Vegetarian Chili (so good it fooled meat eaters)

stephanie tate


This chili is so good that I fooled a bunch of meat eaters at a party. They were raving about how good it was and I finally broke the news.

This is a family favorite and make it pretty regularly.

On the stove it's done in less than 1.5 hours. You can also do this in a slow cooker. Follow the first step and then reduce the heat to low and cook for 8 hours. Finish the recipe the same way.


★★★★★ 2 votes

8 to 10
20 Min
1 Hr


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2 Tbsp
olive oil
1 medium
carrot, chopped
stalks of celery chopped
1 medium
green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium
red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 clove
garlic, minced
jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 tsp
1 Tbsp
oregano, dried
1 Tbsp
chili powder
1 c
tomato puree
1 can(s)
28 oz can chopped tomatoes
2 qt
no chicken stock (you can use vegetable stock if you can't find no chicken stock)
1 can(s)
red kidney beans (rinsed)
1 can(s)
black beans (rinsed)
1 pkg
vegetarian meat crumbles (i prefer quorn)
1 can(s)
cannellini beans (rined)
limes, juiced
1/2 c
tamari or soy sauce
1 bunch
fresh cilantro minced
additional chili powder, salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Vegetarian Chili (so good it fooled meat eaters)


  • 1Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium heat, and saute the onion, carrots, celery, pepper, garlic, jalapeno, oregano, cumin, and chili powder for about 5 minutes to combine well.
  • 2Add the tomato puree, tomatoes, stock, and beans. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 50 minutes until vegetables are soft but still retain some firmness. Add additional stock or tomato juice to adjust the consistency if needed.
  • 3In a separate frying pan brown the vegetarian meat crumbles with salt and pepper.
  • 4To finish the chili add the vegetarian crumbles, tamari, lime juice and cilantro. Adjust the seasonings as needed. I find that I add a little extra chili powder and salt and pepper. Serve with plain yoghurt or sour cream, grated cheddar, and minced scallions.

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About Vegetarian Chili (so good it fooled meat eaters)

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Chili
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: Chili
Other Tag: Healthy

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