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Vegetarian Chili for a Chilly Night

Posted Oct 06 2010 9:26pm


On Monday the weather finally felt like fall.  It grew steadily darker, windier, and the temperature dropped.


All I could think about was how excited I was to go home and make some chili.


I can’t take credit for this amazingly simple vegetarian chili recipe.  It comes from the brain of my friend Anna.  After she passed it on to me last year I couldn’t wait to make it again.


  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chili's
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • chili powder to taste
  • ground cumin to taste
  • dash of paprika
  • dash of cayenne

Sautee the onion and garlic in the vegetable oil over medium high heat until soft and translucent.

Dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 1-2 hours.




I added a dollop of 0% Greek Yogurt on top.  I love the creamy texture this adds to any soup or chili. 


chili soup4  


And Greg made his famous cornbread to accompany the chili.  So famous that I forgot to take a picture of it until it was half-way gone.




On another note I was reading a few nutrition related news stories and I came across this potentially controversial topic.  A study published in the British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concluded that an expecting mother may have 1-2 drinks a week without harming the fetus, contradicting what we have been telling expectant mothers for years.  While some are embracing the study others are concerned that the hype in the media will confuse pregnant women.  The March of Dimes is sticking by its zero tolerance policy, and the researchers did cite several weakness including self reported data and a lack of ability generalize the conclusions to all populations (ie: some populations have genetic predispositions to experience stronger effects from alcohol).


What do you think?  I know some expecting moms who have an occasional glass of wine and I don’t judge them.  But personally I just wouldn’t risk it.  I can handle forgoing the wine for 9 months for my own peace of mind and the health of my baby.

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