Vegetarian Chili

Nick Kindelsperger
  • 2 Tablespoons  olive oil
  • medium white onion, chopped
  • orange bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • (12-ounce) bottle porter or amber ale
  • (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans
  • (15-ounce) cans black beans
  • 2 Tablespoons  white wine vinegar
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons  chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon  ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon  ground cumin
  • chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped (about tablespoons)
  • 1 Tablespoon  sweet smoked paprika
  •   salt
  • scallion, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  •   sour cream
When it comes to chili, I am a man with opinions. I had my first awakening in college with the kind of strict, fundamentalist Texas chili that eschews both beans and tomatoes. For years I just assumed that was the final word on the subject, and I annoyed friends and relatives if any chili didn't meet those specifications. Luckily, I've lightened up over the years, and have come to even appreciate the Cincinnati-style chili that I grew up on. But vegetarian chili? Can such a thing even exist? After an epic Thanksgiving week, I was looking for a meat -free meal that could still stand up to the cold weather. I was drawn to this recipe from The Amateur Gourmet. No, this isn't quite the same thing as my beloved Texas chili, but it is feisty and surprisingly filling for a recipe that doesn't contain any meat. The bulk of each bite comes from beans and bell peppers, while a dose of chipotle gives it a smoky edge. The best part is that it all comes together in about 45 minutes.

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Recipe Details

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
Total Time: 
45 minutes


Calories per serving:

334 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber

Daily value:



  • Fat 6g 10%
  • Carbs 53g 18%
  • Saturated 1g 5%
  • Fiber 19g 78%
  • Sugars 8g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 17g 34%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 995mg 41%
  • Calcium 164mg 16%
  • Magnesium 115mg 29%
  • Potassium 1,211mg 35%
  • Iron 6mg 35%
  • Zinc 2mg 12%
  • Phosphorus 317mg 45%
  • Vitamin A 127µg 14%
  • Vitamin C 108mg 180%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 69%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 22%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 34%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 158µg 39%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin K 26µg 32%
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