Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

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This is an easy chili recipe that makes a hearty meal or side dish.
Cook up with some sweet corn bread for a winter dinner or serve over whole grain tortilla chips as a snack or appetizer. Pour over a baked potato for a meal or make loaded potato skins. A crowd pleaser!

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Servings: 6-8


Cost per serving $2.18 view details
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 to 3 Serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced, depending upon taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds Portobello mushrooms (about 5 large), stemmed, wiped clean and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (depending upon how hot you like it)
  • 3 cups cooked black beans, or canned beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable stock, or water
  • Cooked brown rice, accompaniment


  1. In a large, heavy pot, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, and Serrano peppers, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne, and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add the beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable stock - stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat. Place 1/4 cup of brown rice in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the chili into the bowls over the rice.
  3. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream or other toppings as you like.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 485g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 764  
Calories from Fat 69 9%
Total Fat 7.94g 10%
Saturated Fat 0.99g 4%
Trans Fat 0.02g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1106mg 46%
Potassium 3698mg 106%
Total Carbs 133.32g 36%
Dietary Fiber 42.6g 142%
Sugars 12.39g 8%
Protein 47.7g 76%
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