Black Bean Chili
Black bean chili is the vegetarian’s answer to hearty, satisfying chili. So why is it so often dull and unremarkable?
Why This Recipe Works
We chose to skip brining our dried beans, which softens the beans’ exteriors and prevents blowouts, because a few burst beans would only serve to thicken our Black Bean Chili recipe. Cooking the beans in a combination of vegetable broth and water gave our beans a flavorful backbone, and some crushed tomatoes added halfway through cooking brightened our Black Bean Chili recipe. A small amount of baking soda ensured the beans didn’t turn gray or drab. We boosted the meaty flavor of our Black Bean Chili by incorporating minced white mushrooms, which we sautéed with onion.