Five Bean Chili In a Bread Bowl

Super easy chili recipe with optional bread bowl. Ten minutes of actual work, and an hour of waiting. Dress yours up with whatever you like.

Chick peas, kidney beans, black eye beans, lima beans, romano beans, onions, and tomatoes with chili powder, paprika, a bit of celery seed, thyme, garlic, black pepper, and worcestershire. Homemade bread bowl rolled in cracked black pepper and thyme.

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derek mah chili bread recipe

All measurements approximate. All attitudes lackadaisical. These are starter recipes to which you can add whatever you like. Food is art.

Five Bean Chili

2 medium onions chopped and browned
1000 ml cooked beans (roughly two cans)
500 ml crushed tomatoes (roughly one can)
4 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cracked black pepper
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp garlic powder (or three or four chopped garlic buds)
1 tsp mortared celery seed (or 250ml chopped celery hearts)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt to taste

  1. Chop onions.
  2. Brown onions covered in a layer of oil so that they are essentially deep-frying. Let them get nice and brown.
  3. Add everything else. Simmer as long as you can stand it.
  4. Garnish with whatever you like.
  5. Chow down.

Spice measurements can be adjusted to taste. The above mix results in a basic earthy flavour with a bit of lightness from the celery. Can be augmented with any mix of other veg, carb, meat, dairy, or whatever you have in the fridge.

Bread Bowl


500ml flour
200ml warm water
50 ml oil
1 tsp active yeast in 1/2 tsp sugar and 3 tsp warm water
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cracked black pepper
2 tsp dried thyme

  1. Get your yeast going.
  2. Add everything, knead until you are tired.
  3. Form into baseball sized balls.
  4. Let rise. Mine typically double in size in less than an hour. I think the one in the above picture was more like 30 – 40 minutes.
  5. Brush some water on top of your risen dough to make it a bit sticky, and sprinkle additional thyme and black pepper on top.
  6. Brush a bit of oil on top of your spices to hold them there.

Bake 20 – 25 minutes at 200°C or 400°F

Simple Bread Recipe for more on the whole bread making thing.

derek mah bread


Pro Process

  1. Get your yeast going;
  2. chop onions and get them frying while yeast bubbles;
  3. mix, knead, and shape bread into balls while onions brown;
  4. add remaining chili ingredients and simmer while bread rises;
  5. write a jaunty poem in your journal for thirty minutes or so;
  6. dress your bread and bake;
  7. cut and core cooled bread into bowls;
  8. scoop chili into bread bowls;
  9. garnish;
  10. read poem out loud while you chow down;
  11. second guess poem, bread, and chili, and decide how you will do them differently next time while still acknowledging this one turned out pretty good;
  12. there is no Step 12.

Have fun with this recipe! ?