Vegetarian Chili


Warm up a cold or gloomy day with this hearty Vegetarian Chili recipe made with beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, and more. To complete your meatless chili dinner, top with cheese and add a side of cornbread.

Total Time:
40 mins
12 cups


  • 1 cup chopped, seeded red or green sweet pepper (1 medium)

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 2 26 ounce can diced tomatoes with chili spices or diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 12 ounce can beer or one 14-ounce can vegetable broth

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 3 - 4 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)

  • 3 15 ounce can pinto beans, black beans, white kidney beans, and/or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cup fresh or frozen whole kernel corn

  • 1 cup chopped zucchini (1 medium)

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces) (optional)


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven cook sweet pepper, onion, and garlic in hot oil until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, beer, water, tomato sauce, chili powder, dried oregano (if using), cumin, black pepper, and, if desired, hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in beans, corn, and zucchini. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes more. Stir in fresh oregano, if using. If desired, top each serving with 2 tablespoons of cheese.

  3. Makes 8 servings (12 cups)

    Vegetarian Chili
    Andy Lyons

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
3g Fat
46g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Sodium 879mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 32.5mg 163%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 480mg 10%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*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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