I just made this chili recipe and I LOVE it because it can be made entirely from ingredients you can store in your pantry for several years. As an added bonus, it’s also vegetarian! (Don’t let this turn you off– even without meat, it’s a very hardy soup.)
There’s such an emphasis on stockpiling foods that will last forever, I think there also needs to be a focus on feasible recipes you can use those goods for. You don’t want to be eating cans of baked beans or tuna fish for six months when SHTF… that isn’t good for morale, or your health!
Hardy and Tasty Survival Chili Recipe
- Oil (I use virgin olive oil)
- 2 large Garlic cloves, chopped (or 2 tsp minced garlic)
- Dehydrated onions (1 large onion’s worth- about 1/2 cup)
- Dried green pepper (1 small green pepper-1/4 cup)
- Dehydrated jalapeños (about 1.5 tbsp)
- (2) 14oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
- (1) 14oz can of roasted diced tomatoes
- (1) 14oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1 cup of sweet yellow corn, drained
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tbsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- Salt to taste – a couple shakes of sea salt did it for me!
First of all, rehydrate any dried goods. You may need to alter the amounts listed above based on how strong the veggie’s taste is once rehydrated. I have to use way less of my dehydrated onions than I would a fresh onion, just because the flavor is far more intense.
Over low heat, put 2 tbsp of oil in pot. Gently cook onions, garlic, peppers until fragrant. Add remainder of ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring frequently. Depending on the thickness you want, add more water as necessary.
Turn this Chili into Tortilla Soup
This chili recipe can easily be converted into a vegetarian tortilla soup recipe. Simply make 4-6 cups of bouillon and add.
Where to Buy Dehydrated Vegetables
Amazon has a surprisingly good selection of freeze dried vegetables. I use freeze dried onions from Harmony House and they’re delicious in soup, but extremely potent!
This was a recipe originally found here, but altered to fit the mindset/capabilities of a survivalist/prepper.