Vegan Chili

Vegetarian Chili


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (if you like it spicy)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages of meat substitute
  • 3 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained (optional)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
  • salt and pepper
  • Directions:

    1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, and garlic.

    2. When vegetables are heated through, mix in meat substitute. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.

    3. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season with chili powder and pepper. Stir in all the beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving. Add a little vegetable stock if necessary.

    8 Comments Add yours

    1. TiffanyTurner says:

      This is a great recipe and it makes a lot.

      1. admin says:

        Thank you. I’m glad it’s helpful

    2. aaron says:

      What else can you use instead of meat substitute, what are some other options? Thanks

      1. admin says:

        Legumes and beans are great meat substitutes. Garbanzos are great in soups and stews. You can also try extra firm tofu in stir fries and curries.

    3. sheila says:

      I have seen alot of recipes with canned beans, I noticed on the ones I have at home there is a chemical in them. I went to the store but could not find any without it. What brand would I need to look for? Thanks

      1. admin says:

        Try Trader Joe’s or WholeFoods 🙂

    4. Tea says:

      Awesome recipe. So delicious!

    5. Sydney says:

      Thank you for sharing your recipes! Can you please specify what you are referring to when you say “2 pkgs of meat substitute”? Can you give an example please? Thanks.

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