Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili
Recipe Type: vegetarian main dish
Cuisine: comfort food
Author: Debbie Amster
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Serves: 6
an excellent veg chili that can be modified to suit your tastes.
  • 4 large onions chopped
  • 1 large red, orange or yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (1 lb.) tomatoes undrained
  • 5 cups cooked kidney beans plus 11/2 cups cooking liquid or water or 3 cans (1lb.) kidney beans undrained and 1 cup water
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • Sea salt
  1. In a large pot cook onions and pepper in oil over medium heat stirring occasionally until onions are golden and pepper is soft.
  2. Add mustard seeds and cook stirring for 1 minute.
  3. Add chili powder, cumin seeds, cocoa, cinnamon, tomatoes (break up with a spoon) and beans and their liquid, water and tomato paste.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer rapidly, uncovered for 40 minutes or until most of the liquid has cooked away and chili is thickened.
  5. Stir frequently to prevent scorching.
  6. Season with salt to taste.
  7. You can easily double the recipe.
  8. Relish toppings: Arrange in containers pink onions (recipe below) canned jalapeno peppers, grated cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, tomatoes and cucumber, Greek yogurt, lime wedges.
  9. Pink Onions
  10. In a 1 quart pan over high heat, bring 2 cups water and 11/2 Tablespoons vinegar to a boil.
  11. Add 1 large red onion, thinly sliced, and push down into liquid.
  12. Return to a boil and cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain onion and let cool.
  13. In a bowl stir together onion, 11/2 teaspoons vinegar, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon mustard seeds, ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds and salt to taste.
  14. Serve at room temperature or cover and chill until ready to serve.


3 thoughts on “Vegetarian Chili

  1. I’m going to try the Vegetarian Chili receipe over the Memorial Day week-end

  2. Debbie the cooking demo was wonderful and everything was so tasty. I’m going to try red lentils this week-end too! I’ve already made the salads and they are wonderful! I encourage everyone to try these receipes……so easy and quickly prepared!!!

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