Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

How To Make Easy Vegetarian Chili

Made with common pantry ingredients, this vegetarian chili is an easy and healthy dinner dish that’s filled with beans, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 8ozbaby portabella mushrooms,cleaned and quartered
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • ¾tspfreshly cracked black pepper
  • 1mediumyellow onion,peeled and quartered
  • 1mediumgreen bell pepper,chopped
  • 1jalapeño,seeded and minced
  • 3largegarlic,cloves, minced
  • tbspmild chili powder
  • tsporegano
  • tspground cumin
  • ¼tsppaprika,smoked
  • pinchcinnamon
  • 1tbspbrown sugar,(+ 1 tbsp)
  • 1canfire roasted tomatoes,(15 oz), undrained
  • 1cantomato sauce,(15 oz)
  • 3cupsvegetable stock,or water
  • ½cupbulgur wheat
  • ½tspliquid smoke,optional
  • 2canskidney beans,(15 oz), (light or dark or a combination), drained

For Toppings:

  • 1handful cilantro,minced
  • ½smallred onion,minced
  • 1avocado,diced
  • lime wedges


  1. Put the mushrooms in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse for about 30 seconds until they are smaller than a pea.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add mushrooms to the pot with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper.

  3. Cook for about 7 minutes until the mushrooms release some of their liquid and turn a darker color.

  4. Add the onion to the food processor (no need to clean) and pulse about 6 to 8 times until the onions are the size of a small dice. Add the onion, along with the chopped green bell pepper, minced jalapeño pepper, garlic, chili powder, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, and cinnamon to the pot.

  5. Cook for about 8 minutes until the onions are translucent and the green peppers just begin to soften. Stir in the brown sugar. Cook for about 1 minute just to incorporate it.

  6. Add the fire roasted tomatoes (and all their juices), tomato sauce, and three cups of stock or water. Stir to combine. Cover the pot and bring the chili up to a boil. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes.

  7. Once the chili is boiling, stir in the bulgur, then reduce the heat to medium low. Let the chili simmer for about 12 minutes until the bulgur is cooked through. It should be chewy and tender.

  8. Add the drained beans to the beans and liquid smoke to the pot. Stir to combine. Let it simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes.

  9. Stir. Taste, and add salt or pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, and top with the cilantro, red onion and avocado.

  10. Serve the lime wedges alongside the bowl.


  • Calories: 338.66kcal
  • Fat: 9.36g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.46g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.78g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.75g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.30g
  • Fiber: 16.06g
  • Sugar: 11.33g
  • Protein: 14.42g
  • Sodium: 1264.23mg
  • Calcium: 160.80mg
  • Potassium: 1232.31mg
  • Iron: 4.77mg
  • Vitamin A: 68.40µg
  • Vitamin C: 42.76mg
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