This is our family friend Deb’s delicious vegetarian chili recipe! I first tried it years ago and I’ve made it probably every couple of months since. It’s super tasty, perfectly spiced and fun to eat, especially with some corn bread or corn muffin.
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Christopher and I love to have chili regularly not only because it’s delicious with and without meat, but because that means we can have corn bread or corn muffins, too.
I know you’re thinking, “Can’t you have baked corn goods anytime?”
Of course we can. But we usually don’t. We usually have our corn bread/muffin with something else. Like chili. Get it?
One of the things I love about this vegetarian chili recipe is how good it tastes. If you are a meat eater, you won’t even miss not having beef in the dish.
I got this recipe many years ago from a friend of the family named Debbie, who brought this vegetarian chili to my sister Robyn’s surprise birthday party. I couldn’t believe how yummy it was. It’s chunky, full flavored and very satisfying. Perfect on these chilly (or chili) winter days!
My Parents and their pet expressions
My parents used to have many pithy sayings. For instance, when we were taking pills for pain, my father used to exclaim, “Don’t get addicted!” 😂
But every time I have chili, I think of one of my mom’s favorites:
“Chilly today, hot tamale!” Even when talking about the weather, my family couldn’t help mentioning food! It was always relevant.
Did your folks say stuff like that? I’d love to know, so leave me a comment!
Another of Mom’s pet sayings would come out when I was young and going on a date.
“Are you going on a date with a fig?”
Hardy, har, har. I find my folks’ expressions funny now but I didn’t so much then. Back then I just rolled my eyes.
On to the Vegetarian Chili Recipe
The ingredients: onions, red bell pepper, sliced portobello mushrooms, diced tomatoes, black olives and kidney beans.
I start by chopping the vegetables in chunks because I love chunky veggies, don’t you? I heat my medium sized cast iron Dutch oven on medium and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
I throw in the onion and bell pepper and sauté them for 8 minutes. I add the sliced mushrooms and two teaspoons of garlic paste and continue sautéing them for 2 minutes.
I add the diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, dried basil and salt and pepper. I lower the heat under the pan and simmer it for 30 minutes.
I add the kidney beans and olives and continue simmering the vegetarian chili for 10 minutes.
Vegetarian Chili in Da House
I get out my little crocks and slice a huge corn muffin in half. I also ladle some vegetarian chili in the crocks and get ready to eat this delicious dish!
It’s chunky and soooo good!
Dive right in! I’m going to.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! It is super delicious, thick and chunky. Christopher likes his with a dollop of sour cream on top. Yum!
Please feel free to leave me a comment! What’s your favorite vegetarian dish? You can also Pin any photo to Pinterest and Yum the recipe to Yummly! Please do, as it helps me.
And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions cut in chunks
- 1 Red bell pepper cut in chunks
- 10 ounces sliced portobello mushrooms
- 2 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 56 ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chili powder or more if you love spice
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano dried
- 1 tablespoon basil dried
- .75 teaspoon salt
- 15 ounces red kidney beans drained
- 15 ounces medium black olives drained
- Heat sauce pan or dutch oven on medium
- Add olive oil
- Add onions and red bell pepper and sauté for 8 minutes
- Add mushrooms and garlic paste and sauté for 2 minutes
- Add diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, basil and salt
- Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes
- Add kidney beans and black olives, simmer for 10 more minutes
- Ladle some in a bowl or crock