Just 5: Vegetarian Chili


I am going to be completely honest and tell you right now that I am cheating this week. Yup! Sorry everyone, but sometimes you need more yummy things than just 5, BUT I promise it is just as amazing with all these things than without.

In our house chili is essential winter item. We keep it in the fridge consistently and make a pot every week for those times when I need something warm and cozy for lunch or dinner. I used to hate chili as a kid because it had all this ground beef and it felt so watery. After a lot of time perfecting my recipe, and gathering tips from other people, I finally found my perfect chili recipe…well at least in my opinion.

This recipe is completely vegetarian friendly, which I love since I am not a big lover of meat, though you can easily toss in some ground beef or turkey if you want.

Chili Recipe, Vegetarian

To get started gather the following:

3-4 types of dried beans (1 cup of each type. I used pinto, black, kidney, and garbanzo)
Spices of Choice:
1/2 tsp of Cayenne
1 tsp of Cumin
2 tsp of Garlic Salt
1 tbsp of Cinnamon
2 tbsp of Cocoa
6-7 Large fresh Tomatoes (you can also do 2-3 large cans)
1 Beer (whatever you have on hand works…though I prefer a deep dark porter)
1-2 tbsp of your favorite hot sauce
1-2 Red Peppers depending on the size
1 Large Onion
1/4 of a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (in the Mexican Food aisle)
1 medium can of Organic Tomato Paste

Chili Recipe, Vegetarian

If you have dried beans, make sure to soak them over night before hand. Though that seems like more hassle there are a few good things about using dried organic beans, my dear friend Randee at Kitchen Spark taught me this. One, it is much cheaper across the board. Two, you are insuring you are not receiving chemicals from the cans and the possible BPA from the can. I thought this was awesome to know!! I am complete convert now.

When you have everything together, combine the peppers, onion, spices, and beer in to a medium size pot. Let it all simmer for about 5-10 minutes or until it becomes aromatic.

Chili Recipe, Vegetarian

Next toss in the tomatoes you either have diced or the canned ones. Finally combine the beans, chipotle peppers and as much adobo sauce as possible, as much hot sauce as you think you want, and the tomato paste. Bring the whole pot to a simmer and let it sit at medium to low until you are ready to eat it!


I always top mine it with some avocado and more hot sauce if it needs some heat. Then I enjoy next to the fire with a good beer and a favorite tv show. It always makes for a great evening getting warm after a chilly snowy day.

Chili Recipe, Vegetarian

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Congratulations Mary of B&G Journals!!

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  1. cocoa powder and cinnamon!? are you sure you aren’t from cincinnati? 😉

    i can’t stand the texture of skyline chili (well known for using chocolate and cinnamon in its chili), but i LOVE the flavor, and we ALWAYS add them in! even just a tiny bit of cocoa powder turns chili into such a rich, delicious dish…


    1. Thanks for the questions!! I should have made that all clearer so I am glad you asked. About 3 cups total of dried beans of any combination you want should be perfect! You can always add a little more if you like more beans in it. The recipe will make about 8 large serving sizes of chili so it is pretty great for left overs…plus it is even better the next day just like any good soup.

  2. I just made this today and it smells and tastes amazing! I didn’t have a pot big enough to put in all of the tomatoes and beans though. My beans are also still crunchy so make sure you let them soak a long time and test them along the way. Thanks for this vegetarian recipe! You were right about the chipotle peppers 😉

  3. Why do you put beer in it? I’m just curious if it will still turn out good if I leave that out or if there is a good alternative? I never drink or buy beer lol Do you think if I used canned beans and put it all in the crock pot it would be ready in 5-6 hours? Only b/c I’m in a hurry, I’m having a bunch of friends over for dinner and a couple are vegetarian but I won’t have much time for it to cook… The recipe sounds really great, though!

    1. The beer is for flavor. You can leave it out if you want, but I suggest it. You could also use some red wine just not as much maybe half a cup or so. Using canned beans it can be ready in a couple hours. Chili is always better the longer it cooks though.

  4. I made this today, it smells amazing. I made an easy beer bread with it.

    I also made the spaghetti sauce recipe.

    Thank you for your amazing recipes!!!

    Beer bread recipe below, I hope you do not mind.

    3 cups self rising flour
    1/4 cup of sugar
    One 12oz can beer
    Pour in gresed bread loaf pan
    pout 3 TBL sppons of melted butter
    bake 50 minutes….

    This bread is easy and goes great with chili.
    A friend shared this with me, I cannot take credit for the recipe