You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Recipes Easy & Delicious Veggie Chili Recipe Easy & Delicious Veggie Chili Recipe by kellibestoliver April 8, 2008, 2:57 pm 4 Comments Spring is almost here, but at least here in St Louis, we’re still facing a few chilly, rainy days. In fact, we’ve had several in the past few weeks. On days like this, I love a steaming mug of veggie chili. Oh, sure, the Texas chili purists will claim that any chili with veggies ain’t real chili. But, for what it’s worth, this thick hearty stew satisfies the need for a filling, savory, spicy dish, and we call it chili in my house. It is naturally vegan and is really healthy–full of veggies and good-for-you proteins like beans and TVP. It can be made on the cheap with standard pantry ingredients and serves plenty. I like to cook up a pot and eat the leftovers for lunch. To me, this isn’t really even a recipe, because you can modify it to suit your tastes. It’s more of a framework for a basic chili. You can alter the type of beans, add different veggies, or change the spices–whatever flavor combination works for you. A word on TVP–my own personal preference is a combination of Morningstar® Crumbles and bulk dried TVP. However, you could use all dried TVP, Morningstar® Steak or Chik’N strips, seitan, or completely omit it. However, I really feel like a liberal hand with the TVP gives it the feel of more traditional chili. Don’t forget to use local or organic whenever possible Easy Veggie Chili Serves six 1/2 large onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 c chopped carrots 1 c frozen or canned sweet corn kernels 1 c chopped bell pepper (any color will do) 1 15 oz. can black or kidney beans 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes AND 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies (such as Rotel) OR 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes AND 1/2 chopped jalapeño pepper 1/2 package Morningstar® Veggie Crumbles 1/2 cup dried TVP 1 Tbsp cumin 1 Tbsp chili powder salt and pepper to taste Garnishes (optional)–sliced avocado, sour cream, cheddar cheese/cheeze, chopped green onions Directions In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic until onions turn slightly translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add all other ingredients except TVP and cheese. Stir until well combined. Gently simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Add TVP and simmer for another ten minutes, until veggies are no longer crunchy. Adjust seasoning again. Serve with choice of garnishes and crackers, cornbread, or corn chips. See more Previous article Sundance Channel's "The Green": "Decorate" and "Manufactured Landscapes" Next article Green Diva’s Guide to Delicious Living – Vegetarian, Curried Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie 4 Comments Leave a Reply Great recipe! I’ll have to give this a shot. We call that chili in my house too. I’m a sucker and usually end up putting a little brown sugar in my chili. Reply Sounds delish. 🙂 I’ve contemplated doing a chili-type recipe like this, but using Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup mix for variety. I’ll let ya know how it goes… Reply I highly recommend lentils in any vegetarian chili. They add a subtle sort of “meatiness” that goes really well with the tomato base. Plus, they’re cheap in bulk and cook much faster than dried beans. A good meatless chili is a beautiful thing 🙂 Reply Agreed, Joan. I’ve been using pink lentils in soups. Quick cooking, cheap, and easy. I’ve also found that people who don’t really like the texture of beans don’t mind the texture of lentils. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.