Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili

Spicy and smoky chili filled with fresh tomatoes, corn, black beans, and served with zucchini noodles. This smoky chipotle zucchini noodle chili is so delicious and the perfect fall comfort food.

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy October!

Now that it’s October, it finally feels like fall. We’ve had our first rain in almost half a year. And I am so ready to layer my clothes, wear knee high boots, and wrap myself in cozy plaid blanket scarves. I’m just not so sure I’m ready for shorter days and longer nights.

Of course, as it’s getting cooler with each passing day, I want something warm and comforting to indulge in, especially on gloomy, rainy days. Honestly, what could be cozier and more comforting than a bowl of hearty chili?

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, black beans, and smoky chipotle peppers and served with zucchini noodles, this chili is sooo perfect for fall meals.

I originally wanted to serve this bowl of chili with pasta, but I thought it might be too heavy of a meal. So instead of using pasta noodles, I substituted with zucchini noodles. That way you can have your hearty and comforting chili and sneak in a little vegetable too.

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

I am obsessed with chili in general. That might be why I have shared so many chili recipes over the years. Each one a different variation from the last. What I love most about chili is that you can make everything in a single pot. That means I don’t really have to worry about the cleaning process. I mean, I obviously love to cook. But the dishes that I end up with afterwards? Not so much. So one pot meals are always a plus for me, especially after a long day at work.

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

In a medium sized pot, add olive oil over low to medium heat and allow the olive oil to warm for about a minute. Next, add minced garlic, and cook until aromatic and golden. Add sliced onions, and cook until the onions have softened.

Now, add sweet corn and black beans to the pot. Pour in the vegetable broth. Add chipotle peppers, adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers, diced canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, oregano, all spice, cumin, thyme, and paprika. Stir until all the ingredients are combined.

As a side note, I love spicy foods so when I’m cooking for myself, I add the entire can of chipotle peppers to my pot of chili. But for the purpose of this chili, add a couple of chipotle peppers, test the level of spicyness, and then adjust the spicy level to your taste buds.

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Allow the chili to simmer and thicken for about 20 minutes.

When ready to serve the chili, add zucchini noodles into a bowl. Ladle hot chili over the zucchini noodles and let the heat from the chili to cook the zucchini noodles.

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Serve the smoky chipotle zucchini noodle chili garnished with finely chopped parsley or cilantro as desired.

Enjoy!

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili | Cooking with a Wallflower

Smoky Chipotle Zucchini Noodle Chili
 
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Spicy and smoky chili filled with fresh tomatoes, corn, black beans, and served with zucchini noodles. This smoky chipotle zucchini noodle chili is so delicious and the perfect fall comfort food.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 - 15 ounce can black beans
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ -1/2 - 7 ounce can chipotle peppers
  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 - 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 - 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 medium sized zucchini, spiralized
  • Finely chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish
Directions:
  1. In a medium sized pot, add olive oil over low to medium heat and allow the olive oil to warm for about a minute. Next, add minced garlic, and cook until aromatic and golden. Add sliced onions, and cook until the onions have softened.
  2. Now, add sweet corn and black beans to the pot. Pour in the vegetable broth. Add chipotle peppers, adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers, diced canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, oregano, all spice, cumin, thyme, and paprika. Stir until all the ingredients are combined.
  3. As a side note, I love spicy foods so when I’m cooking for myself, I add the entire can of chipotle peppers to my pot of chili. But for the purpose of this chili, add a couple of chipotle peppers, test the level of spicyness, and then adjust the spicy level to your taste buds.
  4. Allow the chili to simmer and thicken for about 20 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve the chili, add zucchini noodles into a bowl. Ladle hot chili over the zucchini noodles and let the heat from the chili to cook the zucchini noodles.
  6. Serve the smoky chipotle zucchini noodle chili garnished with finely chopped parsley or cilantro as desired.

 

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