Cashew Chili


Since the weather has turned a bit chilly... it's about time to make some chili! HA... yes I know, horrible joke... This recipe can very easily be made vegetarian or vegan (just leave out the chicken... done and done). I must admit John made most of this so I'm not sure on exactly what went into it, but I can give you the bones of it. I was having a bad day... no real reason, just felt BLEH, and kept having random things go wrong. Like dropping a container of corn meal ALL over the floor *sigh*. In case you are wondering, it's amazing how far cornmeal can travel in one foul swoop. John's a sweetie and told me he'd clean up the mess and for me to go take a nap and then he'd get the chili started. So off I went and when my nap was all done, dinner was on the table and ready to go! Now that's what I call living!

John's Cashew Chili
Saute in the bottom of a big pot with a little olive oil
1 large onion diced
4 cloves garlic smashed and diced
1 red bell pepper diced
salt and pepper to taste

Then dump in
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can red kidney beans (rinsed)
1 can white beans (rinsed)
1/4 cup white wine
few glugs of red hot
1 cup cashews (unsalted)
seasonings... not sure what kind he used... cayenne pepper...
possibly some other random things tossed in...

Let is simmer for awhile and taste... add more seasoning if it needs it

We made ours chicken chili, so we cubed up two chicken breast and cooked it in a pan with a little olive oil, once cooked through we added it to the chili. Not at all necessary, but John wanted more protein.

Yup that's it! And the best part is it all tastes even better the next day once it's marinated overnight... mmmmm this stuff was SO GOOD!! Can't wait to have leftovers for dinner tonight!

20 chews:

Jennifer said...

Now this is one unique chilli with the cashews! I love adding them to chicken or shrimp dishes, I can imagine they add a nice touch to the chilli! Something I am going to HAVE to try now!

I would have never thought of adding cashews (or any other nuts for that matter) to chili. What a great idea! It looks delicious :)

Mags said...

I'm liking the addition of the cashews. I wouldn't have thought to try that.

So funny - I've been admiring a cashew chili at Wegman's for a few weeks now but haven't gotten it. Thanks to you, I can make my own.

Anne said...

That looks delicious! I've never had cashews in chili before. Yum!

Pam said...

Adding the cashews is an amazing idea. The chili looks delicious.

Natalie said...

This sounds so delicious! I love the texture of cashews in Asian cuisine so I know I would love this!

Jeanne said...

Aww... that was so nice of your man. :)
I bet the crunch of the cashews gave the chili some great texture. Looks good.

craftygal86 said...

That sounds really neat with the cashews in there. I actually have some turkey & bean chili cooking up in the crockpot today for our dinner tonight. =D

A very unique chili with cashews, my family would love it!

stephchows said...

thanks guys! I've had cashew chili before and knew I had to give it a go at home :)

outoftherabbithole- I haven't tried the wegmans version yet but I'm a huge fan of this kind for sure :)

oooh, yummy! we made a batch of chili a few days ago and it was divine. finishing off the last bowl tonight!

Steph said...

The chili looks soo good! I like that you used chicken because I usually use ground beef and it's a little too chunky for me.

I've been wanting to make a vegetarian version of white chili for some time, but hadn't quite figured out everything I'd use...now I know I will use cashews alongside the beans! What a seriously brilliant idea. Thank you :)

Oh I love the look of this! Love cashews in any way, shape or form! And so easy - a definite winter winner!

Sweeeeett!! This looks so yummy! John's such a sweetie!

What a great idea! I love cashews in my Chinese food but never thought of adding it to chili- I must do this next time!

Pam said...

Adding the cashews is an amazing idea. The chili looks delicious.

I would have never thought of adding cashews (or any other nuts for that matter) to chili. What a great idea! It looks delicious :)

Mags said...

I'm liking the addition of the cashews. I wouldn't have thought to try that.

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