Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cookin' Vegan's Sweet Potato, Chipotle Sausage, & Pumpkin Ale Chili

It's Superbowl Puppy Bowl Sunday folks, and while I don't give a fig about football, I could spend hours watching puppies play. Plus, I like that the Puppy Bowl is all about pet adoption, and provides information about the shelters that the "players" came from, and other resources where you can find animals to adopt. For the love of dog, adopt! Don't support the puppy mills!

Now whether you're watching the Puppy Bowl, or actual humans playing football, or a Jennifer Aniston rom-com (that was a trick - if you said yes to that, we can't be friends), nothing goes with it better than a big bowl of spicy chili, right? I've had Cookin' Vegan's recipe for Sweet Potato, Chipotle Sausage, & Pumpkin Ale Chili bookmarked for months now, just waiting for the right day to make it. I mean it has three of my favorite things right there in the title: Sweet Potatoes? Check. Field Roast Chipotle Sausages? Check. Pumpkin Ale? Hell yes!

This chili is a snap to make, and the combination of spices smells simply amazing while simmering on the stove. It's warm and satisfying, with the sweet potatoes, sausage, and navy beans, yet also manages to avoid being too heavy and weighing you down after you eat it. And I should know, because it was so tasty that I went in for a second bowlful, even though one was plenty. Don't tell anyone.

Not to be overly dramatic about it, but this chili turned out to be everything I dreamed it would be and more. There was a little sweetness to it, and a lot of spiciness (the most important feature of any chili in my book), and all the flavors melded and went together so incredibly well. I also love having another chili option that isn't the usual tomato-based variety. It couldn't be any more perfect for dinner on a cold evening, especially one watching a sporting event or whatever else you have on the tube. Except for any show featuring a member of the Kardashian family, because if you're watching that, then you should probably take this pot of chili and pour it directly over your head.

 Bella's favorite channels are Animal Planet and the BBC.


  1. You're too sweet! I'm so glad the chili turned out well, and I'll put your check I'm the mail on Monday. Or if you'd prefer to be payed in Sweet & Sara marshmallows please let me know. Love you :)

  2. "Except for any show featuring a member of the Kardashian family, because if you're watching that, then you should probably take this pot of chili and pour it directly over your head."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, why would you even waste good chili though? Particularly this one, looks awesome!

  3. Looks so damn tasty, perfect for the winter- def have to make that, especially since we have more snow on the way...and Bella has good TV taste, but she's got to have a guilty pleasure- come on, she must secretly love watching those little dogs on any of the Housewives series...

  4. Ohhh, I would love this!
    I haven't tried the Field Roast sausages yet, but I'm going to pick some up--pronto!

  5. What a great take on chili! I love the idea and the colors! By the way, Bella is a beautiful Cocker. I have a red English Cocker Shelly. Cockers are the best dogs, they are almost like "velcro" dogs and want to be with you all the time and anywhere. Does Bella like veggies and fruits? Shelly loves everything from zucchini, cucumbers, apples, bananas, green peppers, green beans, peas to carrots :-)

  6. @Elisabeth - yes, Bella is definitely a velcro pup! She can't bear to be out of my sight. I thought it was just me, but now I know it's typical of the breed :) And yes, she loves fruits and vegetables - apples, pears, bananas, carrots, even kale!