Soup, chili & chowder: Steamy creations to get you in the mood for fall cooking

  • Let Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili warm you up on a cool autumn evening.

    Let Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili warm you up on a cool autumn evening. Courtesy of Biz Velatini

Posted9/15/2021 6:00 AM

It's soup and chili season! Well, truth be told, I can eat chili or soup 365 days a year. It's not as if I am eating a bowl of chili on a beach, but now that we are in September, it's time to fire up the stove with some great soups and chilies.

Not only are soup and chili great to feed a crowd, but it is also great for meal prep if you are only feeding one or two people. I live alone, and usually, I enjoy a couple of bowls within days of making it, then freeze it in individual servings in a zip-top bag for a quick lunch or dinner.


I've got three recipes to share with you today.

I am giving you one of my favorite meatless chili recipes -- my Black Bean And Sweet Potato Chili. It's ready in under an hour, and it will taste as if it's been simmering all day. I promise you won't miss the meat.

I am also sharing my recipe for Farmers Market Corn Chowder.

This summer corn chowder has one foot hanging onto summer and one foot waltzing into fall. The farmers markets should still have corn on the cob available until the end of September. The secret to this soup is milking the corn cobs after you cut off the kernels -- there is so much flavor from the corn milk in the cobs.

And last but not least, is Creamy Chicken and Lemon Dill Soup.

If you are a lover of lemon and dill, this soup is for you. The best part is that this serves just one! Nothing to store, freeze or throw away three weeks after you made it because you forgot it was in your refrigerator.

I had half a lemon and fresh dill, and that was the inspiration for this soup. It came together in no time. When I finished eating this soup, I texted my daughter and said, "I think I just made my new favorite soup!" Which is saying a lot -- I love soup!

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Avocado oil spray

2 medium sweet potatoes

4 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons chili powder

4 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

¼ teaspoon table salt

2 cups water

28 ounces canned black beans, rinsed

2 cups canned tomatoes

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoons canned chipotle peppers, (one whole pepper)

Heat avocado oil in a large stock pot and bring to medium-high heat. Add diced sweet potato and cook, stirring often, about 4 minutes.

Add garlic, chili powder, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.


Add water, bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add canned tomatoes. (If you don't like chunks like I do, puree at this point).

Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice and return to a simmer. Cook for an additional 45 minutes.

Garnish with sour cream, cheddar cheese and serve with chips.

-- Biz Velatini

Farmers Market Corn Chowder.
Farmers Market Corn Chowder. - Courtesy of Biz Velatini
Farmers Market Corn Chowder

8 ears of corn, husks and silk removed

1 tablespoon butter

4 slices bacon

¼ cup flour

5 cups chicken broth (can use vegetable broth to keep this vegetarian)

12 ounces red potatoes

1 cup fat free half and half

Using a sharp knife (careful!) cut the kernels from the ears of corn; transfer to a bowl. (I got exactly 5 cups of kernels). Now holding the cob in another bowl, carefully scrape down the sides of the ear of corn, getting the corn milk from the cob.

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon, salt and pepper (about ½ a teaspoon each -- or to taste). Cook for a few minutes, then add flour and cook for 2 minutes. While stirring constantly, gradually whisk in the broth and bring to a boil. Add the corn kernels, and potatoes. Reduce to simmer and cook until potatoes are softened -- about 15-20 minutes.

Transfer 2 cups of the chowder to a blender and puree until smooth -- about 2 minutes. Return the puree to the pot, stir in the half and half and the reserved corn milk. Season with salt, pepper and sprinkle with chopped parsley and shredded cheddar cheese.

-- Biz Velatini

Creamy Chicken and Lemon Dill Soup.
Creamy Chicken and Lemon Dill Soup. - Courtesy of Biz Velatini
Creamy Chicken and Lemon Dill Soup

½ cup diced carrots

½ cup diced zucchini

1 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon light butter

3 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon fresh dill

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 cup cooked noodles (I used soba -- and that's 2 ounces dry)

3 ounces rotisserie chicken breast, roughly chopped

Heat stock pot with avocado oil spray. Cook carrots and zucchini for 5 minutes. Add butter. Once melted, add flour. Cook and stir for one minute.

Slowly add the chicken broth. Simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice, dill, red pepper and chicken. Let sit for a few minutes to heat the chicken. Add cooked noodles and enjoy! Feel free to season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

-- Biz Velatini

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