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Mar 16, 2009

Chili con Queso

This is a classic Mexican dish I found in my recipe collection. I thought it would be perfect for Vaishali’s “It’s A Vegan World: Mexican” event. Original recipe said, “For extra good flavor, use small cubes of smoked cheese, and serve with rice”. But I omitted it as cheese isn’t considered as a vegan food! Original recipe also said that this delicious dish is well known as a “bowl of red”.


  • 2 cups red Kidney Beans (I used 2 cans of beans, drained)
  • 1 tsp Oil (original recipe said 3 tbsp oil)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 1 fresh red Chili, chopped (optional) (I used dry red Chili as I don’t have fresh ones)
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder, (mild or hot) (I used just 1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin (I used ½ tsp Cumin Seeds)
  • 2 cups Water
  • ½ tsp ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt as required


Heat oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion, bell pepper, garlic and red chili for about 5 minutes until onions become soft and cooked.

Stir in the chili powder + cumin and cook for another minute. Then add the beans + water + black pepper. Don’t add salt at this stage.

Boil for 10 minutes, cover and keep the flame on medium setting. Cook until all the water is absorbed.

Note: If using fresh kidney beans, soak for some time before cooking. Also add more (up to 4 cups) water so that the beans are cooked well.

When the beans are tender, add salt and mix well. Remove about a quarter of the mixture and mash to a pulp or pass through a food processor.

Add this puree to the rest of the beans in the pan and stir well. Add sugar and serve hot. If desired, eat with the cheese sprinkled on top.

This tastes great with plain cooked rice. But, I should warn you; this dish is so spicy with all the chili powder and black pepper. So add them as per your taste.

This is my contribution to the following events:

On a different note, I would like to thank AnuSriram for passing me the “The Adorable Blog”, “Amazing Blog”, “Triple Award” and “One Lovely Blog” awards. So nice of you Anu!


Anonymous said... [Reply]

Yummy and delicious as usual.

♥Rosie♥ said... [Reply]

Your chilli looks wonderful and great photos Uma :0)

Poornima Nair said... [Reply]

The chili looks delicious...perfect entry to all the events.

Sujatha said... [Reply]

I love mexican dishes, that looks scrumptious..

Lavanya said... [Reply]

looking ymmy uma and it is healthy too!!

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Healthy dish Uma, Prefect entry for all those events...

sra said... [Reply]

I also like the looks of the plate you've served it in, tho' I can't see much of it!

Cham said... [Reply]

I thought chili too for her event! But differemt version, love with rice!

Anonymous said... [Reply]

delicious chili :)
love the picture of the chili with the rice.. makes me want to dig in :)

Vaishali said... [Reply]

Delicious, Uma, you made my mouth water with this wonderful recipe. Thanks for holding back the cheese, and for sending it to IAVW Mexican.

Ashwini said... [Reply]

Love mexican dishes..Looks yum and lovely photos..

Trupti said... [Reply]

I love mexican food..Chili looks very delicious.

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

chillies looks sooooooo classic and tempting...very delicious..

Unknown said... [Reply]

That looks loely Uma. thanks for sending it to think pepper event. Looks like rajma kurma.

Daily Meals said... [Reply]

Looks yummy...

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Lovley dish Uma... it looks inviting :)

jayasree said... [Reply]

Mouthwatering presentation. Looks delicious.

Savi-Ruchi said... [Reply]

Superb presentation, awesome click & tempting recipe, keep going gal..

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

so easy.. i like mexican food. this one sounds delicious uma.

notyet100 said... [Reply]

yummy,...:-)lovely click too,..

A_and_N said... [Reply]

simple and healthy...way to go!

Unknown said... [Reply]

oohhh thats very perfect for me going to make it for my lunch nice and simple.

suvi said... [Reply]

looks yum Uma!

Saritha said... [Reply]

lovely dish uma.

karuna said... [Reply]

this is making me hungry

Pooja said... [Reply]

Dont know about this dish uma..Love the way you pesented it..Nice pic..

Raks said... [Reply]

New to me and looks awesome,especially colour!! With that rice,tempts to have a mouth:)

Lakshmi said... [Reply]

Looks so much like our Rajma! Good One Uma. Congratulations on your awards :)

vidhas said... [Reply]

It's new to me and your picture making me hungry even though i just had my lunch,perfect for the event.

Unknown said... [Reply]

LOoks delicious & YUmmy.. looks perfect..

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

delicious dear

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Nutritious and yum...

Finla said... [Reply]

Pass me the plate please, looks delicious.

Laavanya said... [Reply]

That's what I love about mexican food.. it's closeness (spices etc) to our indian cuisine. Looks so yummy Uma.

Deepa Hari said... [Reply]

Lovely dish Uma...very inviting.

Srivalli said... [Reply]

Thanks for the lovely entry Uma..

Srikitchen said... [Reply]

looks delicious!
do visit my blog when u find time and join in the cookies event going in my blog!

Usha said... [Reply]

Looks yum and spicy !

CurryLeaf said... [Reply]

Lovely and perfect meal.The pic is too mouthwatering.PErfect entry to vegan:Mexican

Cilantro said... [Reply]

Looks delicious Uma, Like our Rajma curry. Love Mexican food for the similarity.

Dori said... [Reply]

~ That looks great on top of the rice!

Pavithra Kodical said... [Reply]

Wow...Simple and delicious recipe :)Great entry.

Cynthia said... [Reply]

I'm trying to make up my mind, should I get a spoon, a fork or just eat it with my fingers. Which do you think? :)

Yasmeen said... [Reply]

Satisfying platter,love all the flavors,with no cheese,I'm pleased:)

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Yummy! This looks so good Uma!

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