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Flo's Hearty Vegetable Chili Recipe

Updated on February 15, 2018
Set for the winter
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As summer turns into autumn, the leaves change color and fall from the trees. The cool winds blow and I begin to think of comfort foods that will warm the body and soothe the soul. Nothing does that better than a hearty bowl of spicy vegetable chili.

Years ago I discovered that people often have surplus in their gardens and are willing to share with anyone who wants their extra produce. I was only too willing to take what I could because fresh-from-the-garden vegetables are so healthy and nourishing. The earthy smell takes me back to when I was a child and we had an acre of vegetable garden which we harvested, canned, pickled and froze for the winter ahead. As an adult, I lived in an apartment and did not have the option of a full garden so welcomed any garden surplus friends wanted to share.

So, as all those wonderful vegetables lay before me, I wondered what I could make that would last through the winter—Flo’s Hearty Vegetable Chili was born. I made a couple of large batches and froze them in jars so it was there anytime I wanted some to quickly reheat on a cold winter day.

Now I want to share this recipe with all of you to enjoy—pour some into a big bowl, sprinkle on some cheese and dig in!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tblsp Olive Oil
  • 3 medium red, yellow and orange peppers, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium yellow or butternut squash, diced
  • 1/2 turnip, diced
  • 2 pkgs chili seasoning
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes with herbs and spices
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 2 cans green chilies
  • 2 or more jalepenos, finely chopped
  • 2 cups corn kernels

Instructions

  1. On medium heat, sauté garlic with the red/green/yellow and jalapeño peppers in oil.
  2. Add zucchini, squash, turnip, chili seasoning and sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes with liquid, beans, green chilies, and corn; heat to boiling and then reduce heat.
  4. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      I realize that purists say it violates the laws of the universe but I like beans and meat in my chili.

      Still, if the food has garlic and olive oil in it I am in!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      stessily...thanks! I sure hope you enjoy the recipe. It is the time of year to start making the warming dishes and this one is very good as it freezes wonderfully to enjoy on a wintery cold day.

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      stessily 

      6 years ago

      FloBe: Reading this recipe just warmed me on a brisk day. I love incorporating yellow squash, butternut squash, and turnips into every possible recipe.

      Thank you for sharing this recipe which I look forward to making and enjoying.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      howcurecancer...You won't be disappointed! Enjoy.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 

      7 years ago

      Interesting, I give it a try.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      vocalcoach...I hope you truly enjoy this recipe! It's healthy and delicious. Let me know how it goes :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you so much for sharing this absolutely delicious sounding vegetable chili. I can haardly wait to try it!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      acaetnna...glad to be of help! Hope you enjoy it.

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      acaetnna 

      7 years ago from Guildford

      I am always on the hunt for great recipes and this one I shall definitely try. Bookmarking it now so thank you so much - supper tomorrow solved!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      stephhicks68...please let me know how you like the recipe...glad you came by!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Yum - I am truly bookmarking this for this week. Love chili and eating vegetarian is one of my priorities! Cheers, Steph

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      J. McCoy...enjoy the chili! And thanks for the wishes. Hope you enjoy your day.

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      J. McCoy 

      7 years ago from CA (originally)

      It sounds really good! Congrats, too!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Pamela99...thanks so much :) Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the chili!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Congratulations on your win. I love the recipe, so thank you.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Silva...glad you stopped by.

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      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Congratulations!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      thank you, Ipeoney, appreciate your comment. I was quite surprised to win, actually, but am honored to be chosen. Have a wonderful day.

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      Ipeoney 

      7 years ago from USA

      congratulations for the win- cooking category hubnugget

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      sim0n30, so glad you stopped by...I'm sure you'll enjoy the recipe!

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      sim0n30 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      My wife is a vegetarian she will love this recipe, and by the sounds of it i will too!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Fiddleman, hope you enjoy the chili :)

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      Fiddleman 

      8 years ago

      A wonderful recipe and healthy too. Thanks for sharing.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      thanks Peggy, it came as a surprise...a pleasant one, nonetheless. Enjoy the recipe!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds delicious and healthy to boot. What could be better? Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awesome, thank you for nominating me as a Hubnugget Wannabe :) Hope everyone enjoys the recipe!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Ooohhhh...now I have a new vegetable recipe to try and with chili's too! Thank you for sharing FloBe!

      Now it's your turn to enjoy the limelight! This hub is a Hubnuggets nominee! I would like to say it again. This hub is a Hubnuggets nominee! Whhheeeee!!! Yes, here goes the link for the Hubnuggets in Wonderland: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/HubNuggets-in-...

      Do cook for us please heheheh

      Love from ripple-whitequeen and the Hubnuggets Team :)

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for stopping by Lady_E. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A nice, healthy recipe - Very creative.

      Thanks for sharing it.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Do you have a garden of your own? I hope you enjoy the recipe, coffeesnob :)

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      coffeesnob 

      8 years ago

      looking forward to this one in my chili pot!

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hope you guys have great fun, DavePrice! Enjoy the chili too and yes, please let me know how you like it!

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      DavePrice 

      8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Ah Flo, you wouldn't believe it - I found this just at the right time - I've got a dozen of my son's college friends coming over tomorrow - Sun 10/10 - and I went online looking for a good chili recipe; found a Hub email about you, looked it up first, and there was your recipe. Gonna feed it to them tomorrow; let you know how it goes.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Enjoy, Quill...let me know how you and Mrs. Quill like it :)

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Cooler days are coming and yes comfort food is an essential here on the prairies... bet you could barely tell this was all veggies.. have copied it and will be running the official test.

      Blessings and Hugs

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Nina, hope you enjoy it!

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      Nina 

      8 years ago

      Hi Flo...I copy your recipe and I will certainly try one day like on the weekend...so I will certainly let you know...thanks for sharing ...Have a great day!

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