Homemade Vegan Salsa Chili Recipe

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nothing beats a good homemade salsa chili and this meatless Monday meal is so good you won't even miss the meat. The ingredients listed below are basically just serve as a base to start off with. Other veggies such as zucchini, carrots and celery can be added. So as you can tell, like most chili recipes, this is a super flexible one. I love flexible recipes where some ingredients can be subbed for others because I tend to make crazy trips throughout the grocery store. Sometimes I end up making trips to opposite sides on the store several times because I've forgotten something on the list. Sometimes, I just give up, go home and make this for dinner.

Vegan Salsa Chili

Recipe by Alison Lutz
  • 1 16 oz. jar of your favorite salsa
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans
  • 1 15 oz. can of chick peas
  • 1-2 bell peppers roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin 
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 avocado, optional
  • 1 lime, optional
  • cilantro, optional
  • vegan sour cream, optional
Cooking Directions
  1.  In a large pot simmer bell peppers and salsa for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse beans and add to pot, add spices, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with avocado, cilantro and vegan sour cream.

Homemade Garden Salsa

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

This year I began volunteering in a garden. I have learned so much about organic gardening, community supported agriculture and growing my own produce. On Tuesday afternoons we teach kids about gardening. Last week, we had an Earth Day celebration which included making our own less spicy garden salsa recipe with veggies we had grown in the garden. It was so fresh and tasty.

Later, I was inspired to make my own spicier restaurant inspired garden salsa. Over the years, I've made and tried many different salsa recipes. This one is good. Of course, it pairs well with tortilla chips but can also be used as a base for enchilada stuffing or vegetarian chili.

This is such an easy lazy salsa recipe, basically you just have to roughly chop the vegetables and then toss everything in the blender. 

Here is how I made my homemade salsa:

Homemade Garden Salsa

Recipe by Alison Lutz
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 lime 
  • 1 4 oz. can of hatch chiles, optional
  • cilantro, optional
Cooking Directions
  1. Dice tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Add to food processor or blender and dice.
  2. Add all other ingredients and dice again on a low setting.
  3.  Pour into a bowl and serve with lime, or store in a glass jar for up to one week. 
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