Summer Chili

Even though the title of this recipe is summer, our family eats it all year long.  When fresh out-of-the-garden tomatoes are unavailable, I use petite diced canned tomatoes. Consider serving with Cornmeal Cornbread for a gluten-free dinner!

  1. Summer Chili

  • 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cups juicy, chopped fresh tomatoes (or canned)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup chopped white or portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, packed
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in medium pot.
  2. Add onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin.
  3. Saute over medium heat until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients (except garnishes) and stir.
  5. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  6. Add more liquid if needed.
  7. Serve over rice if desired.
  8. May garnish with cheddar cheese, guacamole, or fresh cilantro.