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Simple, Quick and Healthy One Person Meal Recipe: Vegetarian Chili

Updated on June 23, 2015

Simple, quick and healthy

I discovered simple, quick and healthy cooking through necessity. As a teacher, it is easy to find myself buried in unhealthy food with no time to cook. The trick for me has been finding tasty and fast meals. Though I am not vegetarian, I have fallen in love with tofu alternatives. Alternatives such as soy crumbles are easy and fast. I also like the texture and flavor. Give it a try to you might find a way of eating that keeps you as happy and healthy as I am.


Types of Chili Recipes

There are many different types of chili and it is good to know them in order to make your own chili recipes. My recipe is a vegetarian recipe which simply means it contains no meat. Here is an overview of other types of chili:

· Texas style chili: Believed to be the oldest style of chili, Texas chili is meaty and does not contain beans. One theory was that chili developed from cowboy culture in the 1840s. Another thought was that it came from Texas prisons.

· Cincinnati-style chili: Another no-bean chili, this recipe includes ingredients such as ground cloves, cinnamon and cumin.

· Mexican chili: Mexican style chili is very spicy and is often served over spaghetti or other noodles.



  • 4 oz Kidney Beans (canned, cooked)
  • 4 oz Soy Crumbles
  • 8oz Frozen Peppers
  • 1 can (14 oz) Canned Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons (or taste) Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp (optional) Salt

Soy Crumbles

Soy crumbles are a soy alternative to ground beef. They take on flavor and seasonings delightfully and have a chewy texture. Soy crumbles can be used in any recipe in place of ground beef or turkey. As a bonus, they are already cooked which means they can be easily thrown into a soup or sautéed. My favorite is made by Morning Star and can be purchased in Targets nationwide.


Canned Kidney Beans

Beans are another healthy protein. A member of the legume family, kidney beans are dark red, shaped like a kidney and also called chili beans. Buying them canned makes them a simple ingredient. Again, this protein takes seasoning well.


Frozen Peppers

Frozen Peppers are an easy way to brighten and flavor a meal. In this chili they really shine and the best part? All you have to do is add and stir!


Canned Tomatoes

Canned tomatoes are precooked and diced. When making chili, they create an easy base. My preference when making chili, is a Spicy Pepper flavored diced can of tomatoes.


Simple Seasoning

The seasoning for this chili are very basic. It does not take a lot of money to buy simple spices. I often buy store brand seasoings to cut costs. Garlic powder, onion powder, chili, salt and pepper are probably already in your cabnet.


Cook Time

Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 1 serving


  1. Open the can of tomatoes and simmer on the stove. Add seasonings.
  2. Mix in soy crumbles and stir for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in frozen peppers and stir for 5 minutes.
  4. When all ingredients are cooked, add in beans.
  5. Stir and simmer all ingredients. Taste and add more seasonings if desired.

Famous Chili Cookoffs

Chili competitions are held around the United States around the year. Here are five of the most famous chili cookoffs:

  1. World Chili Cookoff Championship: This is one of the most famous cookoffs with a grand prize of $25,000. It takes place each year in Omaha, Nebraska
  2. Bottle Hill Chili Cookoff: This famous cookoff takes place in Texas each year.
  3. Sunset Beach Chili Cookoff: A relatively new chili cookoff, this competition brings chili to the west coast each September.
  4. The Atlanta Chili Cookoff: Also held in September, this cookoff has been going strong since 1979 and is sponspored by Miller Lite Beer.
  5. Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cookoff: Held in Malibu, this cookoff includes a carnival and fair!


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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh i had seen these type of chillie beans recipes, yours is unique

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      This looks awesome. I wish i could taste this. Thanks for sharing this mouth watering recipe. Voted up.

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      KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      I like this recipe also slow cooked in a crockpot. I find this creates even more flavor :-)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A tasty recipe with some interesting information on it concerning the types of chili and chili cookoffs. I would like to try this vegetarian chili recipe soon. Thank you for introducing this yummy dish. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks sofs. I still find this recipe a classic and my friends are finding so many ways to make it their own.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Soy crumbles are excellent, healthy , protein rich alternative to meat... I use it often in dishes replacing meat.. great simple and easy dish. Thanks for sharing.

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is great, I love me a good veggie chili. I've never tried making one myself but now I'm going to! Thanks and voted up. :)

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      Recently Awakened 5 years ago

      Actually, I already went out and bought some yesterday. We shall see! :)

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      starstream, If I didn't work I would be all about Intricate Slow and ...well....Healthy food but who has time these days!

      Recently Awakened, I am glad you found this hub because soy crumbles are really delicious. I am not vegetarian and I prefer it to ground beef or turkey. Check it out!

      Teaches, I definitely love chili and it really helps that I can find healthy alteratives. Cininnati chili sounds yummy but I have not tried it. I will have to check out your recipe. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Love chili and you have mentioned some really great alternatives to the traditional recipe. I recently wrote an article on Cincinnati style chili, which is one of my favorites, and glad to see you have listed it as a good vegetarian choice. Enjoyed the read.

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      Recently Awakened 5 years ago

      This is some great info. I have never even heard of soy crumbles and I recently have gone vegan. Thanks!

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      I think this is my new motto too..Simple Quick and Healthy food. There is just too much waste and time loss in preparing complicated menus.