Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Wed 12th, Feb, 2014

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Morning, I’m here in the land of beach cottage white, quilts and nautical stripes with a recipe for Vegetarian Chili, yup you read that right and no I am not going veggie but I am doing a few things to eat more vegetables and get more of the plant stuff in zee bod…this recipe for Vegetarian Chili is delicious, much nicer than you would think and it has a tick from the males in this old cottage who for sure like their meat…

So for a while I’ve really been thinking about changing the way we are eating…lots of things seemed to happen to me to make me think this, from coming across books, to finding a new blog to stumbling on the Meatless Monday thing – all were saying eat more veggie meals…get more vegetables in your diet…one problem…I love meat and my family love meat…after quite a lot of thought and the reading one day some of my old cookery books written just after WWII, I realised meat wasn’t going anywhere, what would change would be the way we consumed it…I wanted to spend more in terms of thought time and dollars on meat for our Sunday Roast (if you are here wondering what that is, it’s a very English tradition that both I and Mr BC grew up with and are very insistent carries on at least while we are the parents…) and less on ‘regular’ meat for the week…and make the high quality meat from Sunday into 3 meals (I normally go Monday leftovers, and Tuesday soup or stew).

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The Sunday Roast is a very very important part of our week, indeed Sunday itself is…Sundays revolve around the Roast and we don’t do much going out, especially Sunday afternoons…Sunday for us is about while often doing ‘stuff’ and ‘jobs’ at home, just that, being at home…I don’t like play-dates on Sundays, they don’t happen and shopping is mostly off limits and even as they get older, kiddos are home come late Sunday afternoon…it’s the one time in the week we sit down properly at the table (normally on the deck unless it’s Winter) and have a few starters, some drinks, talk about our week and have a nice meal…

So I wanted to kinda apply this whole special end of the week thing to the meat, the actual purchase of it…to make the buying, the cooking and the eating it like Sunday is to us…something not like the rest of the week and something nice…

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Anyway so this is a recipe for Vegetarian Chili (yup I do know that some say this is in itself not chili because of the lack of meat and conversely I’ve also made chili with mostly meat)…this is good, it cuts the mustard…it’s healthy, rammed full of veggies, lots of good stuff with the beans, but more, it’s really really nice…it’s taken a bit of experimenting though, to be honest gosh have we had some duds in ‘Vegetarian Chili’ recipes…

This also is a bit different to my usual recipes, in that there are quite a few ingredients in here that firstly you might not have or even know of and so this may mean you have to go out and find them in a specialist shop or in a different aisle in the supermarket (I sooooooo hate doing that, I rarely use ingredients I can’t get hold of, so hesitated to blog this) and thirdly, while this is still chop and go, ummm the chopping part is quite a bit longer than most of my recipes….but it’s so worth it.

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

2 courgettes (zucchini)

2 onions

2 large flat mushrooms

2 sticks celery

2 carrott

1 green pepper (capsicum)

1 red pepper (capsicum)

2 cans red kidney beans drained

1 can black beans drained

2 tsp Marmite (or Vegemite or Yeast Extract)

1 bottle 680g passata

1/2 bottle of passata filled with water

2 tbsp vinegar

8 tbsp tomatillo salsa

1 red chilli (or chili powder or chili paste)

1 tbsp oil (if cooking on stove)

3 tbsp soy sauce

grated cheese, sour cream, jalapenos to serve

1. chop all vegetables

Vegetarian Chili for slow cooker

add all ingredients and cook on high 5 hours or low all day (check the liquid you may need to add or leave the lid ajar depending on how your slow cooker cooks)

Vegetarian Chili for stove-top

sweat onion in oil for 5 mins or so until soft, add all other vegetables and sweat for a few minutes with lid on

add all other ingredients and simmer on very low for  couple of hours (you can get away with less but this is best on low for a few hours but can be left for 4 to 5 hours)


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*recipe notes  Marmite is a British yeast extract (it’s in my blood, I LOVE it) it gives this lovely flavour, you can use Vegemite or yeast extract of course  *substitute the beans for any beans here really, though this combo is the one I love – when I’m organised I use dried beans and soak them overnight, mostly I’m not organised and rely heavily on canned beans  *squash and pumpkin are nice in this

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That’s it from me for today, let me know if you make it, I’m writing a post on doing the veggie thing in the week, last week was our first week, we are now on day two, results have been intersting…

Cheerio my friends


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11 Responses to “Vegetarian Chili Recipe”

  1. Selby says:

    Yum that sounds great!:) thanks for the recipie inspiration.

  2. Oh I like the look of this! And I like the sound of a few meatless meals (not so much the husb!) I was a vego years ago but really didn’t do it all the proper healthy way. I do feel we need meat (well our fam anyway) but I keep our portions on the small side xx

  3. alison says:

    I’m sitting at my computer eating my vegetable curry with rice. (I know I know, I should have set a beautiful table and relished each mouthful!) I normally cook this curry on the stove top and I have modified it to reduce the fat level eg. simmering the onion in a small amount of water instead of frying it.

    This week I further changed things by Sarahfying the recipe. I chucked all the ingredients in the slow cooker and walked away. I do need to tweak the cooking time but it’s not bad for a first attempt.

    I’ll try your chili recipe. It looks like a good recipe to add my own stamp to.


  4. merilyn says:

    hi sarah, looks great and healthy! …
    yes thinking of cutting down on the meat too
    too tired to think tonight … love m:)X

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  6. Annie Maurer says:

    What a surprise….guess what I made for dinner last night…the very same Vegetarian chilli…..some slight variations on your recipe and I don’t have a slow cooker so mine went on the stove top and only cooked for a short while…leftovers for lunch today. But good tasting and I will give your recipe a whirl next time. We also mostly love meat ( one daughter is vegetarian….animal lover..can’t bare to eat them) but try to have at least one meatless meal a week….supposedly healthier and good for the planet!
    Love your new look website and so thrilled I can easily go back and catch up on all the BC happenings I have missed. Love to you and your family…prayers and good wishes for you all still coming your way Annie M xo

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  9. DeAna says:

    I SO want to do once a week all veggies. I’m gonna try it and see if the world comes to an end…

  10. Tracy says:

    Sarah, I made this last night. Yummmmm. Thanks for the great recipes. Many of them are now made regularly at our house. Chickpea chirozo stew is made at least once a month. Thanks!