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Russ Myers


This uniquely rich chili combines warm spices and chocolate — like a Mexican mole sauce with traditional vegetarian chili ingredients. Delicious with fresh corn-studded corn bread and maple butter and a crisp, light green salad. Serve garnished with sour cream and avocado slices, if desired. Veggie chilis cook much quicker than meat based ones.

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4 to 6 Servings
15 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


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3/4 c
frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained (or kernels from 1 ear corn)
3 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium
eggplant, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
4 clove
garlic, finely chopped
1 medium
white onion, peeled and chopped
jalapeño pepper, minced, more or less to taste
1 Tbsp
ground cumin
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 tsp
ground coriander
1 tsp
smoked or regular paprika
1/2 tsp
chili powder
2 can(s)
(15 oz)no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
1 can(s)
(14.5 oz) fire roasted or regular diced tomatoes, with juices
1 c
gluten-free vegetable broth
1 Tbsp
fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp
dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips



  • 1In a large heavy skillet, roast corn kernels over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet over medium heat and cook eggplant with a pinch of salt until golden, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • 2In a large saucepan, heat remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in jalapeño, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in tomatoes, beans, vegetable broth and lime juice. Bring to a simmer. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in corn and eggplant. Add chocolate and stir just until melted. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.

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Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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