Bbbbbrrrr it’s chilli outside… time to get chilli inside ! YeaH!!
3-4 honking tomatoes – I tend to use a variety hot house, plumb, cherry… no magical reason at all ! In fact I haven’t noticed a taste difference , so no need to follow my example.
** For those of you that may be confused at the grocery store when you’re seeking “honking ” tomatoes… i’m using what the kids call slang. I refer you to Urban dictionary.com’s definition of the word
Honking: anything large, excessive, or otherwise disproportionate by almost any measure.* Aka Big tomatoes, lots of tomatoes!!**
1 medium sized white onion
1 Jalapeno carefully seeded and diced . WashHands After Handling Jalapenos!! If you do not, and you end up touching your mouth, eyes or some other part of your body, you will soon know it, as you will experience a burning sensation!
1 can of beans . I chose unico bean medley just for fun. But all you boring people can stick with just regular ol kidney beans or something lame like that.
2-3 stalks of cellery
1 carrot or a handful or babby carrots diced
1/2 of a red pepper
pinch o black pepper
a few dashes of “Italian seasoning” it’s a premixed jar I have . ( thyme oregano, majoram, rosemary, basil, and sage) you can use any combination of these spices. I suggest basil or thyme .
uhmn I think that’s it!……
Oh yeah ** I added 1/3 of a cup of textured soy protein… totally not necessary but adds… texture!***
As always add, subtract and substitute anything you don’t like!
LETS GET COOKIN’
Start by dicing your jalapeno into small cubes . Turn the element on low and add 1 cup of water and chopped jalapeno.
rough chop the tomatoes and toss them in the pot with the lid on … turn up the heat.
add in a dash of italian spice, 3 cloves of garlic and chop in 1 white onion. let the tomato mixture cook down … we want it to turn into the consistency of chunky tomato sauce!
***** Do not , I repeat DO NOT do what I just did!! rubbing your eye after cutting jalapeno is not fun , I was lucky it didn’t last long . If you do follow in my foot steps be sure to flush your eyes with cold water immediately , it will cool the burn and flush out your eyes … very important! ***** For realz that was a bad time. : (
You guys are not my friends right now : (
So I’ve left the mixture to boil down.
and i’m taking out the veggies i want to add in. I have a little bit of zucchini left over that i’m throwing in for fun.
I’m chopping all veggies to roughly the size of the beans , which I will be adding in last.– why? well I don’t fancy mushy beans… at least not in this recipe!
you can definitely through in some soy meat at this point , I will be adding a little bit for texture and interest.
dice up the carrots and cellery and red pepper ( i don’t have any corn but that would be a nice addition)
and last but not least the beans!!! I chose to use a can of unico bean medley , but you can definitely use dried beans ( if that’s the case you want the beans to go in first thing so that they can hydrate in the mixture)
put the lid back on and leave to simmer for 5- 10 minutes , checking and stirring every so often.
Serve hot on it’s own or add some gluten free mexican tostadas or a bed of kale. and have fun with your meal!