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Homemade Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Updated on January 15, 2015

Homemade Vegetarian Chili

This recipe for Vegetarian Chili is unlike any other I've had! It's super thick and chunky! It's full of beans, corn, onion, tomato, bell pepper, and chili pepper, and boy is it delicious! At least I think so. But don't take my word for it! Try it yourself!

Like your chili hot, or more on the mild side? That's fine. You can make it as spicy or as mild as you like!

Oh, and my favorite way to serve it is topped with fresh cut cilantro!

You'll find the recipe on this page. Enjoy!

Homemade Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Thick and Chunky Vegetarian Chili Recipe

It's quick, easy, and delicious!!

Thick and Chunky Vegetarian Chili


2 onions

1/2 red chili pepper (or to taste. Perhaps you'll want to use the whole chili!)

1 red bell pepper

1 16 oz can of red kidney beans (or two cups of cooked kidney beans)

1 15 oz can of black beans (or two cups of cooked black beans)

1/2 15.25 oz can of corn (Optional)

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 14.5 oz can of whole tomatoes

2 tsp Chili powder (or to taste)

1 tsp cumin (or to taste)

salt and pepper to taste (I use a grinder and just grind a little of both in, and then taste)

oil for sauteeing

Fresh Cilantro (Optional)


Chop the onions and begin sauteeing them in a covered skillet on medium heat. Stir frequently. While the onions are cooking, chop the bell pepper and red chili, add them to the skillet and continue cooking. When the onions are tender, add the chopped garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the tomato juice from the can of whole tomatoes into the skillet. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces (or if you prefer, whirl them in the food processor) and add them to the skillet. Add the beans and corn. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring often. (Add 1/4 cup or so of water, if needed.) Add salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder to taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired and serve!

Vegetarian Chili Variations

If you prefer your veggie chili to be soupier, use another can of whole tomatoes (or more fresh tomatoes). Pour the juice from the can into the skillet, and then run the tomatoes through a food processor before adding them to the skillet or pot.

It's easy to vary the types of beans used too. I usually use whatever type I have on hand, whether that's Great Northern, Black, Pinto, Kidney, or White. Sometimes I use only one type of bean. Other times I use 2 or more types.

Like Your Chili Soupier?

Sometimes I make vegetarian chili nice and thick, and other times I want it a bit soupier.
Sometimes I make vegetarian chili nice and thick, and other times I want it a bit soupier. | Source

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More Ways To Vary This Recipe!

If you eat dairy, you may enjoy your chili topped with grated cheese. Cheddar or a Mexican blend is good.

Because I like to add some healthy fats to my meal, I often add some sliced avocado to my own bowl of chili, once it's on the table.

If you are watching your carbs, I'd recommend omitting the corn.

You may like to experiment with different types of peppers too!

Adding Avocado, and Changing the Types of Peppers You Use Are Other Ways to Vary This Recipe!

What Variations Might You Try?

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This recipe webpage was created on 5/6/10.

Page last updated 1/15/14.

Thanks for visiting my Vegetarian Chili Recipe site! Comments? Questions?

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Yum. Gotta check out your homemade baked eggrolls too!

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      Funkysi 5 years ago

      Interesting recipe. Maybe I will try this.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Had to return and tell you I made a big pot of this vegetarian chili and LOVED it! Seriously, I'll probably make this once a week I enjoyed it so much. YUM! Thanks for sharing!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Fall is coming! (yes, even here in Hawaii.) lol I can't wait to try your vegetarian chili recipe; I love everything you've listed and especially adding fresh cilantro. YAY!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I like good vegetarian chili. I think I'll try your recipe! Thanks.

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      Cassidy Wadsworth 5 years ago

      I tasted vegetarian chili for the first time last night. It was so good, it didn't even need meat. This recipe looks great.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You cannot complain that I am revisiting, 'coz the words 'Chili' and 'Spicy' will always get me in! You never know - I will be walking in many times more asking to be served 'one more time'! :)

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Always looking for a veggie recipes, and you have a few that I'd like to try. Your rolls also look mighty good.

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      I am definitely going to try this recipe and some of your others. thanks

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      I am definitely going to try this recipe and some of your others. thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! I love anything chili hot and am glad I came in here after dinner on a full stomach. Else, I can only imagine my plight! Pity me! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your Vegetarian Chili sounds delicious

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Sounds yummy!

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      aliciamaggie54 7 years ago

      This looks zesty! I love kidney beans. Thanks for the recipe

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have never had a vegetarian chili but......willing!

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Oh, yum. Your vegetarian chili recipe sounds delicious!

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      seegreen 7 years ago

      Always looking for vegetarian chili recipes. Feel free to add your vegie lenses to my plexo on my Vegetarian Recipes lens.

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      southshoretees 7 years ago

      I love chili and vegetables, so I'm pretty sure I'd like this recipe. I'll have to check out some of your other veggie lenses, too. Great work!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i love a good veggie chili - i look forward to trying this one!