Italian Style Chili (Vegetarian)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a recipe from my best friends Italian mother. I have made it with her before so I know what's in it and approximate quantities. It is different than my mothers chili but I have grown to love it. The whole garlic cloves may seem strange at first but it really makes it special and has become my favorite part of the meal. LEAVE THEM WHOLE! There is a variation to this recipe : use 2 cans of beans OR 1 can of beans and 2 crumbled soy burgers. (I prefer the soy burger version). I added the corn option because I LOVE this chili with corn, but it was not part of the recipe (recommended though!). Served over brown (or white) rice this is a simple, healthy dinner you can serve to anyone. Freezes great and keeps awhile that way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Warm olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic cloves and green pepper. Saute for about 8 minutes and then add kidney beans, stewed tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, cumin, worcestershire, corn and hot sauce. Simmer for about an hour until thickened and flavors have melded. Season if necessary. Serve over rice.
  2. *VARIATION : if using ground soy burger, saute it in the beginning with the onion/garlic/pepper combo.


Most Helpful

This was so good. I really enjoyed it. I used a medium sized onion. I also think it made good for refrigerating and reheating.

Studentchef September 24, 2009

sounded good so I stuck to the recipe precisely. Guests couldn't taste anything but garlic dinner was a bust!

Magus Don Schneider December 20, 2008

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