There’s still plenty of cold days, here in Texas, to enjoy some good ol’ chili. Thanks to my Toby, we have been eating a lot more fruits & vegetables and I gotta admit, I’m the first one to open a can, so it’s been a challenge using fresh produce for recipes. Even so, I wanted to make some fresh veggie chili, using just that, fresh vegetables.
This particular recipe is great when you you’re grocery budget starts dwindling ’cause you could easily omit the beef and still have great chili. Beans are affordable and the fresh produce used in this recipe, are very affordable, at least at our Walmart they are. Our Walmart’s produce selection has been pretty great lately; fresh carrots, celery, taters, cabbage, etc. We’ve been eating a lot of carrots and taters lately so I switched things up and went with tomatoes, peppers, and onions! I’m starting to become obsessed with the produce section! I owe that to Toby, my 17yr old. He’s so focused on eating healthier, that we’ve both learned a few new recipes using fresh produce, where I’d normally open a can.
So pretty huh!!! I’ve always bought the roma tomatoes or the ones that come 3 in a plastic container, but I’ve been buying the Village Farms (from Marfa, Texas) Tomatoes on the Vine and man, they are so good! And hello, Marfa is local. We use to live really close to Marfa (at Van Horn) a few years ago. It’s great to see Walmart bring in local produce like that.
We’ve been incorporating more beans lately just to keep our bodies filled with fiber. I used canned beans for this but you could absolutely use dried beans. I just drained the juices from all the cans and rinsed.
Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
Disclosure: I am an official Walmart Mom. Walmart has provided me with compensation and gift card in return for my time & efforts to create this post. Opinions are my own, always.