired.
And here's a sneak peek at my Sailor girl's Belle Costume, as she's on her way out the door to voice lessons. I think I should rename it "Get Down and Groovy Disco Belle", since the gold glitter fabric is a teensy bit over the top, but hey, I'm trying to compete with Disney here. Please try to ignore the crooked homemade slip that is hanging out of the bottom on one side. And those "antlers" coming out of her head are really just my swirly front door. Tonight she'll join her brother, Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi, in the Halloween Spooktacular Concert with the Southwest Symphony. I wish you could see them up there, getting my money's worth out of all the violin lessons.
Coming Tomorrow:
Halloween Hot Chocolate
And how my little sister convinced me to sew costumes with just one sentence....

52 comments:

Marie said...

so much goodness here to check out this morning. I don't know how I ended up one entry behind, but I am loving your chicken chili and your veggie one too! Oh, and as for your little princess...she's adorable!

Debinhawaii said...

Both chilis look and sound wonderful, the chicken and the veggie. I love the Belle costume and Sailor looks so cute in it. You are far ahead of Disney!

HoneyB said...

This looks so delicious! I ought to think about making Chili soon!

Cynthia's Blog said...

I like the healthy aspect. And I never would have noticed the slip if you hadn't mentioned it. A real princess you have too.

Rindy R said...

The chili looks so tasty - but the costume is pure delight! I am completely impressed! By the look on Sailor's face, she is as well! Don't you love it when your kids think you are wonder woman?

VeggieGirl said...

Mmmm, chili!!

LOVE the costume!! :0)

Suzie said...

How gorgeous does your little girl look in her costume? I will not believe you next time you say you don't sew - to me that looks like a dress fit for a (disney) princess. Great looking chilli too.

Jenny said...

Isn't chili season the best?!! We just had big bowls of chili last night and I was soooo happy! I can just imagine how happy your daughter is when she has her gorgeous gown on! So cute! Have a great Halloween!

Bellini Valli said...

I used to sew my daughters costumes when she was young as well. Now she makes her own so it wears off. This year she is a black widow spider...oops almost forgot the delicious chicken chili...very delicious!!!

Theresa said...

Like both your chilis. I haven't had a chance to make it yet this season, I'm craving chili. I think that's whats for dinner tonite!

Coby said...

Better than any Disney costume I've ever seen:) Pah - you can so sew:) Your little girl just looks adorable, and pleased as punch with her creation:D

I love the idea of roasting your vegetables first, must give your chilli an extra depth of flavour - I wonder if your diners will identify why it tastes so amazing?

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cute! I love the costume! Disney ain't got nothing on you!

And the chili looks wonderful!

EAT! said...

I was just looking for some more slow cooker recipes for the impending winter season. Thanks.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your chili looks fabulous and Prudy, your daughter is absolutely beautiful! You are one taleneted lady; I knew the costume would be good, but I had no idea that it would be this spectacular! I hope you will have photos of your son's costume. Happy Halloween!

Lucy said...

Chili looks so good!! And... your Little Belle is just gorgeous. Making Halloween fun, last a lifetime ;-)

anudivya said...

The sailor girl costume is so pretty!
Looks like we both have beeb roasting up some serious stuff. He he he.

Meg said...

You little princess is so cute!

I am loving this recipe. So full of flavor! I will have to try this one!

Kirsten said...

Yum, that chili looks great. As always, I love a slow cooker recipe. Makes the house smell great. And, that costume is fantastic! Nice work!

Mary Ann said...

Oh yeah, you have no sewing skills whatsoever! Please, Prudy, you are so talented! This chili looks so good, especially with all those yummy roasted veggies. About this weekend, the game is actually on saturday but at an earlier time that we thought, so I am not going down. My hubby is just riding the bus with the team! Bummer! I would so love to go to your party tomorrow night!! I am so jealous about your trip to Europe. Eat some bread, cheese and chocolate for me and then tell me how good it is. Jealous!!!!! Some foods just aren't the same over here. sigh....

gigi said...

I love the roasted veggies. I bet this is a blast of flavorful goodness! And you can't beat the crock pot this time of crazy year. Thanks.

Sailor's costume turned out beautifully, well done, little mama! I would have never noticed the slip had you not pointed it out. That smile tells it all. Does your Quiet Man own a gun or a big stick?? He's going to be standing at the door and running those young men off your porch. She really looks like a Princess and she is gorgeous!

I'm excited for your viewing their violin concert! My Royal neice and nephew play and they get to play with the Savannah Orchestra for Christmas. They are excited too.

Bunny Trails said...

Wow! So much to comment on this am! Your daughter is ADORABLE! The costume is so impressive. You have such a talent...

Speaking of talent - another fabulous recipe! My husband is loving your blog as much as I am. He's making a list of 'Prudy' recipes for me to try!

Cathy said...

Look at those dressmaker details! I love it -- and I definitely prefer Groovy Disco Belle to the original! Your little princess will steal the show at the concert tonight! I love your chili, too! The roasted veggies are a nice touch! I'm with you -- my chilis are like my children. I love them all equally, but differently, and I could never choose!

