Hearty Kosher Harmony Chili

Kosher Chili Recipe


To begin the preparation, heat oil in a 6-quart stockpot over medium heat. This step is crucial as it allows the oil to reach its optimal temperature before adding any ingredients. Heating the oil adequately ensures that the subsequent steps will be executed efficiently and evenly. The medium heat setting helps prevent any potential burning or scorching of the oil, allowing for a gentle and controlled cooking process.

Once the oil is heated, it’s time to add onions and garlic to sauté for 2 minutes. Sautéing these aromatic ingredients releases their flavors and enhances the overall taste of the dish. This initial sauté also helps soften the onions, promoting caramelization and adding depth to the final product. As they cook, the onions and garlic infuse into the oil, creating a fragrant base that lays the foundation for a delicious and well-balanced dish.

After sautéing the onions and garlic, it’s now time to introduce beef into the mix. Adding beef at this stage allows it to interact with all those wonderful flavors already present in the pot while ensuring that it cooks thoroughly without any traces of pinkness remaining. Stirring continuously during this stage ensures even browning of the beef while breaking up any clumps that may


  • 1 lb kosher ground beef (optional; you can also make it vegetarian)
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) beans (kidney, black, or pinto beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Water or kosher vegetable broth, as needed


  1. Cook the Meat (if using): In a large pot, heat a little olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Sauté the Vegetables: Add the diced onion, minced garlic, and bell pepper to the pot with the meat (or with olive oil if making vegetarian). Cook until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Add the Beans and Tomatoes: Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Mix well.
  4. Season: Add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
  5. Simmer: Add enough water or vegetable broth to reach your desired consistency. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. For deeper flavor, you can let it simmer for longer, up to 2 hours, adding more liquid as needed.
  6. Serve: Serve hot with your choice of toppings, such as chopped green onions, cilantro, diced avocado, Tofutti sour cream.
  7. Preparation

This recipe can be adjusted based on your dietary needs and preferences. Remember to check all your ingredients to ensure they meet kosher standards, especially if you’re serving this dish to observant guests.

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