Chili is the perfect place to start if you’re trying to incorporate more meatless recipes into your routine: it’s simple, it’s filling, and it has hearty flavors that are easy to enjoy. This vegetarian version is based around black beans, although the legumes are not the only highlight. Green peppers, earthy spices, and dashes of hot sauce, cheese, and sour cream make it a masterpiece that you can scoop right up with the oven-baked crispy tortillas.
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Long Green Pepper
Whole Peeled Tomatoes
Southwest Spice Blend
Monterey Jack Cheese(ContainsMilk)
Wash and dry all produce. Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Halve, core, and seed long green and poblano peppers, then cut into ½-inch squares. Halve and peel onion, then cut into ½-inch pieces. Finely chop one tortilla into small pieces. Zest 1 tsp zest from lime, then halve; cut one half into wedges.
Place tomatoes in a medium bowl. Using your hands, crush them into small pieces. (TIP: If you have a food processor or blender, you can pulse them in there instead.) Heat a large drizzle of oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and both peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just softened, 2-3 minutes.
Stir Southwest spice, cumin, ½ tsp sugar, and half the chili powder into pot. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes, black beans and their liquid, ¼ cup water, and chopped tortilla. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 18-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, stack remaining tortillas and cut in half. Turn 90 degrees and cut in half again so that you have 4 stacks of wedge-shaped chips. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together lime zest, remaining chili powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Lightly oil a baking sheet, then place tortillas on it in a single layer. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with zest mixture on both sides. Bake in oven until crisp, 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Immediately season with salt once done. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, mix together sour cream, half the hot sauce, and juice from lime half. Season with salt and pepper.
Once chili is done, give it a check and add a splash of water if very thick. Divide between bowls. Sprinkle with cheese and dollop with crema. Drizzle with remaining hot sauce to taste. Serve with chips and lime wedges on the side.