Two Mushroom Chili

Too many vegetarian chili recipes push beans to the fore. It is exactly this prominence that results in my spending too many nights sleeping on the couch. Mrs. Chili365 has no issue with the flavor of beans. Her concern lies with the profound effect lentils have on me– if you catch my breeze. Time for a new paradigm in vegetarian chili, lest the household carbon monoxide levels rise to an unhealthy level.
As today marks the 50th consecutive day of chili, I thought I’d do something special for the Involuntary Taste Panel. Nope, I did not call in the pants-less mascot (although I did check the offender registry and he appears to check out A-OK.) The ITP loves mushrooms and mushrooms aren’t beans and mushroom chili just could be that some-kind-of-wonderful paradigm shift that I need in order slumber in my own bed.

1T olive oil
1C red peppers, diced
½ C red onion, diced
½ pound white mushrooms, chopped
½ pound portabella mushrooms, chopped

Sauté mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and mushrooms in olive oil until slightly soft, about 5 minutes.
Remove mushroom, etc. To a clean bowl.

To the pot, add:
1 ½ C vegetable juice
1 C petite diced tomato
½ t paprika
1 t garlic powder
1 t Mexican oregano
½ t cumin
1 T chili powder.

Simmer over med-low heat for 15 minutes.
Add the mushroom mix to the chili mix and simmer over low for 10 minutes.
Serve over cooked barley.

Two mushroom chili

Two mushroom chili

Tasting notes:

All chili bowls were emptied. It is a sure sign that the chili was well received. Involuntary tasters noted that this offering was not at all spicy and tasted more like soup than chili. As this was my intent, I was not surprised. A chili can be satisfying without inflicting damage to one’s oral epithelium. That said, in the future, I will be preparing another rendition of mushroom chili. This is not only because I become woefully chilled when sleeping on the couch, but also because I’d like to give the ‘shrooms an Asian chili work up.

Week 7 in review:

1 ground beef
2 sausage
1 organ meat
1 seafood
1 hot dog
1 vegetarian.

New this week-we made inside out chili and the very modular Chicago dog chili. Some of the best offerings this week: Cioppino, Chicago dog, and stuffed pepper. Although I put a lot of heart into it, the Valentine’s Day Chili wasn’t very good. Trending this week: pork sausage- up; pork heart- down. 50 days in and 315 days and many Alka-Seltzer to go.

In the coming week, look for a *special* head-to head taste test and a unique take on “road chili.”

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