Two Peas Vegetarian Chili

A remake of the traditional vegetarian chili! This chili is made with two different types of peas – chickpeas and green peas – which is why I call it “Two Peas Chili” 🙂

 Chili is probably the easiest thing to make when you have a crock pot and you plan ahead. Just cut up the veggies the night before and dump everything in the crockpot in the morning (or at lunch) and forget about it for several hours.
Although vegan and gluten-free, this dish is packed with healthy plant protein and lots of fiber and beneficial nutrients.

What you Need

1 can chickpeas rinsed well (choose organic and no salt added)
 1 can green peas rinsed well (choose organic and no salt added)
 2 cans diced tomatoes (choose organic and no salt added)
 2 cups vegetable broth (organic and low sodium)
 3 carrots cut into rounds or cubes
 3 celery sticks (cut up into cubes)
 1 small onion (diced)
 4 cloves of garlic (diced)
 1 tbs. cumin
 1 tsp. paprika
 1 tsp. jalapeno (diced)
 1 tsp. honey (to neutralize the acidity in tomatoes)
 2 bay leaves
 2 tbs. olive oil (or 1 tbs. ghee)
Salt and pepper to taste

 Makes about 6 servings

How to Make

Step 1. Add the oil in a skillet and soté the onions and garlic until fragrant (about 2 minutes). Add the carrots, celery, jalapeno pepper, and bay leaves and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2. Pour the entire content in a slow cooker, add the diced tomatoes, honey, condiments, peas and broth. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours (or on low for up to 8 hours if prepping before heading to work).
This recipe can be made on the stove as well, with just as good results (and quicker), but I personally prefer the slow cooker.
When serving the chili soup pour it into bowls and top it generously with chopped cilantro. Add crushed corn tortilla chips if desired, for added consistency and crunchiness. The aroma of all these ingredients will come to life and combine deliciously in your mouth, leaving your taste buds completely satisfied! Yum!
 Voila! This is a very filling dish so this could very well be all you need for supper. Otherwise, add a small salad and dinner is served! 🙂

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