Hearty Vegetarian Chili


Packed with lots of vegetables, hearty beans, and the perfect amount of seasoning, this vegetarian chili is so flavorful, no one will miss the meat. And at just over 200 calories per serving, it's a meal-in-a-bowl that satisfies, without the guilt! Fresh cilantro boasts a lively, pungent flavor that goes a long way. When buying, look for leaves with a bright, even color, and no signs of wilting. Store in a plastic bag inside the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Hearty Vegetarian Chili
Photo: Scott Little
Total Time:
45 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic

  • 1 14.5 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes

  • 1 8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic-herb salt-free seasoning blend

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 15-16 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

  • ¼ cup light dairy sour cream (optional)

  • Coarsely snipped fresh cilantro (optional)

  • teaspoon chili powder (optional)


  1. Lightly coat an unheated large saucepan or Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add onion, sweet pepper, and garlic to hot pan; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until pepper is tender, stirring often. If necessary, reduce heat to prevent burning.

  2. Add undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, the water, the 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder, the seasoning blend, cumin, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in beans and mixed vegetables. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. If desired, top individual servings with sour cream and/or cilantro and sprinkle with the 1/8 teaspoon chili powder.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
2g Fat
42g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Protein 10g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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