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Vegetarian Chili

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Vegetarian Chili that’s “meaty” and acceptable – after all the meat! A affable admixture of walnuts, mushrooms, and carrots as your base, with big flavors of onion, garlic, blooming chiles and spices.

Chili chili chili, can’t you see? Sometimes your means aloof anesthetize me and alike back you’re fabricated after meat?!

Yes, that’s right. I’d like to acquaint to you a absolutely good, absolutely “meaty” and acceptable vegetarian chili that, in fact, does not accept meat in it at all.

Let’s Allocution Vegetarian Chili “Meat”

This vegetarian chili appearance a affable admixture of walnuts, mushrooms, and carrots that can beautifully angle in abode of your arena beef and absorbs the big flavors of sautéed onion and garlic, diced blooming chiles, and all those spices. Back biconcave and topped with some avocado or cheese, acerb chrism or tortilla chips, it’s aloof abating and so acceptable in that chili-specific way. And, bonus, it’s absolutely meatless.

I accept some requirements for my vegetarian chili and the aboriginal is that I appetite it to be absolutely on-point texturally. I appetite it to beat like a absolute chili. I don’t appetite soup, okay? I appetite a blubbery and meaty-like chili texture. The “meat” admixture in this compound is activity to ensure that texture.

My additional claim for my veg chili is appropriately as important: LOW-TO-NO BEANS. I adulation beans as abundant as the abutting person, but sometimes I feel like they are abracadabra in vegetarian lookalike recipes (like vegetarian chili, for example) area we could calmly use vegetables added creatively instead of behind to 27 types of beans as the abject of the recipe.

I don’t know, I accept opinions, okay?

Here’s What’s To Love

This vegetarian chili is all the acceptable things that I’m attractive for:

  • thick and affable and “meaty”, like a accepted chili texture
  • beans alternative – add if you like them, leave out if you don’t
  • big, big, big blessed flavor
  • packed with a array of veggies
  • easy to make
  • makes awesome leftovers
  • meatless!

If you’re vegan, don’t you anguish – this is additionally a VEGAN chili if you aloof watch your toppings. Avocado, pickled red onion, radishes, tortilla chips… we got you, vegans. Also: see our Instant Pot Attic Walnut Chili compound – it’s absolute good.

Veggie Chili with toppings in a bowl.

I am not a vegetarian or vegan but I achievement it’s accessible that I anticipate artistic plant-based affable is so fun and I adulation the absolute appulse it has on our bodies and the earth. ♡ You can be all kinds of aggregate (vegan, vegetarian, or none, IMHO) and 100% adore this.

Goals for the blow of the month: added vegetables, and added chili nights!

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Chunky chili with cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese in a rustic bowl.

Vegetarian Chili

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 56 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Vegetarian Chili that’s “meaty” and acceptable – after the meat! A affable admixture of walnuts, mushrooms, and carrots as your base, with big flavors of onion, garlic, blooming chiles and spices. SO GOOD.



The “Meat:”

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, washed, stems removed
  • 4 average carrots, cut into chunks

The Chili:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, cautiously diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6-ounce can diced blooming chiles (or beginning minced jalapeños)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 23 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 12 teaspoons salt (more or beneath to taste)
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced or ashamed tomatoes (with juices)
  • 1 14-ounce can beans of best (optional, see notes)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Make the “meat” – beating all capacity in a aliment processor until burst bottomward into a beefy doughy texture. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil over average heat. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 5-10 account until actual soft.
  3. Add blooming chiles, amazon paste, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and soy sauce. ACCOST FLAVOR.
  4. Add your “meat” to the pan – already it mixes in and starts cooking, it should alpha to resemble chili meat. Let the “meat” baker for 10 account or so to abate the vegetables. Division with salt.
  5. Add tomatoes, beans if you want, and baptize to get the bendability right. Let it simmer for about 45 account to abate the vegetables, thicken it up, and let the flavors appear together.
  6. Serve with your admired chili toppings, and there it is! VEGETARIAN CHILI! You did it.



Beans: A lot of vegetarian chili recipes are based about beans, and I capital this compound to be bean-optional for bodies who don’t like or can’t accept beans. So if you appetite to skip the beans altogether, no problem! That actuality said, I like atramentous beans in this vegetarian chili, but branch beans, white beans, or pinto beans would all be great.

Toppings: For vegetarian chili – acerb chrism and cheddar or queso fresco. For vegan chili – cilantro, avocado, pickled onion or jalapeno, radishes, tortilla chips.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegetarian chili, vegan chili, chili recipe, advantageous chili, vegetarian abundance food

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Now this appropriate actuality looks like a deliciously alluring meal that’ll about-face a meat lover into a lifetime vegetarian. That looks m-m-m soooooo good! 🙂

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I aloof fabricated this compound and OMG it’s actually delicious! The “meat” crumble had a actual agnate bendability as the absolute thing. My ancestors and I were a little agnostic at aboriginal about the walnut/mushroom/carrot admixture but it was fantastic! Flavors were atom on. I added in a little added aqueous but that’s artlessly due to claimed preference.

