Vegetarian Chili

“How ’bout some chili son?”

“But Pops, I had chili for lunch. And for dinner yesterday! And for lunch yesterday! And for dinner the day before that!”

“Look at you, complaining about too much chili. Kids complaining about too much food, ha! If only you’d seen what I’ve seen, you would be lapping this here chili up with no complaints.”

“But Pops, there is only so much chili one person can eat. I’m not trying to be ungrateful, I just would prefer a little variety.”

“Variety, ha! If you want variety, cook your own food!”

“But Pops, I’m nine.”

“Oh, right.”

I ate this vegetarian chili for an entire week straight, often for lunch and dinner, and still enjoyed the last bowl.


  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cans Bush’s chili beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounces of diced tomatoes with habaneros
  • 28 ounces of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bags of MorningStar Grillers Crumbles
  • Cheese and sour cream for topping


Chop up some onion.


I did my food shopping at Target and they didn’t have peppers, but my roommate had forgotten about this guy. A lot of it was soft and gross, so I chopped up what I could.


Cook down the onions and peppers in oil. I let them cook a long time because I don’t want any of that crunch later. I’m just not into crunchy onions in any context, okay? Add the garlic and the spices.


These are all my cans. I don’t know what chili beans are to be honest, but I wanted to try something new. Is this cheating? Are they already imbued with flavor I could never possibly recreate on my own? I’m not sure, but you can use any old basic beans if that’s what you prefer.


Throw everything into the pot along with the vegetable broth.


Add in the fake meat. Stuff it down into the liquid with a spoon.


I added more vegetable broth so that it was properly soupy. Then I cooked it as long as I could wait, which was an hour. You could simmer this on the stove for all eternity and it would just get better and better, but I was really hungry.




You can top this with a whole load of things, but cheddar cheese and sour cream are my go-to. The chili might also be awesome on top of french fries, but maybe I’m just really hungry as I write this.


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  1. Love that chili! Great minds think alike! I just made lentil sloppy joe style..with steamed spaghetti squash. It was amazing and I am eating it daily. No problem!

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