The Best Vegetarian Chili

It’s Lent and time for meatless meals, but this dish is really a spicy treat anytime of year. I’m really loving Muir Glen’s fire roasted tomatoes lately and am basing this dish on 3 cans of their crushed tomatoes.  Add peppers and chili with loads of beans and corn and you’re almost there. Today I’m trying vegetarian burger crumbles and with all the bright bold roasted tomato flavor it’s a winner. Adjust the spices to meet your family’s tastes. Need meat? Use low-fat beef or ground turkey.



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This is an easy dish that can be made ahead and even frozen.  It just gets better with time.  When you’re ready to dish it up, you can eat it plain or topped with cheese, Greek yogurt, or even green onion.  Serve with crackers, pita, or chips.







The Best Vegetarian Chili

Use organic when available, Serves 8


Best Vegetarian Chili

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword vegetarian, vegetarian chli
Servings 8


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 chopped cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 green bell peppers seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped
  • 2 four oz cans of chopped green chili peppers drained
  • 2 twelve oz packages of vegetarian burger crumbles
  • 3 28 oz. cans fire roasted crushed tomatoes with juice
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained  


  • Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat
  • Stir in the onion and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt
  • Cook until onion is tender
  • Stir in carrots, celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chili peppers
  • When vegetables are heated, add vegetarian crumbles and stir
  • Cover and reduce heat to low
  • Simmer for about 5 minutes
  • Add tomatoes and stir
  • Season with chili powder and pepper
  • Add kidney beans, garbanzo beans and black beans and stir
  • Raise temperature to medium and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes
  • Add corn, stir, and cook 5 minutes
  • Serve with shredded cheese, a tablespoon of yogurt,  crackers, or corn chips
















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25 thoughts to “The Best Vegetarian Chili”

  1. Looks like a really nice meal – we do two or three meat free days a week – and basically, it just feels normal.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

  2. This looks very tasty. My eldest is following Lent quite strictly this year and I have had to rethink all my meal plans. I was trying to think of veggie dishes but hadn’t considered chilli before now. Thanks for the inspiration! #MMBC

    1. Well I hope he likes beans because this recipe is packed with them. Let me know if you try it.

  3. I”m pinning this one to try very soon. My daughters are now vegans and Im choosing more and more vegetarian dishes for my meals, so this is just what I need! thanks for posting, found you on Hearth and Soul link party

    1. I tried to visit your blog but it’s marked private. I’m happy you like the recipe and I hope your daughters like it. It’s spicy!

  4. We’ve been looking for good veggie dishes or fish on Friday but I’m really trying to watch the red meat every day and this sounds very very tempting. I’m hoping cutting out the peppers is okay and I’ll let you know how it tastes when I try it. I never thought of putting yogurt on top but chili is one of the few dishes I like corn chips with.

  5. My youngest is veggie and I like to make him something he can take back to uni in tubs when he comes to visit. This is perfect. Pinning.

  6. Hi Carol, I do like meatless meals too and have been known to tell little white lies to pass them with the family. A chilli with all these ingredients would be easy to pass by them. It sounds a hearty and satisfying meal!


  7. Looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

  8. This looks like a delicious meatless option! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

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