Not much tastes better to me on a blustery, cold winter’s day than a bowl of this hearty vegetarian chili. It warms me from the inside out and makes an easy and nutritious meal.
When I first started making chili, I cooked it with meat, but after a while I realized that I didn’t really want the meat, just the good stuff that came along with it. So I left it out, and and played around with different kinds of canned beans and canned veggies and it evolved into a hearty vegetarian chili my kids and I can’t get enough of.
I always make a big pot so I have plenty of leftovers for the week and to freeze for later. Reheated chili is as good as the day it’s made!
Since it’s National Canned Food Month, it’s the perfect time to share this recipe, as it includes so many yummy canned veggies. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
I really like cooking with canned food because the nutrition, freshness and flavor is sealed in naturally at the peak of ripeness. The quality remains top notch until the day I decide to open the cans and get cooking.
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By the time we get to Thursday night dinner, most of our groceries have been used up, we’re tired from a long week and we don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so we’re often tempted to call for takeout. But Cantry Thursdays are a reminder to look in our Cantry, because canned foods make homemade easy!
Canned foods are available year-round and there’s less prep, so keeping a well-stocked pantry — “Cantry” — helps you make it through the week while serving your family healthy, homemade meals you’ll feel good about.
And you’ll be ladling up big spoonfuls of goodness (like my hearty vegetarian chili) to your family too.
Visit Cans Get You Cooking for recipe inspiration and more. Unlock the goodness of canned foods and get cooking!
Hearty Vegetarian Chili
- 1 can 15.5-oz dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can 15.5-oz light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can 15.5-oz chili beans
- 1 can 15.25-oz whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 can garbanzo beans chickpeas, drained
- 1 can 14.5-oz petite cut diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 can 10-oz diced tomatoes with habaneros
- 1 can 15-oz tomato sauce + 1 can water
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup diced green pepper
- 3 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
Combine all ingredients in 6-quart stockpot (or larger) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and let simmer for 2-3 hours.
Choose a canned tomato variety based on whether you like a little more or a little less heat.
What are your favorite chili “Cantry” ingredients?