Who needs meat when you can make a vegetarian chili taste better and richer without it! This vegetarian chili recipe is packed with vegetables, two different types of beans and a pinch of turmeric for added health. The rich texture is achieved by blending part of the chili to give it the perfect amount of heartiness. This is healthy comfort food at its best!
Vegetarian Chili Recipe
When we think about a comforting bowl of chili, chili con carne usually comes to mind. That’s because it’s the popular option sold in restaurants and the one our parents made when we were growing up. It’s hearty, yummy but the truth is the ratio of meat vs vegetables isn’t particularly healthy. Let’s face it; we could all do with less meat in our diet.
Since greatly lowering my intake of beef and pork these past few years I’ve been learning a new and exciting way to cook. I’m sure you’ve noticed that most of the recipes on my blog don’t use a lot of meat and that’s because I prefer not to. As much as it is for health reasons, I also refrain from eating too much of it for ethical reasons. I’ve been practicing mindful eating which means I take a moment to thank the food on my plate before every meal. I thank my lucky star for not having to struggle to find food, thank the animal that gave its life if I’m eating meat, and thank the beautiful veggies that sprouted from the earth to bring me nutrients. I must say that it’s made a big difference in the way I see food – I’m much more grateful for it and make sure I order or put just enough on my plate to avoid leftovers. So whenever I think I can skip meat or chicken in a dish and still come up with great flavors, I do it with plenty of enthusiasm!
If you like your chili thick, smoky and bold, you’re going to love this vegetarian chili recipe. The list of ingredients is pretty long but there’s nothing you can’t easily find at your local grocery store. Aside for the initial prepping – chopping veggies – most of the cooking is passive. This means you can leave the kitchen and watch your favorite show while the ingredients are bubbling and developing flavors you won’t be able to resist!
Once the cooking is done, grab a third of the chili, throw it in a blender and blend until smooth. Put it back in the pot and watch your vegetarian chili go from healthy to hearty looking. This step thickens the chili and gives it the kind of richness that puts it in the comfort food category. The only difference is it’s low fat and contains half the calories of a regular bowl of chili!
The best way to serve this chili is with lots of tasty and colorful toppings. I use grated cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro leaves, avocado, tortillas and a squeeze of lime juice. I’ve also eaten it bare which was just as delicious! There are so many flavors in this vegetarian chili that every bite is satisfying.
This vegetarian chili is the proof that not everything is better with meat!
Other tasty vegetarian recipes:
- Chickpea, turnip and lemon soup
- Japanese restaurant style ginger dressing
- Hearty farro salad
- Japchae (Korean glass noodles)
- Vegan dan dan noodles
Did you like this Vegetarian Chili Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share?