Vegetarian Chili

by Erica Dinho on September 12, 2009

Vegetarian chiliMy husband became a vegetarian over a year ago, so you could imagine what a change it was for me as well, as the cook in the family. I feel really proud of him because he appreciates good food and he very much enjoyed eating all types of meat dishes from a great hamburger, to a juicy steak, to a gourmet fish dish, but now, he won’t eat anything with a face :) So, I am always looking for good vegetarian recipes for him and the other day I made this chili and he loved it!



(4 Servings)

  • 2 cans (15 oz) red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups tomato purée
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Put one can of the black beans in a food processor with the chipotle and adobo. Process until smooth and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the red bell pepper, garlic and carrots and cook for about 3 more minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the cumin, chili powder and oregano and cook for 30 seconds. Add all the beans, brown sugar and the tomato purée. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the salt, pepper and water. Cook for 15 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add the fresh cilantro and serve.
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1 Claudia Medeiros September 12, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Well , I’m not a vegetarian but I appreciate veggie dishes . This chili seems really delicious ! :D


2 Danielle September 12, 2009 at 1:25 PM

I don’t know what I’d do if my husband gave up meat! I think I’d cry LOL. Your chili looks and sounds fantastic. I bet with all the goddies and great flavor, one probably wouldn’t even miss the meat!


3 velva September 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM

How interesting that your husband is a vegetarian. Of course, this presents interesting food challenges to keep a lot of variety. Today there are so many wonderful vegetarian dishes. I think it is much easier today to be a vegetarian and still really enjoy food than in the past.

As always, your vegetarian chili looks great.


4 rebecca subbiah September 12, 2009 at 9:08 PM

this looks great you should try some of the dal recipes on my blog as great for vegetarians my mum in law is one lol this looks great


5 theUngourmet September 12, 2009 at 9:57 PM

I have tried to get my husband to stop eating meat before but he just has a fit!

Your chili recipe looks wonderful! I just made a chili recently using chipotle too. It really adds nice flavor!


6 Joy September 12, 2009 at 11:32 PM

What a great looking recipe and perfect for me – vegetarian! But what is chipote in adobo? is there any chance I would find it in Australia? Would some other chili pepper work instead?


7 Erica September 14, 2009 at 6:47 AM

Hi joy,
Yes, you can use any chili pepper you find.


8 nora@ffr September 13, 2009 at 2:12 AM

one of my aunts husband also became a vegetarian recently and shes searching for good vegie recipes. hehe m sure gonna tell her abt this one!! sound amazing!


9 Erica September 13, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting!


10 Sophie September 13, 2009 at 9:23 AM

MMMMMMM,..thischili is great!! I so digg it!!

Yum Yum Yum!!


11 deeba September 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I love good hearty vegetarian options, & this looks as good as it gets. Wonderful!!


12 Soma September 13, 2009 at 4:56 PM

I can imagine:-) My hubby is almost a veg.. will only chicken if he has to & has not other option but to eat.. like when we are outside.. (we do only chicken & fish at home & outside).. it is not easy cooking veg. & non veg at home for a small family.

But i really would love a veg. chili for myself, esp. such a gorgeous looking one.


13 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 13, 2009 at 8:27 PM

We like to eat vegetarian at least two times a week. This is a great recipe, I like the three different beans & the chipotle here!


14 Sarah Naveen September 14, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Looks really Yumm!!!!


15 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen September 14, 2009 at 4:50 PM

I love all kinds of chili. Sometimes I make it with meat, but many times, I do favor teh vegetarian versions! This looks great with all the different beans!


16 anushruti September 16, 2009 at 3:06 AM

The chili looks amazing!


17 Gina September 17, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Oh this looks sooo good!


18 Erica September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


19 Mekkie October 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM

This is great. I’ve been sick these past few days and eating veggie chili out of can but I’ve always wondered what it would taste like if I actually tried to make it myself. Can’t wait to try this recipe!


20 Silvia July 14, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Felicita a tu marido por haber dejado de comer carne. Yo tambien soy colombiana y vegetariana con marido estadounidense omnivoro -asi que alguna cosita tenemos en comun tu y yo!. No veo la hora de ensayar tu receta de empanadas! Se ven deli y a mi marido le van a encantar (les voy a preparar un relleno vegetariano).

Que rico encontrar recetas colombianas con la terminologia EXACTA que usamos en Colombia, como aji. Que dicha no tener que dar explicaciones ni descripciones a otros-ni a latinos espanol explicando que “es parecido a…” ni a estadounidenses en ingles. Que dicha!


21 Carla @ Yorkshire Pantry August 6, 2011 at 10:11 AM

I love the fact you use red as well as black and pinto beans in this chilli.


22 Gina January 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Just to say that I really appreciate your recipes. My husband is Colombian, but I am an American vegetarian. Your recipes like these are our perfect compromise.

Thanks so much!


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