Three Bean Chili over Crispy Corn Cakes

This three bean chili ove corn cakes is full of plant-based nutrition your body needs to thrive. It’s extremely versatile and you can use whatever veggies and/or beans you have on hand.


The Chili: – 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed – 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed – 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed – 1 onion, chopped – 1 C of celery, chopped – 1 carrot, chopped – 1 C of sweet potato, cubed – 1 C of corn kernels, fresh or frozen – 28 oz of chopped tomatoes (or 3-4 cups fresh tomatoes) – 1-2 tbsp of chili powder  – 1 tsp of salt, or smoked salt (to taste) – 1 tbsp of maple syrup, or sugar  – 1 tbsp of turmeric – 1 tbsp of paprika Crispy Corn Cakes: – 1 C of corn meal – 1 C of all purpose flour  – 1/2 C of coarse cornmeal (polenta) – 3/4 tsp of salt – 1/2 tsp of baking powder – 2 tbsp of maple syrup – 2 tbsp of olive oil – 1 - 1 1/2 C of water

Start the chili in a large pot or deep skillet. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil to medium-low heat, add the chopped onion, celery, and carrot and saute for 4-5 minutes until lightly browning. Add the sweet potato, corn, kidney, black beans, and chickpeas. Stir and let cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add all spices, maple syrup, salt, and tomatoes. Add a bit of water if necessary, to bring to nice chili consistency. Bring to a gentle simmer and let cook, covered and undisturbed, for 20 minutes until sweet potatoes are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

If making the crispy corn cakes, in a medium bowl whisk together all dry ingredients, corn meal though baking powder. Add wet ingredients, maple syrup through water. Stir well and heat non-stick skillet to medium high heat. Ladle 1/4 cup of batter onto pan, tilting pan to spread into a circle. When browning on bottom and bubbling on top, flip over and cook 30-45 more seconds. Repeat.

Keep them warm on a plate in the oven if needed. Serve a ladle of chili atop corn cakes when done. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro if you have it and enjoy!