Vegetarian Chili

We enjoy this hearty and versatile stew on its own, over pasta, or served 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 minced onion
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
3 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 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
½ cup lentils
½ teaspoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions
Sour cream


  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, cumin, and cilantro and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, broth, lentils, hot sauce, and lime juice.
  5. Simmer the chili with the lid on for 30 minutes until the lentils are cooked through.
  6. Ladle the chili into bowls and top with the cheddar cheese, onions, and a dollop of sour cream for extra creaminess.

Recommended Serving Size: 2 cups

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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