45 Minute Vegetarian Chili

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Last (last) weekend we had some pretty amazing canned chili for lunch on the land.  The chili was filling, tasty with great spices and had that very important texture that ground meat gives in dishes.  The thing is though, this was vegetarian chili.  After I exclaimed for the 20th time how great this chili was (everyone agreed – vegetarians and meat eaters) I then made it my goal to make similar style homemade chili.  This 45 Minute Vegetarian Chili recipe was born!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

(By the way – Caroline’s is the best canned Vegetarian chili ever.  If you need some cans to take camping or to stock up your pantry, definietely try it!)

The chili is made up vegetables: tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, carrot, jalapeno and diced green chilies.  Now comes the beans: black and kidney beans.  There’s plenty of spices: garlic, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, chili powder salt and pepper.      We’re going to give it that texture that ground meat gives it with meatless crumbles.  If you’re a meat eater and you’re thinking “yuck” you better check yourself because these are good (I promise!).   It has the same texture consistency of meat while being tasty.  I recommend using Neat or Morningstar brands for crumbles.    Matthew (husband) is a meat and potatoes guy. His dream meal is a pot roast with mashed potatoes and he even says how good this recipe is, so you can trust me (and him). 

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

For this recipe I used Neat Original crumbles.  All you do is add water and two eggs to the mix and then brown just like ground beef.   As soon as it’s sizzling in your frying pan you’ll become a fan.  And look – it’s not even scary looking!  (This is great to use in pasta sauces too!).
Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

After you gather all your ingredients, then you’ll start adding them into the pot and within 45 minutes you’ll have a big bowl of delicious Chili to serve to your family!   This was a dinner table hit with the bowl being licked clean – there was no leftovers!  
Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

I suggest serving it alongside some warm buttered cornbread – yum!  And add some shredded cheese on top if you’d like because shredded cheese makes everything better. 🙂
Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Once you make this recipe you might never add ground meat to your chili again – it’s that good!
Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Hope you enjoy!  Have a great dinner.
Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

 

45 Minute Vegetarian Chili
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 green bell pepper - chopped
  3. 1 large carrot - chopped
  4. 1 jalapeno - chopped and deseeded
  5. 1 4 oz can of diced green chilies
  6. 1 clove garlic - minced
  7. 1 bay leaf
  8. 1 tablespoon cumin
  9. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 1 teaspoon pepper
  12. 12 oz vegetarian meat crumbles (cooked)
  13. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  14. 2 28 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  15. 1 15 oz can of black beans
  16. 1 15 oz can of kidney beans
  17. 1 15 oz can of corn
  18. shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add green pepper, carrot, jalapeno, green chilies and garlic. Mix until garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add bay leaf, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and crumbles. Mix.
  4. Add chili powder, tomatoes, black beans and kidney beans. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
  6. With 5 minutes left, add corn to pot and stir.
  7. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with cheddar cheese on top.
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Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

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