This has become a comfort favorite for my family. If you cook the diced tomatoes down for a while it gets a tomato soup-type flavor so I found that grilled cheese goes great with it. The uncooked olive oil that goes in the pesto brings on an amazing flavor when you take a bite so I use more oil in the pesto and oil less for sautéeing the carrots and onions.
Not chili, but a tasty bean soup.
This chili is tasty, healthy, and unique! I haven't made the pesto, but have served it with semi-homemade, ranch-style, small soup crackers and it was delicious!!
My whole family enjoyed this chili. I disagree with the comment from Jemels, freshly chopped parsley and raw garlic with the pine nuts is the way to go. It's very delicious and I felt the fresh pesto topper is what made it so wonderful.
This is DELICIOUS! I wouldn't call it chili - more like a bean soup stocked full of beans. One money saving tip - just buy a small jar of pesto and put a spoonful on top. The pesto is necessary as it definitely does enhance the soup.
LOVED this chili!!! My husband and daughter both said it was a definite "make again." The pesto was delicious and I served it with a loaf of sourdough warmed up in the oven. So easy and so yummy...