Greetings from a winter wonderland. Little icicles line the rooftops and the trees are encased in thick layers of dazzling ice. I’m warm and cozy inside with my family here in central Oklahoma.
We can’t be the only ones who are avoiding the grocery stores today, so I thought I’d share my new favorite vegetarian chili recipe. It’s perfect for watching football games with a crowd, since it’s a hearty meatless option that carnivores will enjoy. Plus, it can be vegan and gluten free if you choose your toppings carefully.
While the ingredients in this chili are super basic, the flavor is anything but. Simple ingredients can taste exceptional when they start off with aromatics like onion, carrot, celery and garlic. I added traditional chili spices and some smoked paprika for an extra-savory, smoky note.
Blending a small portion of the chili makes it look and taste like a chili that has been cooking all morning long, but it only needs about 30 minutes of simmering. That’s a little trick that I learned from my lentil soup , which is another cozy option for cold days.
Since we’re entering the season of holiday cooking and gift-giving, I thought I’d let you know that Vitamix has a great sale on their blenders right now (affiliate link). Their reconditioned blenders with my favorite blender container (the tall one) and settings for hot soups, smoothies and cold desserts are only $329, with free shipping! Offer ends on the 30th.
For the record, I have a reconditioned Vitamix and it’s as good as new. Please let me know if you have any Vitamix/Blendtec-related questions in the comments. I’ll be glad to help. Stay warm out there and I’ll be back soon with more holiday recipes!
Author: Cookie and Kate
Recipe type: Chili
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
If you love this recipe: You’ll also love my Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili and Sweet Potato Chili .
On canned tomatoes: *I recommend Muir Glen brand—their cans are BPA-free!
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