Adrienne said...

Have you seen those round kitchen tuffies with a hole in the middle? They look like stiff donuts? Those make great hairpieces for the Belle bun. You put her hair half up, pull the ponytail through one or two of those babies (new clean ones I hope), then pin it all around so the hair covers the tuffies. Voila, glamorous, glossy Disney hair for 25 cents.

Esi said...

I'm a huge chili fan as well!! Lovely. Your daughter's costume is so cute. I would never had noticed the slip if you hadn't pointed it out ;)

Prudy said...

Adrienne:
You saved me! I wrestled with her hair last night and never got it right. I'm using your trick for the rest of the weekend. Thanks!

Candy said...

Chili looks good, but your costume ROCKS!

Natashya said...

Oh, your little girl looks so cute! I love the costume. (be happy you don't live here in Canada and have to make a costume that will fit over a coat or, gasp, a snowsuit!)
The chili looks wonderful, I might make one this weekend for Souper Sunday. Cheers.

Emily Rose said...

yay! I love vegetarian chili! What a good idea about roasted the vegetables. Your daughter's Belle costume looks wonderful- I am so impressed. Helen Mae has a home made costume too, but my aunt made it- I cannot sew (besides buttons) to save my life!

Pam said...

This looks amazing. I love all the ingredients you used.

Your daughter looks fabulous. What a princess.

Mary said...

Great recipe. Gorgeous child. Have a happy Halloween.

Maria said...

love the looks of this one! The costume is gorgeous! Your daughter is super cute. So you are going to Italy? I am jealous! It is my favorite spot!

Patsyk said...

I'm impressed with your sewing abilities! I could never make a costume that looks that great! She's adorable!

I've been wanting to find a good veg. chili so I can have an alternative to make once in awhile. I must say that roasting the veggies sounds like it must make the best chili ever!

Sara said...

Love the Belle costume. She looks just darling in it. I so am going to make this Chile. It looks and sounds so tasty!

Lainee said...

I have been pretty busy lately and haven't looked at your blog for a week or so.... man I have missed a lot! I want to eat the donuts, cupcakes, chili... and make those cute pumpkins out of cheese with my kids. Do you think I can get all this done by tomorrow! :) I am excited for the party/ trunk or treat, it really is going to be great! Happy Halloween!

P.S. If I would have only known there was cupcakes in the YW room on Sunday, I would have skipped out on RS!! Those looked really really good

Catherine said...

This looks so delicious. Thankyou for sharing. Sailor's costume looks adorable. You did a great job. I can't wait to see a picture of Westy's. Happy Halloween Eve and thanks for sharing all the great ideas!

Sandy said...

Sounds outstanding Prudy!
Darling girl, too :)

Aggie said...

I love that you roasted the veggies! Sounds delicious and so hearty and healthy!

Your princess is beautiful! I am quite impressed by your sewing Prudy!!

Birdie said...

Chili is our favorite cold weather meal. So warming and comforting.

What a halloween cutie.

Rachel said...

This looks super yummy. I love roasted vegetables. Great job on the Belle costume, it looks great!

Peter M said...

Your princess looks so cute...give her a hug and be sure she doesn't get any yummy chili on her dress, k?

Leslie said...

Sailor's costume turned out Amazing.
You've done it again! Prudy, you really are talented with your sewing. Great Grandma would be proud, and I am sure Mom is.
I am very impressed. My kids want you to make one for them.
So fun.
I am so excited for our Trip, but in the mean time, have fun, good luck and Happy Halloween!

jenjen said...

Wow -- another amazing chili! I don't know which one to choose. But I am definitely making one of them tomorrow. Thanks for your comment yesterday. I am having a much better day today. Your costume turned out fabulous! Great job!

Girl Japan said...

She is darling Prudy! So adorable. The contrast in colors are ... WOW.

Chili is so good for us, filling and you made it look so Tres Chic!

You put all heart in everything that you do = )

Anne said...

Your little Belle really is beautiful! Great job on the costume (and the chili looks great too- funny that I just posted some today and tonight green chili is on the menu, before I even stopped by here!)

hot garlic said...

You're too much! Your festiveness is putting me to SHAME. It's a good thing I don't let my kids read your blog. I must continue to keep it a secret. I can't let them know what they are missing out on. They will want a new Mom, You!

Everything I've missed in this week of craziness we've been experiencing looks PHENOMENAL! Not only cute and festive but DELICIOUS as well!

I love your front door! And the kids are adorable as ever in their costumes! Actually, did I see the Boy's costume yet or just Sailor's? Cute cute cute!

Grace said...

i was belle for halloween one year! my costume wasn't that great though, and i doubt i looked as cute. :)
meanwhile, awesome chili. like you, i avoid chili-discrimination, but i can see why this would be a favorite. :)

Deborah said...

I love chili in any form, and this one sounds spectacular! And also spectacular is that Belle costume!

Kevin said...

Another great looking chili!

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