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This flavorful, simple vegetarian chili boasts rich, hearty flavors with the perfect blend of spices, veggies, tomatoes, and beans. Your family will love this quick and easy dinner idea!
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This delicious vegetarian chili is a simple and quick spin on grandma’s old-fashioned chili with all the flavor of the traditional recipe but none of the meat! Onion, peppers, garlic, beans, spices, tomatoes and corn are part of this easy homemade comfort food favorite that is ready in just half an hour.

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ALSO TRY: Beef and Bean Chili | Sweet Potato Chili | White Bean Chicken Chili 


Vegetarian Chili Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 Green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 can (4 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 15.5-ounce cans hot chili beans
  • 2 16-ounce cans kidney beans
  • 1 15.25-ounce can corn

PRO TIP: If you want to thin out your chili and don’t let it too thick, you’ll also want to add some vegetable broth to your ingredients. You can add according to your preference! 

Additions and Substitutions

VEGGIES: You could add celery, carrots, parsnip, sweet potato, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, shallot, or scallions. If you love extra heat, you could add diced jalapenos or green chile peppers. 

BEANS: You could add garbanzo beans, black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, cannellini, or great Northern.

GRAINS: You could add quinoa, farro, barley, lentils, or rice. 

SPICES: You could add dried oregano, a bay leaf, cayenne pepper, or paprika for a smoky flavor.

How to Make Vegetarian Chili

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STEP ONE: Sauté onion, green and red bell peppers, and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft.

STEP TWO: Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and onion powder and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

STEP THREE: Add tomato sauce, chili beans, kidney beans, and corn. Stir well to combine.

How Long to Cook Vegetarian Chili

STEP FOUR: Bring chili to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

PRO TIP: You can also make this meal in your crockpot. Complete step one above and then add all ingredients into the slow cooker. Cook on high for two hours or on low for four hours. Yummy! 

What to Serve with Vegetarian Chili

TOPPINGS: Our favorites include cheese, sour cream, and avocado. You could also serve with fresh limes, cilantro or green onion. 

CARBS: Tortilla chips, saltine crackers, cheese biscuits, and homemade cornbread are the best. My grandma’s beer bread is another mealtime favorite! 

SIDES: Serve with a homemade Caeser salad, along with baked potatoes, or with pistachio pudding salad

Can You Freeze Vegetarian Chili?

Yes! It’s a great option to freeze in an airtight container for 2-3 months. I love using reusable plastic containers or pouring into a freezer-safe bag so it can freeze flat for easy storage and extra space inside the freezer. 

You can also assemble all the ingredients for this recipe in a freezer bag and freeze BEFORE cooking, which is my favorite way to freeze this meal. 

When it’s time to eat, just thaw and then cook! 

PRO TIP: It will last in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. 

How to Reheat Vegetarian Chili

STOVE: You can heat the entire pot over medium-low heat when you’re ready to serve.

PRO TIP: You might want to add a little veggie stock when reheating. 

MICROWAVE: Heat and serve individual portions using the microwave, which is great for lunch! 

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MORE CHILI: Instant Pot Chili | Keto Chili | Crockpot Chili | Turkey Chili 

COMFORT FOOD: Chili Cheese Dip | Chili Mac and Cheese | Chili Cheese Fries 

FOR DESSERT: Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna | Banana Pudding

Hearty, filling, and flavorful this easy homemade vegetarian chili is a delicious option when you’re craving comfort food. Like it’s traditional counterpart, this veggie-packed version boasts veggies, beans, and spices for a tasty and simple dinner. 

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Vegetarian Chili

5 from 1 vote
This flavorful, simple vegetarian chili boasts rich, hearty flavors with the perfect blend of spices, veggies, tomatoes, and beans. Your family will love this quick and easy dinner idea!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 Green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 can 4 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 15.5- ounce cans hot chili beans
  • 2 16- ounce cans kidney beans
  • 1 15.25- ounce can corn

Instructions
 

  • Sauté onion, green and red bell peppers, and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and onion powder and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  • Add tomato sauce, chili beans, kidney beans, and corn. Stir well to combine.
  • Bring chili to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1436mg | Potassium: 879mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 1508IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 5mg
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