Vegetarian Chili

Foodie Friday

May 20, 2011 by

OK. I confess. I’m not single, I’m a carnivore, and my husband is always trying to convert me to veganism, or at least give it a Girl Scout try.  I’m the classic Irish Potato head, and if I had my way I’d be eating hamburgers and corn beef hash behind his back. So, being married is definitely not all it’s cracked up to be girls.  If you’re Catholic and married or Jewish and married, there’s a ton of guilt that could even result in your confessing, “Oh, I feel so guilty that I ate that”.

It may be only slightly exaggerating to say that I feel guilty that I’m not a more “healthy” eater because I talk about health all the time and shine the light on others who actually…are the ones I wish I could be like.  So, it’s with some irony and satire that I post this wonderful Vegetarian Chili … seriously,  its great even if you’d rather have a steak!

You will love this recipe even if you’re idea of a good dinner starts and ends with steak, veal or chicken. The portobello mushrooms are better than  meat, and better for you. If you’re trying to just feel better about what  you eat, start your week off with a big pot of this will last all week and taste good even after Friday’s lunch. Yum, just finished it today. The spices really make it too.

Vegetarian Chili


2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 cup chopped red bell peppers
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 to 3 Serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced, depending upon your “heat” taste
1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
1 1/2 pounds Portobello mushrooms (about 5 large), stemmed, wiped clean
and cubed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

4 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

3 cups cooked black beans or canned beans – rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable stock or water
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


Cooked brown rice


Sour cream or strained plain yogurt
Diced avocado, chopped green onions

Essence, recipe follows, garnish


In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.

Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, and serrano peppers, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes.

Add the zucchini, corn, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables give off their liquid and start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes.

Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes and stir well.

Add the beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable stock, stir well, and bring to a boil

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.

Adjust the seasoning, to taste.

Serving Suggestions

Place 1/4 cup of brown rice in the bottom of each bowl. Ladle the chili into the bowls over the rice. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream, a spoonful of avocado and green onions

Serve and Enjoy!

Graphic credit: Ask Georgie

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Kelley Connors Has Written 6 Articles For Us!

I’m a health care marketing consultant and social media strategist working virtually with partners on the east and west coast. Here’s my women’s blog, Real Women on Health! and my new marketing to women blog. I love to row crew with the Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk, Connecticut and enjoy the friendship of a dozen ladies at the club who meet the early morning twice or three times a week.
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