Vegan Veggie Chili

Filed under Dinner Live Well Lunch Recipes on Jan 21 13 by

Everyone has their own tried and true recipe for chili, but nowadays, not everyone has the same dietary needs. This is especially true at the start of a new year, with resolutions just days behind us. Serve up a big bowl of this baby, and you’re sure to please everybody.

This chili is cooked slow for maximum flavor—it’s the perfect recipe to cook while cleaning or doing laundry.

You will need:

  • Cast iron pot (or large stew pot)
  • 1/4 cups of (chic peas) garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup of red lentils
  • 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 15oz can of peas
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1/2 large onion chopped fine
  • 6 medium celery sticks chopped
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 13 shakes of Tabasco chipotle sauce
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 cups of water
  • Chili powder, to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large cast iron pot, place garlic and oil on low heat.
  2. Chop and add onion, celery, and carrots.
  3. Add 1 cup of water. Let simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring half way through.
  4. Add garbanzo beans, and red lentils. If you can not find red lentils you can use virtually ANY other bean—black beans or butter beans are good alternatives for matching flavor.
  5. Add 3 cups of water. Let simmer again medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring half way through.
  6. Add peas, tomato paste, and Tabasco sauce. Cook on high for 5 minutes and constantly stir.
  7. Immediately add tomato sauce and peas. For a more full-flavored, spicy chili, add the optional chili powder. Stir through and then serve.

This chili has a nice hearty feel—so the meat will not be missed by our carnivore friends, not too much spice—for those with a sensitive stomach, and tons of veggies—for our herbivore and health conscious friends. It also makes a great “dump” recipe for the cooking friend.

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Margo Mullin
Margo Mullin is a newly-wed with a taste for all things tasty! She’ll be bringing you recipes from her own kitchen—side-dishes, main courses, appetizers, you name it! Margo is an insurance agent by day and a crafter, daughter, caregiver, wife, mother of a cute doggie, sister, aunt, friend, writer, poet, singer, lover-of-all-things-love by night.