My friend Lindsey is a vegetarian. She is always sharing her recipes with me, as I love veggies myself. I made this chili on the stove top, then poured it into my crock pot and simmered it for about 4 hours. It was wonderful. I served it to some of my male friends & they loved it, even with the absence of meat! I used my mini electric chopper and chopped the veggies pretty fine.