Fall is a great time of year for tons of reasons…my favorite one being that my culinary habits get shaken up and I get to break out of the summertime ways of eating.
No more avoiding the oven for fear of the half day it takes to cool down in the heat of summer! Big families of produce come back into play: apples, squash, pumpkins, and of course the whole potato clan are welcomed back into my kitchen. Hearty and filling meals come back to the table, warming us up from the chilly, windy weather outside.
Creativity is needed to get through all those bags of apples (I’m still trying to make it through this gigantic one that was gifted to me from a friend’s backyard apple tree!).
I love all of it. Not to mention that I get to layer my clothes again.
And so, with all this fall love going around, it is only natural to want to make a big batch of chili to fill our tummies while we are out there enjoying it all. This year I have cut out eating a lot of meat, so I knew that this chili would be vegetarian. But nothing is more disappointing than a chili that loses its depth and heartiness when you take out the meat…it starts to feel more like a soup or veggie stew (which is also good, but not when you want thick chili!). So in order to combat this problem, I decided I needed to add a veggie that could stand up to hot temps and not get mushy or disintegrate, one that would add some depth and take us out of the standard pepper/tomato combo, and of course one that would be amazing with strong Mexican flavors. And that vegetable is the squash. Continue reading Vegetarian Chili with Smoky Adobos and Acorn Squash