Falafel Chili Recipe
Falafel Chili Recipe
1/2 cup of falafel mix (I used Ziyad)
1/2 cup of cool water
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup of chopped bell peppers
1/2 cup of chopped onion
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes
4 cups of mixed beans
2 tablespoons of chili powder (I used McCormick.)
1 tablespoon paprika,
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon dried cilantro
Mix 1/2 cup of Ziyad falafel mix, or your favorite falafel mix, with 1/2 cup of cool water. Let it stand for half an hour to hydrate the falafel mix.
In an iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté 1/2 cup of chopped bell peppers and 1/2 cup of chopped onion with 3 cloves of minced garlic until they are soft. Remove from the pan and put into a bowl. Leave any remaining oil in the pan. Add the hydrated falafel to the hot pan by tossing little chunks in. I use my hands and just drop it in, but you might like using a spoon--not as messy on the fingers! Cook it until it starts to firm up. Turn and chop it, so that all of it gets crispy. It should look like crumbled hamburger. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic back in. Add one can of diced tomatoes and 4 cups of mixed beans. I use a bean/lentil/pea combination that I buy from my Indian grocer and cook in my slow cooker. You may use any kind of beans that please you. Black beans, red beans, or pinto beans are fine. If you are using canned beans, drain the liquid. Add 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon cumin, and 1 tablespoon dried cilantro. Heat the chili on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, then remove from heat.
Serve with grated cheese on top. This is even better the next day!
This chili pairs well with a grilled cheese sandwich, a quesadilla, or a veggie wrap. We have been trying to eat more plant-based proteins lately. My husband enjoyed this chili so much that he said he wants to have it instead of the hamburger-based chili. Was I ever surprised, since the hamburger chili has been one of his favorites for over 60 years! I hope that you enjoy this chili as part of a wonderful sandwich meal. May you eat it in good health!
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