Monday, April 19, 2010

Vegetarian Tex-Mex Recipes

Is this even possible? My mind's eye sees a bowl of chili -- browned meat redolent with chilis, onions, garlic... (no beans; no tomatoes.) The vegetarians also make a version of what meat eaters know as tamale pie.

From "The New American Vegetarian Menu Cookbook" by Paulette Mitchell

3 T butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups cooked kidney beans, drained
1/1/2 cups (2 8.oz cans) tomato sauce
2 cups cooked corn
2 cups whole tomatoes (1 8 oz. can)
2 or 3 T chili powder
3 drops hot pepper sauce
1 teas. ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teas. dried basil
1 teas. dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/2 teas. pepper
1 cup raisins
1 cup whole raw cashews
Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, grated as garnish

Melt the butter in a big pot and sautee the onion, green pepper and celery until crisp tender
Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the raisins and cashews and simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir in the raisins and cashews and continue to simmer until the raisins plump out.
Ladle in bowls and top with the cheese

1 cup cornmeal
6 T oil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 medium-size green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2 cups cooked kidney beans, drained
1 cup cooked corn, drained
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
2 teas. chili powder
1/2 teas. dried oregano
1/2 teas. pepper
2 drops hot pepper sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated

Set the oven at 350. Oil a pie pan. Combine the cornmeal, 4 T oil and 1/2 cup vegetable stock. Mix thoroughly and press into the pie pan. That's the crust.
Heat 2 T oil and saute the onion, celery, green pepper and garlic. Stire in remaining vegetable stock and all other ingredients EXCEPT the cheeses which you will mix together.
Press half of the cheese mixture into the pie pan, add the vegetable mix and bake about 30 minutes. Then take the pan out and cover with the rest of the cheese. Put the pan back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve. Can be prepared the day before.

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