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Spicy Vegetarian Chili

17 Mar

This is a new version of the Best Vegetarian Chili and it may be even better than the original. You could make it in the crock pot or on the stove – either way, it’s delish!

Start with these ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pepper, any color, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato (or regular potato), chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) spicy black beans
  • 3 Tbsp quinoa, any color
  • 1/4 cup lentils, any color
  • 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Muir Glen diced tomatoes – Fire roasted with medium green chilis
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 packet vegetarian chili seasoning mix
  • water
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Then get down to business:

  1. Put a bit (maybe a Tbsp) of olive oil in a large soup pan and heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Let cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped pepper, carrots, jalapeno and sweet potato to the pot.
  3. Add the two cans of tomatoes and stir well. Fill one of the cans with water and add that as well.
  4. Rinse the spicy black beans just a bit and add them to the mixture. Add the quinoa and lentils.
  5. Next add the can of tomato paste and stir well.  Tomato paste can be sticky so make sure to get it distributed throughout the mixture.
  6. Toss in the chili seasoning mix.
  7. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
  8. Add the cup of frozen corn, stir, and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  9. Top with shredded cheese and enjoy.

You could easily make this in the crock pot – just omit the olive oil at the beginning and pile everything in the crock pot, stir, and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, adding the corn in just about 15 minutes before you’re ready to eat.

What’s great about this chili is that it’s so flexible – I’ve added or omitted vegetables depending on what I have on hand and I’ve used sprouted legumes or chickpeas instead of lentils. Any version is great!

Spicy Veggie Chili


The Best Vegetarian Chili

26 Nov

I found a recipe for crockpot vegetarian chili on The Lazy Vegetarian and have been adding some different vegetables and spices to it ever since. I think I’ve come up with the perfect combination for this easy and incredibly tasty cold winter day chili.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small summer squash
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) each black beans, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans (you can use whichever kinds of beans you like and you can, of course, you dried beans rather than canned)
  • 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Muir Glen diced tomotoes – Fire roasted with medium green chilis
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 packet chili seasoning mix – I like Simply Organic or Casa Fiesta

I think the real kicker in this chili recipe is the can of Muir Glen tomatoes with green chilis. I’ve made this chili with and without it and with it is SO MUCH BETTER.

The recipe is incredibly easy:

  1. Chop all the vegetables (except the corn) and add them to the crock pot. The corn will be added later, since it takes much less time to cook.
  2. Rinse beans and add them to the crock pot
  3. Add the cans of tomatoes and tomato paste, along with the chopped garlic and chili seasoning mix to the crock pot
  4. Add the cup of water and stir well
  5. Heat for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low
  6. About 15-20 minutes before serving, add the cup of frozen corn and stir well
  7. Enjoy!
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