1 large 12 oz can crushed tomoatoes
1 small can diced tomatoes, drained
1 small can green chilis
2 cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 small to medium onion
1 small head of cauliflower
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1-2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1-2 teaspoons liquid smoke (optional)
1 teaspoon vegetable low sodium Better Than Bouillon
1/2 to 1 can of beer, or 1/2 to 1 cup veggie broth ( this just depends on how thick you like your chili)
Chop cauliflower to a fine chop, or put it in your food processor and pules until its good and broken down. We are using the cauliflower in place of ground meat, and are trying to get that sort of texture.
Dice the onion into a fine dice.
Heat a dutch oven or large pot on medium heat. Add a few teaspoons of oil. Once the oil is nice and hot, add the onion and cauliflower. Heat the onion and cauliflower until the onion becomes translucent.
Next, add in the remaining ingredients. Add more or less of the beer or broth depending on how thick you like your chili. You can alway add more if it thickens up too much for your liking. Give it a good stir and reduce heat to simmer.
A side not about the cocoa powder. I know for some people it will seem like an odd ingredient, but it really does make this chili special. I highly recommend you don't skip adding it! I promise you will never want to make chili without it again.
Allow chili to simmer with a lid on for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. I typically start my chili in late afternoon and just let it simmer until dinner.
CROCKPOT OPTION: You an easily make this chili in a crock pot. I normally just saute the onion and cauliflower first before adding it. Set your crock pot to medium heat, and allow to cook for 6-8 hours.
This recipe makes a large pot of chili. If you are a small family, or single, you can freeze the leftovers for several months. I typically portion the cooled chili in freezer bags, in smaller portions. I will thaw the smaller bags of chili to use for toppings on loaded baked potatoes, chili cheese fries, carrot dogs, latkes, or nachos.