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Super easy and with tremendous flavor this Vegetarian Chili Recipe is a family hit! Smokey, filling and ready in 30 minutes this recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner.

Close up of garnished bowl of the Vegetarian Chili Recipe.

I love cooking meatless sometimes. A lot of people do realize that dishes can be absolutely amazing if they don’t contain meat and this Vegetarian Chili Recipe is one of them.

We are not vegetarians and we do love meat, but we do love some vegetarian meals that we have made over the years. 

This chili is packed with a variety of flavors that you will immediately fall in love with. You would never think that eating a meatless chili could be so good!

Trust me, my friends, it is good and that is the beauty of testing new dishes that you wouldn’t think about trying, this is one I highly encourage you to try!

It has all your favorite flavors of a normal chili recipe, it is comforting, easy fun, and super flavorful. This has won over even the pickiest of eaters.

If you’re looking for that perfect meatless meal that you can make then you have to make my Vegetarian Chili Recipe!

Some of my other favorite meatless recipes we have on our site include: Vegetarian Taco Soup, Lentil Burger Sliders and Cauliflower Buffalo Wings.

Close up in pot of fininshed Chili with woodenn spoon.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • With a variety of ingredients and spices, it is full of flavor.
  • This makes a large batch but you can double or half it if you’d like.
  • You can add meat to this recipe if you’d like.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Olive oil
Carrots
Red onion
Red bell peppers
Garlic
Jalapeno pepper
Kidney beans
Black beans
Chickpeas
Crushed tomatoes
Chipotle sauce
Smoked paprika
Dried oregano
Chili flakes
Ground cumin
Water

Ingredients needed to make a Vegetarian Chilii Recipe.

HOW TO MAKE VEGETARIAN CHILI:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add chopped carrot and sauté for a minute or two until lightly golden. 
  2. Add chopped onion with chopped red bell pepper and sauté until onion is translucent and the pepper is tender. 
  3. Then add chopped garlic and sliced jalapeno. Stir for one more minute to be fragrant.
  4. Add canned beans and chickpeas, crushed tomato, chipotle sauce, smoked paprika, dried oregano, chili flakes, cumin, and water. 
  5. Stir to combine and simmer for 20 minutes until liquid is reduced and flavors are well combined.
  6. Serve into individual bowls and top with your favorite garnishes or use as a filling for Mexican tortillas, burritos, or enchiladas!

Step by step photos on how to make a Vegetarian Chili Recipe.

CAN I MAKE THIS SPICIER OR LESS SPICY?

If you are a huge fan of spice then you can absolutely add some more chili flakes in this recipe, I would taste as you go to make sure that your spice level is achieved.

If you want it to be less spicy you can leave out the chili flakes and the jalapeno if you want, or just one or another. The jalapeno seeds are removed so it is less spicy but will still add spice.

WHAT CAN I TOP THIS WITH?

You can top this Vegetarian Chili Recipe with any of your regular favorite chili toppings, some of our favorites include:

  1. Lime juice
  2. Sliced jalapenos
  3. Sliced avocado
  4. Sour cream
  5. Shredded cheese
  6. Fresh cilantro or parsley
  7. Tortilla chips

Overhead of the Vegetarian Chili Recipe in bowl with garnishes.

HOW TO STORE:

This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. 

This can also be frozen, we like to store it in freezer bags after it has cooled. Place in the freezer and it will keep for up to 4 months.

To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in pan on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • This is a great make-ahead meal.
  • This can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • If you want this spicier you can add more chili flakes.
  • If you want it less spicy you can omit the chili flakes and the jalapeno or one or the other.
  • This can be doubled to serve a large group or stored for later.
  • Top with any of your favorite chili toppings, I’ve listed some above.
  • Meat can be added to this recipe if you’d like, beef, turkey, steak would all be delicious.

Vegetarian Chili Recipe in bowl with garnishes and garnishes around bowl.

Looking for that perfect meatless meal for dinnertime? You absolutely cannot go wrong with this Vegetarian Chili Recipe!

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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Super easy and with tremendous flavor this Vegetarian Chili Recipe is a family hit! Smokey, filling and ready in 30 minutes this recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner.
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add chopped carrot and sauté for a minute or two until lightly golden.
  • Add chopped onion with chopped red bell pepper and sauté until onion is translucent and the pepper is tender.
  • Then add chopped garlic and sliced jalapeno. Stir for one more minute to be fragrant.
  • Add canned beans and chickpeas, crushed tomato, chipotle sauce, smoked paprika, dried oregano, chili flakes, cumin, and water.
  • Stir to combine and simmer for 20 minutes until liquid is reduced and flavors are well combined.
  • Serve into individual bowls and top with your favorite garnishes or use as a filling for Mexican tortillas, burritos, or enchiladas!

Notes

  1. This is a great make-ahead meal.
  2. This can be frozen, see my tips above.
  3. If you want this spicier you can add more chili flakes.
  4. If you want it less spicier you can omit the chili flakes and the jalapeno or one or the other.
  5. This can be doubled to serve a large group or stored for later.
  6. Top with any of your favorite chili toppings, I've listed some above.
  7. Meat can be added to this recipe if you'd like, beef, turkey, steak would all be delicious.

Nutrition

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2275mg | Potassium: 1420mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 5651IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 9mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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