Veggie Chili

This chili is made without meat, oil and salt, and uses canned beans, tomatoes and corn. After you have a big bowl of it, you won’t need a nap like you do with traditional chili made with meat and oil.

½ cup water for sautéing
1 each green, yellow, red bell pepper, seeded and diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground ancho chilies

1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes or 1 box Pomi brand diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can each no-salt kidney, black, pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz. can no-salt corn, drained (or 1-1/2 cups frozen or fresh)
Water as needed

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

1. Heat up the 1/2 cup of water in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, celery, onion, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and ground ancho chili powder, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

2. Stir in the tomatoes, the corn, and all the beans, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, adding water as needed. Stir in the cilantro or parsley shortly before serving.

Notes: Look for Eden brand canned beans, as they offer beans without salt. / This chili is very mild in its spices, so feel free to add more chili powder or a hotter chili powder if you wish.

Preparation: 20 minutes; cooking: 45 minutes; serves 6

This recipe was adapted from Compassionate Cooks’ Three-Bean Chili recipe.

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  1. gwenoatman says:

    SOoo yummy… I had some extra black-eyed peas on hand so I subbed them for the pintos. Thanks for the suggestions on Eden’s beans and Pomi tomatoes! And I added some chipotle chili powder and cayenne b/c I like a smoky kick! I love how quickly this comes together.

  2. Thanks Gwen! Yes, this is a favorite of mine too, so easy; a good potluck dish too. :)

  3. Mark Homer says:

    I am afraid of GMO corn. Could you recommend a substitute for corn?

  4. Do you drain the cans of beans first?

  5. Sylver says:

    This recipe looks great, but thanks to non labeling on GMO’s, I would emphasize buying organic canned tomatoes and non GMO corn. (Trader Joe’s corn is non GMO and they have tons of organic product.)

  6. Casey H says:

    Veggie Chili is one of my five favorite recipes of yours that I have tried so far (out of roughly a dozen). Being a chili lover I was at first skeptical, but the flavor is excellent and sweet, perhaps from the 3 bell peppers (and the young corn I used). I like the idea of gwenoatman above who suggests adding heat and smoke with some cayenne and chipotle, but my girlfriend prefers the recipe mild as written. The only change I make is to add a few more beans cooked up from dry or a 20 oz can.

  7. Excellent Chili!

  8. Does anyone know the calorie content? Got a pot of this going and my doc has me on 1200 cal. daily. Smells wonderful!

  9. This is excellent!

  10. Thanks Cathy!

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