Root Vegetable Chili Soup

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Root vegetables like rutabagas and carrots are great for spicy kitchen experiments because they lend subtle sweetness to dishes. Believe it or not, you can use curry powder in place of the chili powder here—the soup will have an Indian flair. Dishes that call for chili and curry powders get better over time, so make this dish a day ahead. 

  • SERVINGServings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 4 tsp. mild chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 small rutabagas, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (11/2 lb.)
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (1/2 lb.)
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small russet potato, finely diced (1 cup)
  • 2 Anaheim, banana, or mild peppers, seeded and chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped (2/3 cup)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced, optional
  • 1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Chopped green onions or cilantro for garnish

Preparation

  1. Heat large pot over medium heat. Add corn, and sauté 2 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add oil, onion, and garlic, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Stir in chili powder and cumin, and cook 2 minutes, scraping bottom of pan with spatula.
  2. Add rutabagas, carrots, tomatoes, potato, Anaheim pepper, bell pepper, jalapeño, if using, and 3 cups water.
  3. Bring pot to a simmer, and season with salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add beans and cook, uncovered, 45 minutes, or until soup thickens. Serve garnished with green onions or cilantro.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 4
  • Calories: 236
  • Carbohydrate Content: 40 g
  • Fat Content: 6 g
  • Fiber Content: 13 g
  • Protein Content: 8 g
  • Sodium Content: 417 mg
  • Sugar Content: 15 g