Vegetarian Chili

We enjoy this hearty and versatile stew on its own, over pasta, or alongside cornbread or another bready starch. The fillings of lentils, beans, and basic vegetables are loaded with protein and nutrients, while the plethora of spices makes for a flavorful, well-seasoned dish.

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Get out a large stockpot.

STEP TWO – Make the Chili


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small peeled and minced onion
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
3 peeled and minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 15-ounce can drained and rinsed black beans
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable broth
½ cup lentils
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon hot sauce
4 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped green onions


  1. In the large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, salt, and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cilantro and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, lentils, lime juice, and hot sauce and stir to incorporate.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook covered for 45 minutes until the lentils are cooked through.
  6. Ladle the chili into bowls and top with the cheese and onions.

Recommended Serving Size: 2 cups chili

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 protein, 1 veg

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27 thoughts on “Vegetarian Chili

  1. Sounds delicious. Mrs & I are pointedly working to more meatless dishes. Not abandoning meat, but in an effort to eat healthier. Finding a great recipe like this makes it much simpler to change our diet, we are told for the better. Thank you, ladies.

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    1. That’s great! There are so many health benefits to eating less meat, as I’m sure you’ve figured out. These vegetarian recipes have worked for our family for years so we’re glad they’re working for yours too!

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  2. I like that you use both black beans and lentils in the same recipe – I hadn’t thought of that. I just made lentil soup with crumbled spicy sausage. I’m not a vegetarian, so a little meat is tasty, but your recipe looks delicious.

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