Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Wow everyone, thanks for all the birthday wishes :) .  I had an awesome weekend full of celebrations.

Today I have something very wonderful to share with you – a delicious vegetarian chili recipe.  It all started last week when Angela posted about How To Roast Garlic.

I have one other secret ingredient that I like to add to chili … BEER!  I stole this idea from a chicken chili recipe that I used to make back in college.

And I like to slip in some extra veggie power into the chili by adding carrots.  The one thing in the kitchen that I detest the most is shredding carrots.  It really drives me crazy.  Honestly we haven’t had carrot muffins in like six months because mashing an over ripe banana is far easier in my books.  I needed shredded carrots for a bunch of recipes I was making in addition to this chili so I pulled out the food processor.  Shredded carrots in mere seconds!

And you need your regularly scheduled chili ingredients as well.

Life After Bagels Roasted Garlic and Beer Vegetarian Chili Recipe

  • one can crushed tomatoes
  • six roasted garlic cloves
  • one red pepper
  • one yellow pepper
  • one small yellow onion
  • 3 large carrots – shredded (or put them in the food processor like me!)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Roast garlic ahead of time so it can cool.  Dice onions and peppers and shred carrots and set aside.  In saucepan heat olive oil and once heated simmer onion for 2 minutes.  Add diced red and green peppers and simmer for 2 minutes.  Add carrots and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.  Add beer and spices and simmer for 6 minutes.  Now add tomatoes, corn and roasted garlic.  Stir all together and cook on low for 1-2 hours.  It tastes good after one hour but the longer it cooks the better the spices and veggies mingle together :) .

Do you have any “secret” chili ingredients?  Have you ever used beer in soups or stews or chili?

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17 Responses to Vegetarian Chili Recipe

  1. Yum, that sounds amazing! Veggies + beer? I’m in!

    I don’t really like whole carrots, and I’m too lazy to shred them, so I have to buy the already-made matchstick ones (or the carrots shards from the salad bar @ WF!)

  2. Sam says:

    Yay thank you so much for this recipe! Yesterday, my boyfriend asked me to make chili for myself and then before i added the beans to give him some. He is a bean hater. I told him that would be just meat and sauce! You have so much other stuff in here i think i could add meat and actually serve him some sans beans. THANK YOU!!!

  3. I have an AMAZING vegetarian chili recipe that uses a little bit of dark chocolate.

  4. Chili purists might cringe, but I usually throw in a can of chick peas with whatever type of chili I’m making.

  5. Therese says:

    Mmm…beer chili! LOVE it!

    Chili is one of my favourite things to make simply because it’s so easy! I like throwing the ingredients into the crockpot and leaving it overnight. Like Vicky, I also use a bit of chocolate for richness, I also add a bit of cinnamon!

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      this was the first time I tried cinnamon … at first I thought it was over powering but as it cooked it just melded into all the other flavours and tasted delish

  6. I made potato soup with beer once and it was pretty much the best thing I’ve ever tasted. Never would I have thought to add it to chili though. I’m just not that creative.

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      really because I thought if anyone would get creative with alcohol that it would be you … try beer popsicles and tell me how they turn out :P

  7. That looks delish! Always on the lookout for new vegetarian recipes.

  8. Chili purists be damned, any recipe that utilizes roasted garlic and beer is a-ok in my book!

  9. feener says:

    beer, coffee or chocolate

  10. Ivette Weathersby says:

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