Easy Vegetarian Chili

By Maria Lichty

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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!

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Easy Vegetarian Chili

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!
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  • 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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 🙂

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. My husband stopped eating beef a while back, which left me in something of a panic about how to get my beloved chili onto the dinner table. What a perfect, delicious solution you’ve offered here that’s sure to make both of us very happy indeed!

  8. I love this recipe. I want to try and make this soon. Maybe this week, I’ll come back with how it turned out!

  9. this chili is currently cooking on my stove……it smells great in here btw…..i did, however, make a few changes cuz i used what i had on hand……no red pepper, added only half a carrot, added a handful of feozen edamame, only one can of each beans, and includeda small can of green chilis and some hull-less barley and frozen pearl onions…….my teenage son just downed two bowls……can’t get much better than that….thanks for the inspiration

  10. Just made this. While it smells delicious, it is very spicy. Next time I will add less cumin and maybe only half a jalapeno.

  11. I made this chili last night and it was fantastic! Used crushed tomatoes instead of diced since I didn’t have any on hand. It was so easy to make and so flavorful! Absolutely love your recipes! Thanks for posting.

  12. I made this last night to a T and it came out PERFECT. It was so delicious and I cannot wait to make it again! Great recipe. Post to come soon on dawnbydawn.com

  13. Oooh, this looks amazing! One question: How many does it serve? I need to fee six hungry rowers. : )

    1. It feeds 6, but if they are big eaters, you might want to double it. Or serve cornbread and salad with it!

  14. Love this recipe ! Only thing I did different was add 1t. of cayenne pepper because I love it :). I was wondering if you by any chance know what the nutritional info/calories per serving of this chili is?

  15. I made this tonight and it was delicious! My husband loved it! And I love your website! Thanks for sharing your great recipes… Lisa (and Jose) 🙂

  16. This is the most delicious chili. We just scoured the web to find it again. Made it once before and just loved! Thanks for posting it!!! <3<3<3

  17. My son and I made the veggie chili this afternoon. Delicious! Only thing is that for those who enjoy their chili thicker, I’d add less water (maybe 1/2 cup instead of 2 cups). This recipe will definitely be on our regular rotation though! 🙂

  18. Love all your recipes! In charge of chili for a party-how would I modify this for a slow cooker? Would do your turkey one but has to be veg