Vegetarian Chili
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Vegetarian Chili with Poblanos and Hominy

Charred poblanos, canned chiles and hominy give this chili some Tex-Mex flavor.

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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili with Poblanos and Hominy

Charred poblanos, canned chiles and hominy give this chili some Tex-Mex flavor.
Course: Dinner
Keyword: chili, vegetarian chili
Servings: 4
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Lindsay Maitland Hunt


  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 2 (4-oz) cans chopped green chiles
  • 6 cups broth
  • 3 cups hominy (from one 25-oz can), drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15.5-oz) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  • Ripe avocado
  • Cultured sour cream or kefir
  • Pickled hot peppers or jalapeños
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Flaky sea salt (optional)


  • Use tongs to char poblanos over a gas flame until blistered and black, 8 to 10 minutes. (Or preheat broiler to high and char peppers on a baking sheet.) Place peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap; let steam 5 minutes. Slip skins off, halve peppers, discard seeds and chop.
  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add peppers, onions, garlic, chili powder, oregano, cumin, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown and tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato paste and chiles and cook, stirring continuously and scraping any caramelized spices off bottom of pot, until any excess moisture has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Add hominy, beans, and remaining salt and black pepper. Cook until heated through, about 30 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve topped with avocado, sour cream, pickled peppers and cilantro, with a squeeze of lime juice and some sea salt.


Help YourselfExcerpted from Help Yourself : A Guide to Gut Health for People Who Like Delicious Food © 2020 by Lindsay Mailtand Hunt. Published by Houghton Miffilin Harcourt.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 2878mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 15g
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