Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili

Y’all, it’s mid-November, and most of the blogosphere is sharing their best Thanksgiving recipes. But me?! I’m freezing and enjoying warm soups. So, I think it’s time for a chili recipe because surely some of you would love to enjoy chili by a cozy fireplace too! Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)

Most chilis contain beans, but as y’all know I had a bit of bean phobia growing up. The smell of Boston Baked Beans in my elementary school meant that I didn’t try any beans until recently. So, while this recipe isn’t bean-less, it introduces in some new ingredients you don’t typically find in a chili- corn and edamame. And, you’ll love these new textures.

I try to keep all my recipes as allergy friendly as possible, which means this dish is perfect for any celiac in your life. It’s also dairy free, etc. And, you can sub out the edamame for beans if you have a soy allergy.

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)
Click here for the full recipe.

Maybe you can’t see all the flavor in this picture, but I hope you can. There’s a depth of spices accompanied by the fire-roasted tomatoes that will waft an inviting smell through your home. And, since you can’t smell it from there, I invite you to read the recipe, so you can envision the smell and maybe prepare this dish yourself!

And while you read, I’ll be headed over to the fireplace to read one of my favorite books, The Amazing Adventurs of Kavalier and Clay. It’s been calling my name! Let me know below if you’ve read this classic before too!

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili

Allergens: Contains Soy. Celiac Friendly.


  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 – 5 tbsp. McCormick Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. coarse black pepper
  • Two 16 oz. cans Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • Two  28 oz. cans Muir Glen fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • One 15 oz. can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • One 16 oz. bag frozen corn
  • Two 12 oz. bags frozen shelled edamame

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)


  1. Heat the canola oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook 5 minutes or until tender.
    Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)
    Adding in the Onions!

    Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)
    Wait until they’re tender. 🙂
  3. Add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients.

    Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)
    Put it all together! Yum!
  5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)
  6. Thin with a little water, if necessary, for desired consistency.
  7. Top with your favorite toppings: scallions, crushed corn chips, cheese/sour cream for the dairy eaters, etc.
    Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)
    Time to Enjoy!

    Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili (GF, DF)
    I like to enjoy mine with a corn muffin!

Of course, I’m bringing this dish to my favorite party in the blogosphere- Fiesta Friday!  Thank you so much to Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Stef @ The Kiwi Fruit for co-hosting this week. What’s your favorite soup to enjoy on a cold day? Any book in particular that you’d love to curl up by the fireplace with tonight?

Happy Friday, and have a wonderful weekend!

13 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chili

  1. I make vegetarian chilli all the time for my daughter. Sometimes I add crumbled tofu or tempeh, but I haven’t tried edamame, and she loves the stuff! Next time I’ll try edamame.

    1. Ah, yes! We’ve never tried crumbled tofu or tepah! I like all the different textures that you bringing by using edamame, corn, etc. Happy FF, and thanks for running the fiesta as always, Angie.

  2. I love all kinds of chili especially because you can add whatever you want and make it your own special recipe. You have done just that Kaila – thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday 🙂

    1. Ah, yes! It’s amazing how much you can modify chili recipes to meet your own taste preferences! One of our favorite chilis uses cider too. Yum! Happy FF, and have a fantastic weekend! 😀

  3. This chili looks healthy and colorful! I will definitely keep this recipe in mind next time I make chili, which will probably be soon. Thank you for sharing it!

  4. Yummy I love the sound of this!!! All the spices and flavours are fantastic and I especially love the twist with the edamame, I myself am a huge fan of edamame. Yummy!! I also could not agree more it is so chilli season, we had the first snow yesterday and It’s chilli for dinner tonight 🙂
    Thanks for bringing it to FF. Have an awesome weekend!

    1. Thanks, Stef! I always find the first snow of the year to be so exciting. And, while the weather is getting colder, I love my stews and chilis, so I’m looking forward to more at future fiestas too. Happy FF, and thank you so much for co-hosting!! 🙂

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