Vegetarian Chili

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
20 min 40 min 6
Vegetarian Chili
Health Highlights
With creamy beans, tender vegetables, and stewed tomatoes, this hearty vegetarian chili provides all the satisfaction of traditional beef chili.


2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 medium Red onion (chopped)
1 large pepper(s) Red bell pepper (chopped)
2 medium Carrots (chopped)
2 medium stalk(s) Celery (chopped)
1 dash Salt
4 clove(s) Garlic (pressed or minced)
2 tbsp Chili powder
2 tsp Cumin
1 1/2 tsp Paprika, smoked
1 tsp Oregano, dried
1 can(s) (28oz) Diced tomatoes, low sodium, canned
2 can (15oz) Black beans, canned (rinsed and drained)
1 can(s) (15oz) Pinto beans, canned (rinsed and drained)
2 cup Vegetable stock/broth, low sodium (or water)
1 leaf Bay leaf
2 tbsp Cilantro (coriander) (chopped; more for garnish if desired)
1 whole lime(s) Lime juice (fresh) (can use sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar, to taste)
1 dash Salt


  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil until simmering. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, carrot, celery, and salt. Stir to combine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the onion is translucent (about 7 to 10 minutes).
  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and oregano. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and their juices, the drained and rinsed black beans, and pinto beans, vegetable broth, and bay leaf. Stir to combine and let the mixture come to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally and reducing heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, for 30 minutes. Remove the chili from the heat.
  4. For the best texture and flavor, transfer 1 ½ cups of the chili to a blender, making sure to get some of the liquid, and blend until smooth (watch out for hot steam). Add the blended mixture back into the pot and stir to combine.
  5. Add the chopped cilantro, stir to blend, and then mix in the lime juice (or vinegar) and add salt, to taste.
  6. Divide the mixture into individual bowls and serve with garnishes of your choice.


Garnish Options:

  • Sliced avocado, Tortilla chips, Sour cream, crème fraîche, or plain Greek yogurt, Grated cheddar or dairy-free cheese, Chopped green onion, or Thinly sliced jalapeno 

Storage Instructions:

  • This chili will keep well in the refrigerator for about 4 days or you can freeze it for longer-term storage.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 301
Calories from fat 57
Calories from saturated fat 9.3
Total Fat 6.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.3 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 1029 mg
Potassium 1345 mg
Total Carbohydrate 55 g
Dietary Fiber 19.5 g
Sugars 4.4 g
Protein 16.2 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Meat Alternative 1.2
Vegetables 4.1

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