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BY ELISE BAUER

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Spicy Vegetarian Chili
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BEST Vegetarian Chili! With eggplant, plum tomatoes, onion, garlic, zucchini, bell peppers,
jalapeños, white beans, kidney beans, and cilantro. With vegetarian chili this good, you will
never miss the meat!
Spicy Vegetarian Chili
Photography Credit: Elise Bauer
VEGETARIAN CHILI MY DAD LOVED (WHICH SAYS SOMETHING)
Those of you who have been reading Simply Recipes for a while probably sense (rightly) that
my father is a committed carnivore.

Thus, you may appreciate that dad, spending an afternoon making this vegetarian chili with
vegetables that he had bought at the farmers market that morning, would only put so much care
into a meat-free chili, his dinner, if that chili were darn good.

This vegetarian chili is that good.

Spicy Vegan Chili in serving dish

VEGETARIAN CHILI SUCCESS


It’s excellent! Spicy, flavorful, delicious. The best vegetarian chili I think I’ve ever had.

Of course, my mother did have to convince dad that no, we didn’t need steak in addition to the
chili, it was to remain a meatless chili- the beans were full of protein. And no, neither did we
need potatoes. We served our vegetarian chili with French bread.

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Spicy Vegetarian Chili Recipe
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Prep time: 20 minutesCook time: 1 hour, 10 minutesYield: Serves 8-10
The level of spiciness in this vegetarian chili will depend on how much chili powder, and how
many jalapeños you put in the chili. If you like things on the mild side, start with the smaller
amounts of both, and add to taste.

INGREDIENTS
1 1-pound (450g) eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
Olive oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 large red bell peppers, cored, seeded, diced
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded, finely minced (Taste and check the heat of the jalapeños. If
very hot only use one, if mildly hot, use two. Wash hands with soap and water after handling. Do
not rub eyes.)
1 28-ounce (794g) can Italian plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped, including liquid (or 2 pounds
fresh plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped)
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1-2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chopped oregano or 2 teaspoons dried
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 1/2 cup cooked white beans (1 15-ounce or 425g can), drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cup cooked kidney beans (1 15-ounce or 425g can), drained and rinsed
Zest of one lemon
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (can sub parsley if you have an aversion to cilantro)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

METHOD
1 Roast the cubed eggplant: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Scatter eggplant cubes in a
shallow roasting pan and slather with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cover the pan with aluminum
foil and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring once during the cooking. Remove from the oven and
set aside.

2 Sauté the onions, garlic, peppers: While the eggplant is roasting, start on the rest of the
vegetables. In a large (5-6 quart) thick-bottomed Dutch oven, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil on
medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and
cook until fragrant, about a minute more. Add the red bell peppers, zucchini, and jalapeño chili
peppers. Cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

3 Add the tomatoes, spices, chili, and roasted eggplant: Add the tomatoes to the pot along with
any liquid that may have been in the can (if using canned). Add oregano, cumin, and fennel
seeds. Add chili powder to desired heat. Stir in the eggplant cubes (carefully as to not break
them up), and simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.

4 Add the beans, lemon, sugar, cilantro, salt, pepper: Add the white beans and kidney beans,
lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and chopped cilantro. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to
taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.

5 Serve with garnishes: Serve with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, and chopped green
onions.

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