Total Time
36 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

This recipe—packed with chickpeas, canned tomatoes, carrot, celery and onion—proves that you don't need meat for a satisfying and filling chili.

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in cumin and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups water, tomato paste, chickpeas, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro and juice.

Ratings & Reviews

Really good balance of flavors...

February 04, 2016
I followed the recipe pretty closely, but made two modifications. I used beef (sorry), and added a handful of golden raisins. I honestly think that the beef, while great, was not at all necessary. The raisins, however, really put it over the top. I encourage the addition.

Great basic recipe. I like more veggies

January 18, 2016
This is great as is. I add at least another tablespoon of tomato paste or it is a bit watery. I use normal tomatoes and tomato paste. If I use the no salt kind I end up adding extra salt anyway but it is not really necessary. I always start cooking the carrots first and cook them longer than suggested or they will be crunchy when it is done. I add zucchini and butternut squash and if I have it I'll throw in a couple cups of baby spinach at the end. I also add extra carrots and onions and usually a little less celery than the recipe calls for but that is just a preference. I make this recipe all the time and everyone loves it. Great recipe!

ssbourgeois's Review

August 29, 2014
A great alternative to regular chili. I added shredded chicken to give it more substance, but it's not necessary. I also doubled the celery and carrots and swapped a can of chick peas for a can of black beans, as suggested by other reviews. Delicious!

ValeriePDX's Review

February 07, 2014

smallhart's Review

October 24, 2013
Liked this a lot. Didn't change much, used fire roasted tomatoes and a can of Rotel, and a little more garlic.

Oklabuttermilk's Review

October 22, 2013

jklutz06's Review

October 21, 2013
So good! Bursting with flavor! Even my meat eating husband loved it, but couldn't help but over eat since he loved it so much. Highly recommend trying!

loarahp's Review

October 21, 2013
Simple, quick and easy on the wallet, this veggie soup is quite tasty. I was liberal with the veggies (all fresh, not pre-chopped!), used veggie broth instead of water and subbed fresh ginger. Halfway through, the soup looked more like stew, so I ended up doubling the liquid for a thinner end product. It was truly ready to eat within 30 mins, which is lovely for a weekday meal. Perfect for a fall/winter warm up.

Nonna60's Review

October 21, 2013
What attracted me to this recipe was the Moroccan flavorings. Very versatile recipe, that one can add/substitute variety of vegetables. I did add 2 large bay leaves and use stock or broth vs water. Also garnished with plain Greek yogurt, goat or feta cheese, and chopped green onions. This is vegetarian (lacto-ovo), but one could add lamb or goat which are part of many Moroccan dishes. (Poultry & beef would be good as well.) I love meatless dishes, so this is good for me. I have pureed 1/2 (1 can) of the garbanzos to "thicken" it up and add some "creaminess" texture. I need to say, this is the first recipe, I've seen stated "prechopped onions" and "bottled garlic". I don't understand their reasoning. Oh, well. LOL. 1) Preprepared foods are always more expensive. 2) The carrots & celery needs to be chopped. Just do the onions & garlic at the same time. No big deal.

FlossieGood's Review

August 05, 2013
my husband and i love this recipe! will definitely make again. i couldn't find turmeric in the local grocery store (bugger that!) so i subbed with 6T of mccormick moroccan seasoning blend (and omitted salt, pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, paprika, and cumin because it's already in the blend). problem solved! and, it simplified the recipe tremendously. i also subbed veggie broth for the water.