Bean & Barley Chili
From EatingWell: January/February 1999
This hearty vegetarian chili is a full-flavored antidote for winter's chill. Serve with nonfat plain yogurt and baked corn chips.
- 2 cups dried pinto beans
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 6 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 dried mild New Mexico chiles, stemmed and seeded
- 1 cup vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Avocado Salsa, (recipe follows), optional
- Soak beans in cold water in a large pot for at least 8 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, cook beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Cover and set aside for 1 hour.) Drain and rinse beans.
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, cumin and oregano; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add water, bay leaf and beans; bring to a simmer. Skim foam from surface. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/4 hours.
- Meanwhile, lightly toast chiles in a heavy dry skillet over medium-low heat. Transfer to a plate and let cool; tear into several pieces.
- Bring broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add chiles; cover and let soften, turning several times, for 30 minutes. Transfer chiles and broth to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- When the beans have simmered for 1 1/4 hours, add chile puree, tomatoes, barley and salt. Simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until beans and barley are tender and chili has thickened, about 45 minutes more.
- Remove bay leaf. Season chili with vinegar, sugar, pepper and salt. Serve with Avocado Salsa, if desired.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Per serving: 289 calories; 4 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 16 g fiber; 456 mg sodium; 978 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (91% daily value), Folate (55% dv), Potassium (28% dv), Iron (26% dv), Magnesium (23% dv), Selenium & Vitamin C (18% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat
More From EatingWell
Ready in 30 minutes or less, these healthy spring recipes are...
Whether you’re making soup for an appetizer or a main-course...
Few things are more satisfying on a chilly night than a...
Asparagus is high in folic acid and is a good source of...
Comfort foods are notoriously high in calories and saturated...
Entertaining is made easy with these delicious brunch recipes...
Spend less time in the kitchen; plug in your crock pot! Slow...
Healthy dinners that fit in one bowl are quick and convenient...
There's nothing better than a quick, easy and affordable...
Our low-calorie comfort food recipes are soothing, comforting...
Your slow cooker is the perfect tool to prepare an easy meal...
If you’re hoping to get a better night’s sleep, try adding...
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate this year...
If planning out quick and healthy meals for your family is a...
Adding lean protein, such as chicken, turkey, lean beef, low-...
Canned tuna is a quick, healthy and delicious option for...
- Type of Dish
- Main dish, vegetarian
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- January/February 1999