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Easy Vegetarian Chili

Easy Vegetarian Chili

Super Bowl XLV is less than a week away. Even if you aren’t a Steelers or Packers fan, you can still enjoy Super Bowl Sunday. Good food and friends make the day fun and the television commercials are always entertaining. We are having friends over to watch the big game and of course there will be a big spread of food. Today we are sharing some of our all time favorite Super Bowl recipes and a new favorite, Easy Vegetarian Chili.

Vegetarians and meat lovers will enjoy this chili. It is hearty, filling, and easy to prepare. You can even make this chili recipe the day before so you don’t have to fuss with it on game day. Just reheat it on the stove when you are ready. This vegetarian chili is very satisfying.  It will fill you up all by itself, but we always like to serve it with tortilla chips or corn muffins.

If you are looking for other football friendly recipes, here are a few of our favorites:

Enjoy the game!

Easy Vegetarian Chili

Yield: Serves 6

This vegetarian chili is easy to make and will warm you up on a cold day! It freezes well too, so double the batch and save some for later!


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, diced, seeds removed
3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until light brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add carrot, celery, peppers, and jalapeno. Cook for five minutes, or until vegetables are soft.

2. Stir in diced tomatoes, beans, and water. Season chili with cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir and let chili simmer for 30 minutes. Stir chili frequently so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Serve hot.

*Note-serve with chips or cornbread, if desired. This chili also freezes beautifully.

If you like this Easy Vegetarian Chili, you might also like:

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod
Spicy Vegetarian Chili from Simply Recipes
Smoky Black Bean & Corn Vegetarian Chili from Cookin’ Canuck
Three Bean Vegetarian Chili from Pinch My Salt

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75 Responses to “Easy Vegetarian Chili”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — January 31, 2011 @ 4:11 am

    Nothing beats a delicious bowl of chili!

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 31, 2011 @ 4:42 am

    This is the perfect weather for chili! Looks delicious :)

  3. Erica — January 31, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    Chili is such a great super bowl/football food! You make a big pot and feed lots of people and you can mix up the ingredients based on what you have on hand. And chips or cornbread are very necessary for dunking :)

  4. Heather (heather's dish) — January 31, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    actually love vegetarian chili…and the snow this week will be perfect for it!

  5. Eliz@The Sweet Life — January 31, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    what a great sounding recipe–and beautiful photos, yet again!

  6. Amanda — January 31, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    Looks good to me! Even as the meat loving girl I am! :)

  7. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — January 31, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    I need to make chili ASAP!

  8. Jenny Flake — January 31, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    LOVE a good vegetarian chili, looks great girl!! Have a great week… home :)

  9. Lucy Lean — January 31, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    Love that you have all those healthy veggies and beans in this – perfect for snowy weather too

  10. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 31, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    We all love a big bowl of chili, especially when it is this cold!

  11. Allison [Haute Box] — January 31, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    I love chili, especially during the winter. Thanks for posting this, Maria!

  12. marla {family fresh cooking} — January 31, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Great veggie chili today! Perfect for Meatless Mondays too :)

  13. Vicky (eat live spin) — January 31, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    I am going to try this recipe!
    I also have a great veggie chili except now I add 3-4 tablespoons of chili powder.

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  15. Lauren from Lauren's Latest — January 31, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    I love making vegetarian chili because you hardly notice the meat it gone because it’s still so hearty!

  16. Tracey — January 31, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Great recipe Maria – I can’t wait for all of the Super Bowl food :)

  17. susan — January 31, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    we love a good chili in our house and i love that this one is packed with tons of protein!

  18. Jennifer (Savor) — January 31, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Love vegetarian chili (husband wishes I put meat in it!)

  19. Tracy — January 31, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Great meal for Super Bowl weekend! Yum!

  20. Shaina — January 31, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    We’ll be making chili for the Super Bowl, too!

  21. Jeanette — January 31, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    What a nice vegetarian chili recipe! Perfect for Superbowl!

  22. kat — January 31, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I have to say chili is our go-to winter dish & I love all the variation with & without meat.

  23. What a wonderful, warm and delicious looking chili. I always go for meat in mine, but this vegetarian chili is bound to be just as good. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to try something new!

  24. carrian — January 31, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    sounds so hearty and healthier too!!

  25. Joanne — January 31, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    In my opinion, a good veg chili is WAY better than a good meat chili! This looks wonderful.

  26. Amanda Rock — January 31, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    that looks delicious!!

  27. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 31, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Yum! I enjoy making vegetarian chili… Perfect for cold weather.

  28. Cookin' Canuck — January 31, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    We love vegetarian chili at our house. This would be perfect for game day.

  29. Shelby — January 31, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    I love vegetarian chili and this looks delicious!

  30. Amanda R — January 31, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    I wonder if my boys will notice that their chili is vegetarian when I sneak this to them….

  31. Molly Chester — January 31, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    Yum! This looks good…

  32. Prerna@IndianSimmer — January 31, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    I always keep my eyes open for a vegetarian chili recipe and this one is perfect for the weather! This chili just reminded me of rajma a similar curry that we make with beans in it.

  33. Amelia — January 31, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    Looks delish! I also love to add diced sweet potato and chipotle canned in adobo to my veggie chili — adds a sweet & smoky taste. Perfect served with a healthy version of cheddar cornbread:

  34. Sara — January 31, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    I love chilli and this vegetarian version is perfect for our meatless mondays dinners! Thanks for sharing and I Love your gorgeous blog! :)

  35. Katrina — February 1, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    Thanks for the post! This DOES look easy :)

  36. megan — February 1, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Chili is perfect for this weekend. Great roundup!

  37. Eliana — February 1, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    Hmmm – this looks incrediblt delicious and like I would never miss the meat.

  38. Marly — February 1, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    You know I love veggie chili and this looks right up our alley! Lots of good for your ingredients! Thanks!

  39. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — February 1, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    This vegetarian chili is showing up at the perfect time! I was just thinking about filling and hearty vegetarian meals I could get my husband to love and chili was right up there.

  40. Mary — February 1, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    This is a lovely chili. Maria. It sounds delicious. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

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