Chef Toni's Mushroom Chili

This Mediterranean and Lebanese-inspired creation is chili at its finest. Fresh produce, robust Aleppo pepper and your favorite red wine give it a strong base that’ll have you scooping the pot for more. Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients in this chili recipe. While the list looks lengthy, it includes a lot of common spices or items in a typical kitchen. Notice that there’s no meat in this chili! That’s because the beans, diced veggies and savory mushrooms give this meatless recipe the same flavor profiles as most meats. 

Thank you to Chef Toni for sharing this fantastic recipe.

“Food is not just something that keeps us alive, it literally encompasses our lives and memories.” — Chef Toni Elkhouri

Thank you to Chef Toni for this recipe. Toni Elkhouri is a James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project participant.

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Chef Toni's Mushroom Chili

Description

It is a mushroom chili kind of a day! Our friend, Chef Toni Elkhouri, co-owns a restaurant with her mom, Marlene Elkhouri, in Melboune, Fla. Chef Toni loooooves mushrooms and we get really excited when she shares recipes with us. Florida is experiencing a cold snap which makes a mushroom chili the perfect meal! Get ready for this one, it's bursting with flavor. Chef Toni's recipes lean towards a mix of traditional Lebanese and "hodge-podge" of progressive-Mediterranean creations. Her love for mushrooms is obvious and her skill for blending fresh ingredients to create new food experiences is top notch.


Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Monterey mushrooms rough chopped
  • 2 red peppers diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 hot pepper of choice diced
  • 2 large onion diced
  • 7-8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup of corn
  • 1/2 cup of beans ( we used chickpeas but you can use anything really)
  • 2 diced tomatoes with liquid reserved
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper (you can use chili flakes)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot sauté onions, garlic, peppers and all the spices in olive oil until tender; add mushrooms and cook for three to five minutes. Add red wine, beans, corn, water, and tomato paste and simmer until all ingredients are cooked down. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  2. You can add any type of ground meat for a carnivorous option. If adding meat, do so after the onion and peppers and cook thoroughly.
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Chef Toni's Mushroom Chili


Description

It is a mushroom chili kind of a day! Our friend, Chef Toni Elkhouri, co-owns a restaurant with her mom, Marlene Elkhouri, in Melboune, Fla. Chef Toni loooooves mushrooms and we get really excited when she shares recipes with us. Florida is experiencing a cold snap which makes a mushroom chili the perfect meal! Get ready for this one, it's bursting with flavor. Chef Toni's recipes lean towards a mix of traditional Lebanese and "hodge-podge" of progressive-Mediterranean creations. Her love for mushrooms is obvious and her skill for blending fresh ingredients to create new food experiences is top notch.


Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Monterey mushrooms rough chopped
  • 2 red peppers diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 hot pepper of choice diced
  • 2 large onion diced
  • 7-8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup of corn
  • 1/2 cup of beans ( we used chickpeas but you can use anything really)
  • 2 diced tomatoes with liquid reserved
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper (you can use chili flakes)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot sauté onions, garlic, peppers and all the spices in olive oil until tender; add mushrooms and cook for three to five minutes. Add red wine, beans, corn, water, and tomato paste and simmer until all ingredients are cooked down. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  2. You can add any type of ground meat for a carnivorous option. If adding meat, do so after the onion and peppers and cook thoroughly.

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