Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Raw Chili for a Cold Night

Our heater is not working in our house all the sudden, but fortunately I had some raw chili in our freezer to warm us right up (along with the fire my husband built). So, I thought I would share my favorite raw chili recipe. The pictures show it in a pan because I did not put it in the dehydrator for a few hours before dinner to warm it, so I warm it on the stove while stirring until about warm to the touch but not too hot to cook out the enzymes from the wonderful vegetable medley. I found this recipe online last winter so I can't credit the source any longer, but I have made my own modifications to the original recipe too as I found I like chili pretty spicy. I also discovered this does freeze well so you can make a double batch and then have dinner ready in the freezer in a flash when you want some healthy goodness.
Prep- pre soak walnuts for at least 4 hours, and pre-soak sun-dried tomatoes for at least 1 hour
Blend these ingredients (or to make it chunkier you can put in a food processor):
2 tomatoes
1/4 sweet red onion
4 cloves garlic
20 sun dried tomatoes, halved (about 1 pack)
1/4 c. raisins
3-4 tablespoons chili powder (or to taste if you don't like it that spicy)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground red pepper (also depends on taste and spice level)
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt

Add these ingredients to the blended ones:
2 stalks celery, finely diced
2 zucchini, finely diced
2 ears of corn, cut kernels
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
1 cup of chopped walnuts (acts like a ground beef in texture and filling)
1 grated carrot (optional)
1 chopped tomato (optional)

Allow ingredients to set together at least 6 hours or overnight so that the spices can fully mingle. To warm (the suggested way), put in the dehydrator at 100 degrees for several hours before serving. Enjoy!

PS- i did deliver a large sample of this to a friend who somewhat made fun of me for making "raw chili", and her response was "I am eating humble pie". She loved it!


  1. This sounds delicious! Now how does one go about attaining a dehydrator?

  2. Ebay? I am actually horrible with dehydrators- another reason I do the warm to the touch on the stove method!

  3. I made some and it was super. I changed it a little to add some Elvis but it is a very nice recipe.

    I used 1 zucchini instead of 2
    added 1 poblano
    forgot about raisins
    added some coriander
    2 tsps turmeric
    some lime juice
    no chili powder

    for the oil I used a mixture of hazelnut, olive, hemp and coconut

  4. I forgot the most important part. I also added some nice Lapsang Souchong tea to capture the essence of Wuyi pine fires.