Homemade Vegetarian Chili

Homemade Vegetarian Chili
Prep Time20 minsCook Time40 minsDifficultyIntermediateYields6 ServingsCategory,

Source from: Cookie and Kate

 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
 1 medium red onion, chopped
 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
 2 medium carrots, chopped
 2 ribs celery, chopped
 ½ tsp salt, divided
 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
 2 tbsp chili powder*
 2 tsp ground cumin
 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika*
 1 tsp dried oregano
 1 large can (28 ounces) or 2 small cans (15 ounces each) diced tomatoes** , with their juices
 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
 2 cups vegetable broth or water
 1 bay leaf
 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnishing
 1 tsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar or lime juice, to taste
 chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream or crème fraîche, grated cheddar cheese, etc.
 If you are sensitive to spice or using particularly potent spices, you might want to scale back on the spice here. Start with half of the amounts listed and add more to taste.
 Muir Glen brand is highly recommended. It has the best flavor and their cans are BPA-free!
 This chili recipe is vegan as written. Just be sure to choose vegan/dairy free toppings, such as avocado and tortilla chips.

In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, warm
the olive oil until shimmering. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, carrot,
celery and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Stir to combine and cook, stirring
occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the onion is translucent,
about 7 to 10 minutes.


Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika and oregano. Cook
until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 1 minute.


Add the diced tomatoes and their juices, the drained black beans and
pinto beans, vegetable broth and bay leaf. Stir to combine and let the
mixture come to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally and
reducing heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, for 30 minutes.


Remove the chili from the heat and discard the bay leaf. For the best
texture and flavor, transfer 1 ½ cups of the chili to a blender, making sure
to get some of the liquid portion. Securely fasten the lid and blend until
smooth (watch out for hot steam), then pour the blended mixture back
into the pot. (Or, you can blend the chili briefly with an immersion
blender, or mash the chili with a potato masher until it reaches a thicker,
more chili-like consistency.)


Add the chopped cilantro, stir to combine, and then mix in the vinegar, to
taste. Add salt to taste, too—I added ¼ teaspoon more at this point.
Divide the mixture into individual bowls and serve with garnishes of your
choice. This chili will keep well in the refrigerator for about 4 days or you
can freeze it for longer-term storage.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

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