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Vegetarian Chili

Updated on November 16, 2016

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Tired of all the vegetarian chili recipes saying things like 'light, low fat, and colorful?' That's not what chili is about; It's about comfort food and having something warm to eat with your freshly baked cornbread on a cold day. This chili is spicy, 'meaty' and delicious. Serve it to your non-vegetarian friends, and they'll think you started eating meat again.

Vegetarian Chili Recipe


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 finely cut jalapeno pepper
  • 1 medium chopped white onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable stock powder or 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces beer (regular or non-alcoholic)
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup ground meat substitute
  • 4 cloves pressed garlic


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan.
  2. When Boiling add the chopped jalapeno and onion.
  3. Cook until onions become clear.
  4. Add cumin, chili powder, paprika, cornmeal, sugar, oregano, cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon, white pepper, flour, cocoa, and broth seasoning.
  5. Cook until seasonings brown.
  6. Add all other ingredients.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes on high heat stirring constantly.
  8. Cover and let simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.


download your free printable recipe card

"This chili was excellent. The funny thing is I am not vergetarian. Everyone in my Family eats meat, but I thought I would try this recipe on them and not tell them it was veggie meat. We all agreed,

it was the best chili we ever had."

Cornbread Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 to 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Grease 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Combine milk, eggs, oil and butter in small bowl and mix well. Add to flour mixture and stir just until blended.
  3. Pour into baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean.
  4. For corn muffins, spoon batter into muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans.


Or if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try Jalapeno Corn Bread.

Beans and Cornbread

This is one of my favorite songs. It reminds me of that show "Dinner and a Movie" - my favorite hosts were Annabelle and Paul. :)

How do you like your chili?

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    • karen-stephens profile image


      5 years ago

      tempeh is NOT good for you.. but you can use organic walnuts

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      6 years ago

      use temph if you don't care for meat substitutes

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      6 years ago

      @Kathleen Hiler: I don't care for meat substitute's........I plan on using temph in this recipe

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      Kathleen Hiler 

      6 years ago

      what is ground meat substitute..sounded like it came in a pkg?

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      6 years ago

      Looks like a nice recipe! Quite hearty, indeed. Thanks for sharing, blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • Edwardjames81 profile image


      6 years ago

      Even though I am a meat eater I do sometimes make a 3 bean chilli as something a bit different, although it is not as elaborate as this. I can't wait to try out this recipe next time I am thinking of having a vegetarian chilli.

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      6 years ago

      love nalley chili in a can, makes a great bean dip where I add a lot of other things to it.

    • sousababy profile image


      6 years ago

      Love to try this vegetarian chili, thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe with us.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Yeah, sounds like something I actually would enjoy eating.

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      one more yummy veg recipe from you. going to try this vegetarian chili recipe. thanks.

    • fugeecat lm profile image

      fugeecat lm 

      7 years ago

      i've been wanting chili and i think i'll try this recipe.

    • MissBuffySpears profile image


      7 years ago

      Mmm - Chili - one of my favorites!!

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      Rachel J Singer 

      7 years ago

      I love chilli! Great recipie!

    • pheonix76 profile image


      7 years ago from WNY

      This looks so tasty!! I will definitely be trying this recipe (the cornbread looks good too) and have lensrolled your lens to my Why Veg? page!! Cheers.

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      7 years ago

      Interesting recipe. So many unusual ingredients. I am definitely curious.

    • ChrisDay LM profile image

      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Going to have to try this soon!

    • Yourshowman LM profile image

      Yourshowman LM 

      7 years ago

      Tasty Lens.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      Chili is really a spice, so as long as you get texture there is no need for meat in cili

    • artgoodman lm profile image

      artgoodman lm 

      7 years ago

      This looks delicious, I love that song for "Dinner and a Movie", it's been some time since I have heard it. Thanks for sharing this great lens

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      8 years ago

      I like my chili made with small red beans, tomato chunks, bell peppers, chili powder, paprika, nutritional yeast, coconut oil, sea salt. Medium consistency meaning not too thick, not too thin.

      (If you still eat wheat products it is good also with field roast veggie sausages cooked into it)

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      8 years ago

      You are making me Hungry and i will have to try this one also!!

    • Mrmakingusmile LM profile image

      Mrmakingusmile LM 

      8 years ago

      Yummy in the extreme!

    • Tiffany3 profile image


      8 years ago

      Yum! Need to try this.

