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Comforting Vegetarian Chili

  • Author: Emily Smith
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


A hearty and comforting vegetarian chili with plenty of staple vegetables and nutritious beans. This vegetarian chili is a new family favourite recipe that hits the spot. It's a delicious, budget-friendly meal any night of the week.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped finely)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups can Romano beans (drained and rinsed (see notes))
  • 2 cups can black beans (drained and rinsed (see notes))
  • 2 cups can kidney beans (drained and rinsed (see notes))
  • 3 1/2 cups can diced tomatoes ((see notes))
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)

Optional For Serving

  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • cilantro (roughly chopped)


  1. Prep all the vetables and rinse beans. Heat up olive oil in a large pot, over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and carrots. Sauté for 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Incorporate tomato paste to coat the vegetables. Then add canned tomatoes, canned beans, vegetable broth, and seasonings, including salt and pepper.
  3. Bring the chili to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 30-35 minutes.
  4. Optional: serve topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese and cilantro. Enjoy!


For canned beans, most Canadian brands of canned beans come in 19 oz cans. For this recipe, measure out 2 cups and save the rest (bean salad!). If you live in the United States, most brands of canned beans come in 15.5 oz cans – use the whole can (it will be just shy of 2 cups, and that’s okay).

For canned diced tomatoes, look for the 28 oz can.

Vegetable Substitutes

Carrots: sweet potato, parsnip, zucchini

Red bell pepper: poblano chilies, green bell pepper, celery

Onion: onion powder, onion flakes, celery

Bean Substitutes

Other beans you can use in this recipe: pinto beans, lima beans, butter beans or cannellini beans, black turtle beans

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American