Posts tagged ‘Kidney Beans’

Vegetarian Chili

Thanks, Gastronomy, for this yummy vegetarian chili recipe. I’ve had to adjust the amount of spice, but I think I’ve finally gotten it worked out so the baby doesn’t cry when he eats it.

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • Salt
  • 4 (15.5 ounce) cans of kidney, pinto, or black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions, bell pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 15 seconds.

Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, water, the whole chile, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.

Add the beans and continue to simmer, uncovered, until the chili is slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.

I walk the chili by checking it’s level of spiciness while it cooks. When it gets as spicy as I want it to be, I pull out the whole chile pepper.

Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.


April 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Rajmah: Red Kidney Bean Curry

Yay! Something new. It’s been a while since I found a new recipe that met my double-portion standard. I must have seconds! I adjusted some of the ingredients to fit my fancy.

  • A generous amount of olive oil
  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped or grated ginger
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 roasted green chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • dash cayenne
  • A generous amount of dried cilantro or parsley (unless you have some fresh herbs handy)
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 3 cups cooked kidney beans
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 plum tomato, diced

Heat oil in a deep sauce pan over medium heat for one minute. Add ginger, garlic, onion, green chili, and let sizzle for one minute. Add the tomato sauce, salt and remaining spices and cook for an additional five minutes, stirring frequently. Add the kidney beans, water, and tomato. Bring it to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and let cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

We ate our beans over brown rice. They were comforting and delicious.

Here’s the original recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

July 31, 2014 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

FUSION: Savory Beans

An adapted recipe from The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook. Serve these beans over rice, and you will be happy.

4 TBSP olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
2 large ribs celery, thinly sliced
4 carrots, thinly sliced
2 TBSP Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
4 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, crushed
dash of ground red pepper
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
4 cups (or two 15-oz cans) cooked kidney beans (or pinto beans)
4 TBSP water
2 cups chopped tomatoes

1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook for 12 minutes or until tender.
2. Stir in the Bragg’s, basil, oregano, garlic, red pepper, and 1/2 cup of the parsley.
3. Add the beans, water, and tomatoes. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining parsley and cook for 2 more minutes. Serve!

March 19, 2010 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment


With an abundance of end-of-summer tomatoes and homemade ranch dressing, I decided to find a way to make a taco salad, something I haven’t eaten in a long, long time.

2 heads of romaine lettuce
4 tomatoes
1 onion
1 green pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen corn (thawed)
2 cups kidney beans
8 ounces of ranch dressing (or substitute)
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
1 tsp lime juice
1 avocado
13 1/2 ounce bag of tortilla chips

1. Chop lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and green pepper. Mix together with corn and kidney beans.
2. Mix ranch dressing with lime juice and taco seasoning mix. Add to the vegetables.
3. Smash the chips into bite-size pieces. Add the chips and the chopped avocado just before you’re ready to eat.

You can’t save the leftovers, so make only as much as you can eat.

October 27, 2008 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

FUSION: Miso Chili

1 onion, chopped

½ cup water

red or green pepper, seeded and chopped

½ tsp ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ TBSP dried oregano

28 oz can crushed tomatoes

2 tsp chili powder

1 ½ cups kidney beans

chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

1 cup cooked brown rice or quinoa

14 oz can stewed tomatoes

2 TBSP miso

  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, and garlic, cooking until softened.
  2. Add tomatoes, beans, grains, and dried seasoning.
  3. Dilute miso in ½ cup water and add to saucepan. Simmer 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and garnish in individual bowls with cilantro.

From a tofu/soyfoods cookbook

June 20, 2008 at 11:55 pm Leave a comment

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST: South of-the-Border Sandwich Spread

From The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook by Marjorie Hurt Jones

While Jeff and I were watching Lars and the Real Girl the other night, we kept going back for more of this spread and toast. I didn’t have any parsley, so I just doubled the celery leaves. Also, I used a combination of pinto beans and red beans with onions and garlic that I had cooked last week.

2 cups cooked pinto or kidney beans
1/4 cup tomato paste or ketchup
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup minced celery leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp mild or hot chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

In a bowl, mash the beans with a fork. Stir in the tomato paste or ketchup, parsley, celery, onions, salt, chili powder, and cayenne. Adjust seasonings to taste. It’s best if it’s made a few hours ahead to allow the flavors to blend fully.

Dip Variation: Add 2 to 4 TBSP water until a dip consistency is reached.

June 15, 2008 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

MEXICAN: Taco Filling

From Simply in Season, a cookbook I got last Christmas from Ten Thousand Villages. The book is written by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert.

1 pound ground meat or 2 cups kidney beans (cooked)
¾ cup onion, chopped
½ cup green pepper, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 TBSP fresh cilantro, or 1 tsp dried
1 TBSP fresh parsley, or 1 tsp dried
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
Dash of chipotle pepper or other hot chili pepper
¾ cup cooked rice

1. In a large frypan, sauté the meat, onions, green peppers, and carrot until the onions are clear and the meat is browned. If using beans, drain them, reserving the liquid, and set aside. Do not cook them with the onions, etc.
2. Add the garlic, cilantro, parsley, chili powder, lime juice, cumin, salt, and hot pepper. Sauté until the garlic is cooked. If using beans, add to the mixture with enough liquid so that it can simmer without getting dried out. If using meat, add liquid if needed so that it can stew a little, allowing flavors to blend.
3. Add the rice and stir well. Use mixture to top tortilla chips or to fill taco shells or tortillas. Garnish with any of the following: grated sharp cheese, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, sliced jalapeno peppers, olives, shredded lettuce or spinach, fresh cilantro, chopped avocado, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, or plain yogurt.

February 6, 2008 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

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