Saturday, September 25, 2021

Cauliflower, Collards and Bean Chili


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large red onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 large bell peppers( any color you want) chopped

3 large carrots, diced


3 Tablespoons Chili Powder

1 Tablespoon cumin powder

2 Tablespoon tomato paste

1 (28 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes

1 (   14.5  )  can collard greens- drained

2 cups chicken broth ( can also used beef or just plain water)*

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 (15 ounce) beans - I used pinto and dark kidney beans

1/2 head cauliflower - trimmed and coarsely chopped


Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell peppers, carrots and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the carrots start softening, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until deep red, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, 2 cups water, the cocoa powder, collard greens and beans with their liquid. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 1 hour 15 minutes

Stir in the grated cauliflower and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. (Add a splash of water if the chili is too thick.) Season with salt and pepper. Top as desired.

* I simmered it down, I didn't want something that resembled soup.

Trader Joe's sends me their new sale flyer every month. One of the things that I thought sounded REALLY good was Kale and Cauliflower chili. 

I haven't planted my kale yet but I have been on a cauliflower binge. I looked up recipes but the closest I found was one on food network web site. 

I adapted the recipe ( nothing new for me) and this came out SO SO good.

I took a large container to Mey, she loves veggies as much as I do. It also gives her a break so she doesn't have to cook.



  1. I love Trader Joe's recipes. This sounds so interesting. Not crazy about cooked veggies as you know. Will hold on to this one, maybe make it for my kids.

    1. SO do I!!! I don't get over to Gainesville much buy when I do AWLAYS hit Trader Joes.

      I really liked this, Mey said it was spicy but I didn't