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Vegetarian Chili Recipes to Keep You Warm
If it seems like chili was made for frat guys watching football, these 10 vegetarian chili recipes will make you think again. In place of meat, you'll find loads of veggies, beans, sweet potatoes, and healthy thickeners like quinoa and lentils. Make a batch at the beginning of the week, and prepare to eat well for days.
Slow Cooker Quinoa, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Vegetarian Chili
There are tons of things to love about this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan chili, even beyond the fact that it'll satisfy the pickiest eaters. But our favorite part? The quinoa, which thickens the chili and adds an extra dose of protein. Set it in a slow cooker in the morning, and let the flavors do their magic for the next eight hours.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Quinoa, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Vegetarian Chili
The Pig and Quill
Slow Cooker Vegan Mole Chili
There's no shortage of flavor in this vegan chili. It's satisfying, rich, and spiced just right with ancho chilies, dried herbs, and dark chocolate for that tasty mole flavor. Toss in some stomach cancer-fighting tofu for more heartiness without loads of calories.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Vegan Mole Chili
Veggie and the Beast
Spicy White Cheddar Chili
Fan of a more soup-like consistency for your chili? Then consider this recipe gold. Cannellini beans add texture to the brothy soup, jalapeños and roasted green chilies add heat, and sharp white cheddar cheese makes it creamy enough to give thick chili a run for its money.
Get the recipe: Spicy White Cheddar Chili
This recipe calls for all the chili ingredients you'd expect—onions, garlic, chili powder, red bell pepper—but this time lentils are the star instead of meat. Lentils have a knack for soaking up flavors, plus they have weight-loss benefits. One study found participants lost between five and 20 pounds when they ate one cup of lentils as part of a 21-day diet.
Get the recipe: Lentil Chili
Cookie and Kate
Quinoa is packed with protein—up to 24 grams in each cup—and this chili features the superfood front and center. Plus, it goes from the stove top to your kitchen table in just 45 minutes, making it one of the easiest chili recipes to whip up when you're short on time.
Get the recipe: Quinoa Chili
Mushroom and Bean Vegan Chili
Sick of chili loaded with beans? Give mushrooms a shot at adding thickness and deliciousness to your next pot. In this recipe, heartiness comes courtesy of mushrooms (one pound of them!), sweet potatoes, and pinto beans. Cumin seeds and jalapeños add a kick, so you won't get bored of the chili even if the recipe lasts you all week.
Get the recipe: Mushroom and Bean Vegan Chili
And Away We Eat
Smoky chipotle in adobo sauce brings the spice, cinnamon brings a touch of sweetness, and an entire small butternut squash keeps things satisfying and seasonal. Bonus: Capsaicin, which makes chilies hot and has been shown to increase the feeling of fullness, comes through courtesy of one tablespoon of chopped chilies.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian Chili
One Ingredient Chef
The Heartiest Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
No meat? No problem. This chili, packed with carrots, diced tomatoes, and spices, won't leave you missing meat one bit. Bonus: Walnuts (the secret ingredient!) have been shown to boost your memory and brain health. Give it six hours in the slow cooker to really wow your taste buds.
Get the recipe: The Heartiest Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
Garlic My Soul
Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili
Creamy, delicious, and loaded with sweet potatoes, which have been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties, this recipe is a must-cook when the temps start to cool.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili