Pop a bow on this quick and hearty chili to give as a gift. You can also make Holiday Chili to give yourself a break from lengthy recipes and high-fat, highly processed treats. Almost everyone can eat it because it is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and has no added oil. Yet it packs plenty of flavor from spices, fire-roasted vegetables, and creamy kidney beans.
I’m planning to bring jars of chili this year instead of bottles of wine to thank my hosts and hostesses. If you do the same, just pop the chili in the fridge when you arrive or make sure whoever welcomes you knows to refrigerate it.
Holiday Chili costs just $1.42 for an 8-ounce serving, using organic ingredients. Use recycled ribbon, paper, and perhaps even a jar with a history to keep the costs down. Your love and care make the result priceless.
Use frozen bell peppers and corn to save time. In the winter, they probably have more nutrition and cost less than fresh. For the basics on cleaning and cooking dried beans, see my tips for soaking and cooking kidney beans and my master recipe for cooking dried beans.