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Normally reserve chili for warming our bones in the winter, but this version that calls for lots of summer produce, like zucchini and yellow squash, is too good for just one season.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large carrots, diced (1 cup)
  • 2 celery ribs, diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, diced
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 (8-oz.) packages sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 (15-oz.) cans pinto, black, great Northern, or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Calories 124
  • Fat 0.8g
  • Protein 7.4g
  • Carbohydrate 20.5g
  • Fiber 7g

How to Make It

Step 1

Sauté first 3 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add mushrooms, zucchini, and squash; sauté 3 more minutes. Add chili powder and next 2 ingredients, and sauté 5 more minutes.

Step 2

Stir together tomato sauce and tomato juice in a 6-qt. slow cooker until smooth. Stir in diced tomatoes, next 2 ingredients, and carrot mixture. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours.

Step 3

Note: Cool leftovers, and freeze in plastic freezer containers or zip-top plastic freezer bags for up to 2 months.