Sunday, October 30, 2011

four-bean vegan chili

this "musical" chili proves that meat is not needed to make flavorful, hearty food. in fact, the vegetables and spices truly shine when they are not coated in animal grease. see for yourself!

four-bean vegan chili
adapted from the best vegetarian chili in the world

yields about 8 cups/servings


1-2 jalapeno peppers, minced*
2 sweet bell peppers, green and red, seeded and chopped
1 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
3 1/2 C (or 28 oz. can) crushed tomatoes
1 T chili powder
2 bay leaves
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander
salt and pepper, to taste
2 C cooked (or 15 oz. can) each of black, pinto, kidney, and garbanzo beans
1. gather ingredients. chop peppers, using gloves to protect your skin from the jalapeno oil. if using fresh tomatoes, pulse in food processor until chunky.

2. heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. stir in garlic, peppers and carrot and cook a few minutes.

3. add tomatoes and seasonings, to taste. bring to a boil.

4. stir in beans, cover, lower heat and simmer about 25 minutes.

add cooked grains, like quinoa or millet, and serve over greens for a balanced meal. or dip with your favorite bread or chips.
you can "fatten up" the flavor a bit with a tablespoon or two of butter. i like the flavor of earth balance's soy-free vegan butter. it tastes great!
 *edit: one jalapeno makes the chili medium spicy and two very hot! for a mild chili, discard the seeds from the jalapeno or omit jalapeno altogether.


  1. Looks so colourful and delicious!!

  2. This looks like something my hubby would love! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kelly, that looks beautiful. Our oldest is a total bean head and would adore this. I will make it for her for sure--ok, personal question: Do you have any preventitive tips for reducing the amount of gas that beans can cause???
    Peace and Raw Health,

  4. thank you!

    elizabeth, i've heard that cooking beans with a piece of kombu makes them more digestible. also, pre-soaking them and cooking them thoroughly. hope that helps!

  5. Looks yummy, not to mention healthy!

  6. This looks beautiful! I'm trying to omit oil now, and with so little in this recipe, I'm guessing it will be just divine that way, too! ♥

  7. Ohhh, yum!!!!
    I can almost smell the goodness!!
    That's what I miss most in my raw food lifestyle... the aroma of meals cooking.


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