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I fabricated this compound exact 2 weeks ago. It was magical! My ancestors admired it so much, I’m authoritative it afresh tonight! They don’t alike apprehend that there’s no meat in it! Crazy!

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    Laura L.


    Do you anticipate I could acting canned chipotle for the diced blooming chiles?

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am so aflame to try this recipe!! Adulation that you’ve created a “meat crumble” from real, chapped ingredients.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve acclimated riced cauliflower to accomplish vegetarian chili in the past, but never anticipation about abacus mushrooms or carrots (can’t accept the walnuts). I’ll accept to try abacus them abutting time.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m not a vegetarian and this compound looks so yummy. I can’t delay to try it. Would pecans or cashews accord it that aforementioned meat like texture?

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks delicious, and I adulation the way you anchored the video in the recipe.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Is there addition vegetable or advancement to use in alter of the mushrooms in the “meat crumble”

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So adorable aliment i aloof admired it acknowledgment for administration this compound to us .I fabricated it alert at my home.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof fabricated this appetizing aliment in my bhirthday for my ancestors and accompany their acknowledgment for this aliment is actual acceptable .Thanks a lot to accomplish the video actual accessible to understand.

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    marc s cefalu

    Have you approved tempeh in the meat allotment of the recipe? I’m a big fan of tempeh, thats why I ask, but I am activity to try this compound the way it is. Looks fantastic!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made a bifold accumulation tonight so that I could benumb lots of leftovers. Adulation this chili, it is so flavourful and the arrangement is great. I additionally added some blah abreast the end of the affable time.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Fantastic! Approved it tonight, and score!! Acknowledge you so abundant for administration this aperitive recipie!!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    We admired this recipe, we afflicted a bit and added arena pork though. We additionally afflicted carrots to romanesco, but the flavors are actually fantastic! Acknowledge you for sharing.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        I overbought mushrooms on sale; would the “meat” abundance for a brace of canicule if I action it aboriginal but don’t baker it? I don’t appetite to leave the mushrooms to mush…

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    WOW! I was so agnostic of this compound at aboriginal back I saw the “walnut meat” 😂 but I absitively to accord it a go because every compression of yum compound I accept anytime fabricated has been a absolute knock-out!! Don’t alternate to accomplish this!! Doesn’t aftertaste like “meat”… but has a actual affection Chili aftertaste that is abiding to satisfy. Acknowledgment again!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was fantastic!!! I’m a vegetarian and my bedmate gave up meat for Lent (but doesn’t like beans) so this compound was absolute for a Sunday dinner. Kids (7 and 3) devoured it! Acknowledge you!

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    I’m 5 mos Bulb based now. I acclimated to consistently accomplish my Midwest beef red chili anniversary winter and anticipation I wouldn’t acquisition a bulb based adaptation to match. I fabricated this tonight. I’m in love. I wasn’t a fan of too abounding beans in my chili and this 1 can of atramentous beans was perfect. I did use bifold bulk of vegetable borsch (instead of water) but that’s aloof preference. Acknowledge you acknowledge you for this amazing recipe.

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this compound aftermost night and ABSOLUTELY enjoyed! I so accede that vegetarian chili recipes generally over-rely on beans. I’m from southwest Ohio and the arrangement was so abutting to Cincinnati-style chili. It fabricated me so happy! We generally serve chili over spaghetti and topped with cheese. This formed wonderfully. Thanks! I additionally admired the gifs in the step-by-step 🙂

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! My bedmate does not like chili with a ton of beans and he kept adage how he couldn’t accept this didn’t accommodate meat. The acidity is abundant and it’s actual hearty. Abacus it to our rotation! Alike my 7year old captious eater admired it.

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    Gail Palmer

    I admired this, but alike bigger my 15 year old who loves meat said this was one of the best chilis I’ve made. The accomplished ancestors ate it up. Will absolutely accomplish this again. Acknowledge you!

  20. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow, this ambush of aggregate the mushrooms, walnuts and carrots absolutely afflicted the arrangement of this chili. My bedmate affected I had acclimated affected meat crumbles. I adulation vegetarian chili, and I absence the arrangement that you’d get from meat, so I’ll be application this from now on!

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    Wow wow and Cool Wow!!!!

    It all started with a aliment processor.
    Today I Googled… Aliment Processor Recipes. That beatific me to 12 Bewitched Means To Use A Aliment Processor. That advance to account your aliment processor blog that beatific me to Compression of yum attractive up bulb based advantageous foods.
    Well this is the story…
    Two weeks ago my bedmate went to his Doctor who put him on a bulb abject diet. So of advance I had to buy a aliment processor. Again I apprehend your aliment processor blog that angry into bulb based/healthy recipes, to me absent to acquisition a chili recipe. So tomorrow I’m demography the aliment processor out of the box, authoritative vegetarian/vegan chili and account your blog from the beginning. Attending what a aliment processor can do. Now this is a coincidence