Vegetarian Bloody Mary Bean Chili
Chili is very forgiving; if it's too thick, add more liquid. If it's too runny, add tomato paste or another can of beans and simmer longer to cook off extra moisture. You can also just blend a cup or two of the chili in a blender and add it back to the pot!
Feel free to substitute tomato juice or V8(R) for the Bloody Mary mix. You can use 2 jalapeno peppers in place of the banana pepper. 1 tablespoon brown sugar can be used instead of the white sugar.
If you want to make this with meat, step 1 would be to brown 1 pound ground beef/turkey in the pot with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium or medium-low heat. When cooked, drain meat and set aside. Then follow this recipe as written. Keep in mind, if you add a pound of meat you will likely need to add another can of Bloody Mary mix or tomato juice, otherwise this recipe will be too thick.