|Serves||4 to 6|
It takes a few hours to cook dried hominy from scratch, but ready-to-eat chewy nuggets of this large-kernel field corn are readily available in cans, usually in the Latin section of supermarkets.
Combine the hominy with mahogany kidney beans to make a hearty, protein-rich, vegetarian stew. Diced tomatoes brighten the mix, and chunks of zucchini cooked tender-crisp make a good counterpart to the mellow beans and hominy.
|1||Tbsp. olive oil|
|1||medium onion, diced|
|2||tsp. chili powder, plus more to taste|
|½||tsp. ground cumin|
|½||tsp. granulated garlic (see Note)|
|⅛||tsp. ground cinnamon|
|1||tsp. dried oregano|
|2||cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chiles, preferably fire-roasted, with liquid|
|1||can (15 ounces) white or yellow hominy, drained and rinsed|
|1||can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed|
|2||medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks|
|~||Salt and freshly ground black pepper|
|1||cup diced roasted red bell pepper, preferably fire-roasted|
|¼||cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving|
|~||Lime wedges, for serving|
|½||cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, for serving|
Variations: If you are not partial to spicy food, use diced tomatoes without added chiles. If you like very hot food, add puréed chipotle in adobo to taste along with the chili powder.
For a meaty version, brown 1/2 to 1 pound of ground pork in the heated oil. Then stir in the onion and proceed as directed.
Culinate editor’s notes: You can substitute one minced garlic clove for the granulated garlic in this recipe. For a thicker chili, use twice the amount of hominy and beans; for a more tomato-ey chili, double the tomatoes. Roasted winter squash also makes a good substitute for the zucchini.
This content is from the book Whole Grains for Busy People by Lorna Sass.
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