This is the BEST Vegetarian Chili! Make it with eggplant, plum tomatoes, onion, garlic, zucchini, bell peppers, jalapeños, white beans, kidney beans, and cilantro. With a vegetarian chili this good, you will never miss the meat!

Vegetarian Chili my Dad Loves (Which Says Something)

Those of you who have been reading Simply Recipes for a while probably sense (rightly) that my father is a committed carnivore.

Thus, you may appreciate that Dad, spending an afternoon making this vegetarian chili with vegetables that he had bought at the farmers market that morning, would only put so much care into a meat-free chili, his dinner, if that chili were darn good.

This vegetarian chili is that good.

Vegetarian Chili Success

It’s excellent! Spicy, flavorful, delicious. The best vegetarian chili I think I’ve ever had. 

Of course, my mother did have to convince Dad that no, we didn’t need steak in addition to the chili, it was to remain a meatless chili–the beans were full of protein. And no, neither did we need potatoes. We served our vegetarian chili with French bread.

Making this a Vegan Chili

The only thing standing in the way of this being a vegan chili is the teaspoon of sugar. As we talk about in this post for Vegan Banana Bread, a lot of sugar cane is processed using bone char. The bone char doesn’t actually end up in the sugar itself, but a lot of vegans avoid cane sugar for this reason.

If you’re vegan and would like to make this recipe, either use a vegan variety of sugar, a sugar substitute (like honey), or just skip it altogether.

How to Store and Freeze this Chili

Like many chilis, this one gets better with time. It will keep in the refrigerator for about five days and can be reheated over low heat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

To freeze, let it cool completely, then transfer to freezer storage containers. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or reheat straight from the freezer over low heat on the stovetop.

Want More Great Chili Recipes?

  • Easy Vegetarian Chili with Mushrooms
  • Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Chili
  • Ground Beef Chili
  • Easy No-Bean Chili
  • Cincinnati Chili

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