Mexican Mushroom Chili with Beans and Barley
- Yield 12 servings
Try this healthy chili, full of mushrooms, beans and barley.
- 1 cup barley
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 3 (8-ounce) packages cremini mushrooms, quartered
- 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder (not ground chipotle chile peppers) (OR 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder plus 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile)
- 2 teaspoons oregano, preferably Mexican
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 fresh Anaheim chiles
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1 (16-ounce) can chili beans, undrained
- 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 2/3 cup low sodium vegetable broth
- Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a large saucepot. Add barley, turn heat down and simmer 30 – 40 minutes or until cooked through. Drain any excess liquid; partially cover to keep warm.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, seasonings, salt and black pepper; continue to cook 4 – 5 minutes. Stir in peppers and chiles; cook for an additional 3 – 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Stir in all remaining ingredients except barley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes or until flavors are melded, stirring after 15 minutes to prevent sticking. Add cooked barley and continue to cook 10 minutes.