Best Vegetarian Chili


Best Vegetarian Chili (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook)
Takes a good 1.5-2 hours start to finish (Minus overnight soak), but makes 6-8 adult meal portions!


1 pound (2 1/2-cups) dried beans, picked over and rinsed ( I use pinto, black, kidney mix)
2 dried ancho chiles + 2 dried New Mexican chiles OR 3-4 tbsp ready made chili powder (+/- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
1/2 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms, ground to powder
1.5 tbsp dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1 (28-ounce) can diced or crushed tomatoes