    • Sensitive Fern profile image

      Sensitive Fern 

      8 years ago

      I like chili with meat but there's nothing wrong with meatless chili in my book. Nice that you have cornbread as a side. :)

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      I have a small kitchen and it makes cooking a drag. I am also not a vegetarian but this recipe looks perfect for my Auntie who is. Lovely Lens!

    • Twmarsh profile image


      8 years ago

      I like the looks of this dish. Thanks for including the printable recipe card!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      My baby girl loves chili but she hasn't had any since she became a vegetarian. I will have to try your recipe for her.

    • JJNW profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I how I have time to make tihis!

    • annieangel1 profile image


      8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I must try this one, looks yummy x

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      8 years ago

      I love chili, and don't miss the meat when its not there.

      Love a little chili with my crackers. Looks good!

    • toriphile81 profile image


      8 years ago

      I love wintertime because making vegetarian chili is so much fun! I will definitely add this one to my list. :)

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      8 years ago

      I like chili that's more savory than sweet. Broth-soaked TVP does well -- cheaper than Morningstar Farms.

    • Mayapearl profile image


      8 years ago

      I love chilli, the hotter the better. I make a wicked hot chilli chocolate, even introduced it to my daughter's cafe and her customers love it!

      I have not had a chance to try your chilli recipe but will do asap, it sounds delicious.

    • burgessvillian profile image


      8 years ago

      I accidentally put cinnamon in chili instead of chili powder and the kids loved it. They ate the whole pot. Great lens and I'll have to give it a try. I am a meat lover though.

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      8 years ago

      I personally like my chili spicy and with meat although I would be favorable to trying a vegetarian recipe. Don't hold it against me, but I don't but chocolate in my chili although I have found many of my readers do. That makes me wonder about that.

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      8 years ago

      I love a good hot chilli recipe. Your chilli recipe sounds delicious BTW!

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      One meal at a time...we are working towards eating healthy, making better choices. Thanks for this beautiful lens!

      This lens is featured (02-28-2010) on my blog : and is on my new site right now ;)

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      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow, vanilla in chili. Sounds great with cornbread. Welcome to

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      This looks delicious. I don't think my family would even know it was vegetarian. Will have to try it!

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      Clairwil LM 

      9 years ago

      I use a square of dark chocolate in my chili. Don't ask me how but it works!

    • kerbev profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      1 teaspoon ground cocoa - makes me curious.

    • papawu profile image


      9 years ago

      I am a consummate carnivore, so I am a little reluctant to try the meat substitute. The recipe sounds fantastic though and would definitely liketo try it. I am not a big bean person either though, preferring competition style chili. But, who knows, maybe I will this one. Great job.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      I love chili, vegetarian or otherwise.

      Great lens

      Thanks for sharing


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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yum, Heather! This sounds delicious and I will try it out this week. Husband loves chili...good job!

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      Julianne Gentile 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Thanks! I lensrolled you and featured you on the Veg HQ page.

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      Julianne Gentile 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Fantastic lens! 5* from me! I hope you will join the Vegetarians HQ!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

    • EpicFarms profile image


      9 years ago

      This looks wonderful ~ I think I'll have to try it out on my husband (and I won't tell him it's vegetarian either :o) Great job!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've noticed that a good many of these recipes are calling for cinnamon. This is new to me. Is this something new because it is healthy? Nice job on this lens. I love the recipe card.

    • verymary profile image


      9 years ago from Chicago area

      I like it spicy, with many toppings (sour cream, cheese, scallions, avocado, cilantro...). And my husband has gotten me into dipping Fritos into it. Like you said, it's comfort food! Fantastic lens--love the printable recipe card!! 5*****

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      This sounds delicious!

    • hlkljgk profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Western Mass

      [in reply to enslavedbyfaeries] i use regular beer... :)

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      9 years ago

      Oh yeah, I used to make a mean veggie chili... until Nalley made me lazy with their canned vegetarian version. I do miss the homemade kind and I'm giving your recipe a try! (I love Morningstar too.) Can I use regular beer in this recipe or does it have to be non-alcoholic?

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      9 years ago

      you making this for dinner tonite?

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      9 years ago

      Looks really good!

    • LakeMom profile image


      9 years ago

      I love mine in a crockpot! Start it in the morning and forget about it until dinner! Great lens!

    • hlkljgk profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Western Mass

      [in reply to Jimmie] yup, but you can always cut back on either... :)

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      With lots of beans and very spicy!


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