This chili is especially flavorful if made 1-2 days in advance as this allows the flavors to develop.
To prepare using local, frozen ingredients similar to the schools, use frozen Snopac vegetables in the same quantities listed above. These are available at area grocery stores including Woodman's, Festival Foods and the People's Food Co-op.
Some districts will also serve this chili with local ground beef or pork. To add this step, simply cook your ground meat thoroughly in a large pot, then set it aside, wipe out the pot and begin with step 1.
This recipe is very adaptable! Add other vegetables to mix it up, or try adding a little cayenne pepper for a spicy kick!