Eggplant, Black Bean Vegetable Chili

Easy to make and so delicious!

Ingredients

1 med. eggplant, peeled & cut into 1/4-inch cubes (I used the last one from my garden!)
1 tbsp. coarse (kosher) salt
1/2 c. olive oil
1 med. yellow onion, chopped
1 celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 cubanelle pepper, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (or green/yellow)
1 jalapeno, minced
3 lg. cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
8 ripe plum tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes (or 1 can diced)
1-2 cups of  vegetable broth or chicken (I used homemade chicken stock)
1 c. chopped Italian parsley
1/2 c. chopped fresh basil leaves
3 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. turmeric
Salt to taste
2 c. cooked black beans (or 1 can, rinsed)
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/4 c. lemon juice
Sour cream (garnish)
Monterey Jack cheese, grated (garnish)
 
Directions
 
I put the first 9 ingredients into a large casserole and cooked for about 20 minutes over medium heat. I then added the tomatoes, broth and seasonings and cooked for another 30 minutes. And then I added the black beans, corn and lemon juice and cooked for another 20 minutes. 

~Based on a recipe from cooks.com