My Almost Famous Chili


Before we get into My Almost Famous  Chili recipe I want to say a few things about the photo for this post.  I was very reluctant to use this photo because of the color but in the end I decided to go with it.   I am sure that I am breaking all the rules in food photography but I love the look of this photo.  It gives me  a clean, warm, cozy feeling through the colors along with the shadows.  I used a 750  watt halogen lamp with no reflector or umbrella.  After uploading the photo onto my computer and putting it through a photo program I still liked this look better.  I have ordered a light kit and am waiting for my that to arrive.  Exciting!

Let me know what you think, does this scream warm, cozy, candlelight.  Or just really, really bad photography?

I am not bragging but everyone who eats this chili wants to make it, seriously.  Non vegetarians love as well as veggies and go back for seconds.  That’s why I call it almost famous.   It is totally vegetarian and or vegan.  I toss  pretty much any veggie in and add some cumin, chili powder, paprika  and a tiny hint of cinnamon.  The cinnamon adds a nice flavor and the fragrance while cooking gives off a warm, toasty aroma.  Yum.

Congratulations and Good Luck to all the Foodbuzz nominees who are getting ready to head to San Francisco this weekend.  Can’t wait to read about your exciting adventure and find out the winners for this year.



2 cans light red kidney beans

2 ears corn cut from cob or canned

1 stalk of  celery chopped

1 onion chopped

1/2 lb mushrooms sliced

1  jar green olives with pimentos sliced with a little bit of the olive juice

large can chopped tomatoes

15 oz can tomato sauce

1 tsp cumin or more

1tsp paprika

1tablespoon chili powder

2-3 cloves garlic minced or garlic powder

jalapenos to taste

shredded cheese or vegan cheese

sour cream  or vegan sour ream

You can saute the vegetables in some olive oil but it you are watching your fat content omit that step and just place everything in a large pot, bring to a boil then turn the heat down and let simmer a few hours.  This recipe is also great for the slow cooker, place everything your slow cooker turn to low and leave for 8 hours.




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19 Responses to My Almost Famous Chili

  1. lovely presentation- and yes, I am a new follower to your blog and loving this space :)

  2. Food photography is so hard. Even though we like certain pictures we took which are not considered the best quality, but still they are yours and your thoughts are in it. I like your photos. :-) I have never made chili before and this is my 4-5th chili posts and I’m getting ready to make my own soon. =) Looks really delicious Suzi!

  3. I am a huge chili fan, and this one looks delicious!

  4. Liz

    Oh, I love your chili! If only my picky family would like mushrooms…but I suppose I could scoop them all out of the batch and eat them myself :)

  5. I think the photos are homy and lovely!Love the title of the post, too. We do not eat a lot of chillis here, but I know I’d love it.

  6. Your veggie chili looks fabulous both in the recipe and in the picture. One thing I’ve learned about food photography – if YOU like it, it’s good! :) I love your pictures!

  7. love that you included mushrooms!

  8. I personally think your photo looks gorgeous. And I love the amount of veggies you use in it. I can see how your chili is “almost” lol famous.

  9. Your chili looks wonderful plus the photos are great! Thanks for sharing.

    Spoon and Chopsticks

  10. Mmmm – homemade chili sounds good right now. We finally received some cooler temps and needed rain. Thanks for the inspiration and recipe for this chili! :)

    How fun to be expecting some new photography/lighting toys. You’re gonna have fun with it. I love your composition and food styling presentation in the image and the warm lighting to lend ambiance and sense of time of day. If I may…adjusting the white balance either in your camera settings or your editing program – just a tad – could be lovely too. Nicely done :)

  11. Looks perfect for the cool fall nights we’ve been having around here!

  12. This looks absolutely delicious, would love to dig in some bread into it.

  13. Chili recipe…hmmm, exotic! I live in a region where we are surrounded by everything spicy; chili, curry….:p

  14. I really like the photo, and the chili sounds amazing!!! :)

  15. I think the photo is beautiful!!! The chili looks wonderful.

  16. Ann

    The chili sounds delicious and honey bunny loves anything with corn! Congrats on getting a light set…is it the lowel egos? WooHoo!

    As for your photo…if you’re happy….then it’s perfect! It looks warm and cozy as you suggested and the food looks delicious!

  17. Honestly, it’s your art and if you love it you should use it! Even food photography is an art and I appreciate it for what you put into it. I’m a sucker for jalepenos so it got my attention right away.

    Thank you for sharing your chili recipe! I’ll probably try it one day, although usually I leave the chili up to my dad. He is looking for a new recipe that is compatible with moms new diet…I’ll forward this!

  18. That looks awesome! I’m really inspired to make some chilli this week – maybe I’ll blog about it too!

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