And so begins VeganMoFo (Vegan Month of Food)! I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this event. If you are not familiar with “the mofo” as I refer to it, it is a month long event where tons of bloggers post about all things vegan. I have heard about it for a few years now and this is my first year participating as one of the bloggers!
I hope that my non-vegan followers stay aboard as I bring Fall Comfort Foods, all. month. long.
Today I bring you what I consider to be the dish that signals the start of Fall in my mind. A good hearty chili. And what is chili without a cinnamon roll?
Ok, I know some of you are completely agreeing with me right now. You get it. You grew up eating chili and cinnamon rolls your whole life and in your mind they just go together. But the rest of you are sitting here reading this and saying “what the…? Chili and cinnamon rolls? Are you freaking crazy?” No. Well not completely.
You see, growing up where I grew up (which is in Kansas) this is a very common meal. In fact, it is on most school lunch menus. Chili day was always the best school lunch day. Because without fail every “chili day” at school was accompanied by a warm gooey cinnamon roll. And this isn’t really considered a dessert. It is more of a side dish.
I do have to say to those of you who have never heard of this combination and are asking yourself “so do you pour the chili over the cinnamon roll?” The answer for most people is no. They are two separate items eaten in the same meal that compliment each other in the best way possible.
But for me, the answer is: kind of. I am kind of obsessed with the contrasts of the spicy and sweet. And I literally throw my cinnamon roll into the bowl and devour them together. STOP JUDGING ME! It is amazing.
Today I bring you my favorite chili I have made to date. And I have made A LOT of chili. There are a few ingredients that make this chili incredibly awesome. Cinnamon, a touch of cocoa powder, balsamic vinegar, and pumpkin. My sister introduced me to adding pumpkin to chili a few years ago and I never leave it out anymore. The pumpkin really doesn’t add a pumpkin flavor, it just makes it incredibly thick and creamy. Even if you don’t like pumpkin, give it a try! It only ups the nutritious and delicious factors. Tomorrow I will bring you the recipe for these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls!