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Fruit isn’t just for sweet treats! In this vegan chili, blueberries—which are both blended into the stew and used as a garnish—deliver hits of juicy sweetness to complement the earthy, savory notes of the kidney beans. The result is a fragrant, deliciously complex stew that’s ready in under an hour. Chili freezes well; make extra and you’ll always have a healthy homemade meal ready to go.

kidney bean chili blueberries in white bowls with a purple cloth napkin

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely chopped red onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 12 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons mild chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained, or 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 15-oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot combine the first eight ingredients (through cumin) and ½ cup water. Cook over medium 15 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and 1½ cups of the blueberries. Cook 15 minutes more.
  2. Transfer 2 cups of the chili to a blender; let cool. Cover and blend until smooth. Return mixture to the pot. Stir in beans, half of the cilantro, the lemon juice, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes. Top servings with the remaining blueberries and cilantro.
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Mal3 weeks ago
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I thought it sounded odd but figured i’d make it cause i had all the ingredients and it’s very delicious!
I used smoked paprika and frozen wild blueberries. I also choose to skip the blending part and topped with green onions. YUM! Will be making it again.

Aimee B.1 month ago
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I was a little hesitant at first, but thought, why not! I’m so glad I did. My family really enjoyed the little touch of sweetness that the blueberries bring to the chili. They had no idea there was actually any blueberries in it when I asked them to guess the secret ingredient, lol! I modified it a wee bit because I need to eat low sodium, so I omitted the salt and used no salt added kidney beans & tomatoes. For ease, I used a frozen bell pepper/onion blend and left out the celery because I didn’t have any. I used a bit of celery seed instead. I’m going to start putting blueberries in all my chilis going forward. I love the burst of sweetness and nutrition as well.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com for more.

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