I try to practice restraint and focus on keeping life basic. However, I drift back into the clutches of irrelevant cluttering crap just like everyone. I used to be content with an artificial existence fueled by pursuing material things and further disconnecting from life and pure joys. I gotta admit I’m starving for more change. Not the kind that presidential hopefuls are throwing around. I’m ready for an existence that relies on compassion not consumerism. I’ve made some steps in the right direction (downsizing, getting rid of “stuff” and learning a lot from people willing to share and books). I’m not even close to where I’d like to be. But, I’m renewing my subscription for this new way. This slow, satisfying way. It’s just that simple.
Hmmm. Well, yeah. Anyway, I just had to get that out there. Back to complex life (work shift approaching), and sure, why not a complex bowl of chili. There are too many flavors in this recipe, so it’s a chore recognizing and appreciating all the spices. I am particularly pleased with how great the sweet potato works with the chili powder and cocoa. Sit down. Chew slowly. Smile.
Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili (from vegweb.com)
2 onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 tablespoon olive oil (more if onions start to burn)
2 cans (4 oz) diced green chiles
2 tablespoon spices (cumin, chile powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder to taste)
1 large lime (or 2 small), zest and juice
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2 cubes
28 oz can whole tomatoes, chopped
4 cans (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
2 chipotle chiles (canned chipotle in adobo sauce), chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped leaves
1/2 - 1 cup water as needed
Saute garlic and onions in olive oil on low-medium heat till limp.
Add lime zest, sweet potatoes, 1/2 lime juice, and spices and cook covered for 15 min (add a little water or olive oil if the mixture starts to stick to the bottom). Add tomatoes, black beans, chipotle chiles, cilantro and cook until sweet potatoes are tender. Add remaining lime juice and more spices to taste if necessary, and simmer covered for 10 min, adding more water if needed.
Preparation time: 1hr