When I first sampled this chili, I did not even realize that this bean stew had a distinct name. I later learnt all about chili and this meatless version still holds center stage in my kitchen. Bev had thought of serving it, both as a mechanism of introducing this iconic stew to me as well as thinking that I would find the flavors comforting and closer to home. Indeed, now that I have absorbed these flavors and made them my own, I realize the common overtones of cumin and tomatoes that form the base of this chili. As with all dishes, you make your swaps, I use quinoa instead of the bulgur her recipe had and have spiced up the cornbread to take it to a completely different level.
My kids call Beverly grandma Bev and hence the name —Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice Chronicles
For the chili
medium, onions chopped
freshly ground cumin
red cayenne powder or to taste
chopped diced tomatoes canned or about 10 fresh tomatoes