1/3 cup oil
3 med. onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
2 lbs. tofu chunks
2 T. each ground red chilis, cumin, oregano
1 bay leaf
salt to taste
2 c. water
2 28 oz. cans tomatos
6 oz. can tomato paste
2 cans. kidney beans
Saute first five ingredients in oil until limp. Add tofu and saute
until browned. Mix the spices together in a bowl and sprinkle into
the pot. Mix thoroughly. Add water, tomatoes and tomato paste.
Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring
occasionally. If desired, at this point, add the kidney beans.
Taste and correct seasoning. The addition of 1 tsp. to 1 T. of
cayenne pepper can make this gradually more spicy. As the recipe
reads, it's fairly tame.
NOTE: The ground chilis are NOT chili powder. Most chili powder
is made up of a combination of chilis, oregano, cumin, salt and
garlic. If chili powder is all you can find, then you will have
to readjust the cumin and oregano amounts.