Easy-To-Get-Your-5-A-Day Vegetarian Chilli

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

Vegetarian food to me up till this point has been pretty bland (plain steamed veggies) or super unhealthy (fried anything). This chilli is very satisfying and filling, and has the benefit of being healthy and delicious! The colors are gorgeous in the pot also. Sub in your favorite vegetables or beans to suit your taste or the season, or indeed, add meat, though I can't see you would need any animals here. I use Chugwater Chilli Mix (a spice mix with chili powder, garlic, spices and masa harina - try it if you can it is FABULOUS) but have tried to recreate the seasonings here. I am not insane by suggesting 1 can crushed tomatoes and 1 can whole, I just like the texture of the whole tomatoes better. The crushed tend to be too runny for my taste. Use one or the other, if that is all you have. All measurements are approximate.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Coat bottom of stockpot with oil.
  2. Add onions, garlic, peppers, carrots, zucchini, and corn to the oil and stir to coat.
  3. Sauté veggies till soft, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes on medium high.
  4. Add spices to the veggies and stir to coat. Let cook for a minute.
  5. Add both kinds of tomatoes and the beans to the pot. Fill one of the cans with water and add that to the pot.
  6. Give it a good stir. Check the seasonings and adjust if needed.
  7. Leave it alone for at least 30 minutes to cook; longer is better. If cooking longer, reduce heat to low and let it simmer the day away on the stove.
  8. Tastes even better the next day! This could probably be adapted for crock pot cooking or OAMC also.
  9. Serve with sour cream, cheese, bread, whatever you like.


Most Helpful

Although this was quite different to my usual veggie chilli recipe and tasted very different too, it was delicious and I shall be making it again. I too was a little sceptical of the grated carrot idea but it really worked well. I halved the recipe but otherwise followed it faithfully. I notice one other reviewer mentioned adding ground turkey 'for protein'. That's fine if it is a matter of taste, but the kidney beans are a perfectly good alternative protein so there is no need from a nutritional point of view.

Ambrosia 2009 May 18, 2010

Am always looking for tasty, meatless dishes and am delighted with this one. I used just 1 Tbls cumin and did not add the red pepper flakes or the cinnamon. Cooked on high in crockpot for about 5 hours. This is definitely a keeper!

Okra July 11, 2006

Delicious! My vegan son said it was a top 5 recipe (that is high praise from him!). I didn't add the carrots (I didn't have any), but didn't make any other changes to the recipe. The pinch of cinnamon added a nice middle eastern taste to the chili, and was a welcome change. I suggest that others don't leave it out, it is a great addition!

landlocked #2 May 25, 2016

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