Bean Stews and Chilis

Golden Hominy Chili

Hominy Vegetarian Chili

Here’s an offbeat chili and a great introduction to whole hominy, if you’ve never tried it before. It’s easy to find—you’ll likely be able to get it in any supermarket shelved right near canned corn. Hominy is dried corn whose hull has been soaked off. Reconstituted, it’s whole hominy; ground, it becomes hominy grits. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→


Slow-Cooker White Bean and Sweet Potato Stew with Collard Greens

This stew is colorful and full-flavored thanks to a host of vegetables and seasonings. I like to cook the collards separately to avoid any bitter taste in the stew. Since sweet potatoes break down easily, it’s important not to cook this stew too long. For a mild yet still flavorful version, eliminate the hot chile. Serve it accompanied by crusty warm bread. Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker* by Robin Robertson. more→


Cincinnati “Chili Mac”

This classic pasta and chili dish can be made with varying ingredients and seasonings, but the one standard factor is that it’s always served over spaghetti. Often, too, a touch of sweet spices (such as cinnamon or allspice) are added. The result: a hybrid recipe that’s uniquely American. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→