I am not a cook. Never have been. I don’t really enjoy cooking to be honest! If it has more than 10 ingredients or takes longer than an hour to make, I won’t make it! But when I became vegetarian about eight years ago, I realized I needed to find some easy, healthy recipes that weren’t just spaghetti! I tried out a few different chili recipes from online, tweaking them here and there, and finally arrived on this easy, healthy vegetarian chili recipe that is also delicious!
It’s the only recipe I feel I have perfected over the years, and am quite proud of it! I have brought this to several company potlucks, and have fooled even the pickiest meat-eaters into thinking they were actually eating ground beef. Now of course, you could always switch out the meatless ground for ground beef or turkey, but I would recommend trying this one out first. It is so good!
Try this easy vegetarian chili in tacos, as a hearty dip with tortilla chips, or by itself for a very filling, low fat, high protein meal!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Easy Healthy Vegetarian Chili Recipe
– 1 (one) Package Gardein Beefless Ground (13.7 oz) OR Morningstar Farms Grillers Crumbles (12 oz.)
– 1 (one) 28 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes (do not drain)
– 1 (one) 15 oz. Can of Beans (can use kidney beans, black beans, or mixed beans- do not drain)
– 1.5 Cups of Diced White or Red Onions (make it easier- buy the pre-chopped onions in the produce section of the grocery store)
– 12 oz Frozen Corn
– 1 (one) Packet of Taco Seasoning (I used spicy taco seasoning, but any one will work!)
– 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (for the pan)
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat, and add the diced onions. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes until they start to caramelize.
- Remove cooked onions from the pot; set aside.
- Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to the pot and cook the meatless crumbles per directions on the bag (stir frequently for about 5-8 minutes, until browned).
- Add cooked onions back into the pot with the meatless crumbles and mix.
- Pour entire cans of both diced tomatoes and beans to the pot, including liquid. Mix.
- Add entire packet of taco seasoning to chili and stir well over medium heat.
- (Optional) Add 12 oz. of frozen corn to the chili and mix.
- Reduce heat to low, cover pot and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve hot! Makes 5 servings. Freezes well.
Nutrition Facts Based on 5 Servings (based on using the Gardein Crumbles):
Per serving: 342 cals, 9 g. fat, 45 g. carbs, 26 g. protein, 15 g. fiber