Cozy Vegetarian Chilis

Who says a good chili requires meat? We'll challenge that theory with our top-rated vegetarian chili recipes.

  • Chunky Vegetarian Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Chunky Vegetarian Chili

    This vegetable chili recipe is a great way to get kids to eat fiber-rich foods. It can be taken on camping trips or packed in a thermos for school lunches.
  • Quick Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Salsa
    By Erin McFarland, Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Quick Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Salsa

    The black bean and barley chili is a standout by itself, but the avocado salsa takes it right over the edge.
  • Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Oxmoor House

    Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

    You can manage the amount of heat in this vegetarian chili recipe. Like it spicy? Add more chili powder and don't bother seeding the jalapeños.
  • Christine's Vegetarian Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Thayer Gowdy; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Christine's Vegetarian Chili

    Gluten-free and meat-free, this hearty 25-minute chili is full of corn, beans, onion, and bell pepper.
  • Jane's Vegetarian Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Randy Mayor

    Jane's Vegetarian Chili

    Boasting less than 300 calories and almost 15 grams of fiber per bowl, this hearty chili skips the ground beef and uses chickpeas, black, kidney, and cannellini beans for a protein boost.
  • Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

    This vegetarian chili recipe uses meatless burger crumbles instead of ground beef. Serve it to a table of carnivores, and they won't be able to tell the difference.
  • Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili

    This vegetarian chili is loaded with fresh vegetables, pinto beans, and quinoa. The zing comes from poblano chiles.
  • White Bean and Hominy Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    White Bean and Hominy Chili

    Vegetarian chipotle sausage packs quite a punch, adding savory depth to the entire pot with no meat in sight.
  • Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett; Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili

    Cooking vegetables low and slow gives this chili just the right amount of flavor. Plus, the meaty texture of mushrooms more than makes up for the missing meat.
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    By Erin McFarland, Yunhee Kim

    Black-Bean Chili With Winter Squash

    Winter squash stars as a meaty alternative to sausage or beef in this quick-cooking chili recipe.
  • Pinto Bean Chili with Corn and Winter Squash
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Oxmoor House

    Pinto Bean Chili with Corn and Winter Squash

    The spiciness of this light yet satisfying chili is complemented by the subtle sweetness of corn and winter squash. Top with queso fresco to counteract the spice.
  • "Meaty" Meatless Double-Bean Chili
    By Erin McFarland, Oxmoor House

    "Meaty" Meatless Double-Bean Chili

    This meatless chili received our test kitchen's highest honors. Garnish with olives, cheddar cheese, and scallions.
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