This is one of my favorite wintertime recipes. It's in both books.
Smoky Black Bean Chili with Roasted Butternut
Yields 4 servings This hearty chili is very fast and easy, and you could substitute canned beans and tomatoes to make it even quicker. Make a batch of Cornbread (in the Grains chapter) to serve alongside.
Prepare Home-Cooked Black Beans (or any combination of kidney, pinto, and black). Save some of the cooking water to moisten the chili as needed (or use canned).
Preheat oven to 425˚. Combine in an oven-safe dish or pan: 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1”chunks 2 lbs roma tomatoes, cut into eighths 2-3 Tbl olive oil ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp cumin Roast for 45 minutes until soft, stirring once or twice. Set aside.
Combine in a large pot: 1 Tbl olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced 1-3 jalapenos, seeded & diced ¼ tsp salt Cook over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, until onions begin to color.
Add 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced. Cook for about 3 more minutes, until garlic is fragrant.
Add the roasted squash and tomatoes and: 2-4 chipotle peppers, seeds removed and diced 1 Tbl chili powder ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp dry oregano, rubbed between palms ½ tsp salt Simmer for 10 minutes, then add: Cooked black beans Juice of 1 lime Cooking water from beans, as needed; or broth, or water Adjust salt, lime, and chilis to taste. Garnish with: Cilantro, Cashew Cream (Nuts and Seeds), or Queso Fresca variation, Avocado chunks, chopped onion and fresh chili, etc.
Make This Chili Into Two Different Soups: ••• Smoky Butternut Squash Soup Prepare the chili recipe, omitting beans and using a larger squash. Then, purée everything in batches with 4-5 cups vegetable broth (or water) in a blender and adjust seasonings to taste. ••• Smoky Black Bean Soup Prepare the chili recipe, omitting the squash, doubling the beans, and adding 1 diced celery rib and 1 sliced carrot with the garlic and jalapenos. Then, add 4-5 cups vegetable broth or water and the zest and juice of an orange. Purée half the soup in a blender, return to pot, and adjust seasonings to taste.