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7 Easy Veggie Chili Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Meat to Make It Hearty

Chili is one of those cozy dinners we make once a week come wintertime. We’re pretty much always craving a spicy, warm bowlful. Bonus: It’s one of the easiest dishes to make vegetarian without changing much flavor or texture. So if you’re trying to cut back on meat or just get in more veg on a regular basis, veggie chili recipes are a must-have. These nine vegetarian (and some vegan!) chilis are just waiting to be made.

Veggie Chili: Red Lentil

Photo: Minimalist Baker

Red lentils and beans make for a super-filling chili that’s the best possible solution to warm up a cold winter’s night. The thick, stewy texture won’t leave you hungry for a second dinner either.

Veggie Chili: Sweet Potato and Quinoa

Photo: Simply Quinoa

Expand your chili-horizons and throw cubed sweet potato and quinoa into a black bean-based veggie chili. For added easiness, the whole recipe can be dumped into a slow cooker and forgotten about until it’s time to eat.

Veggie Chili: Pinto Bean and Corn

Photo: Umami Girl

Classic chili minus the meat doesn’t taste like it’s missing anything, so you best put on a pot of this pinto bean chili ASAP. A side of cornbread is definitely not optional.

Veggie Chili: Miso Tempeh

Photo: Dishing Out Health

Nope, that’s no typo: This chili has miso paste in it, and it is awesome. The savory paste adds a level of depth to the broth—other veggie versions just can’t compete.

Veggie Chili: Lentil

Photo: Little Broken

While beans seem a no-brainer for vegetarian chili, give lentils a chance this time. Their quick-to-absorb tendencies make for a super-flavorful base to tomatoes, onions, pepper, and garlic. Our favorite part is that it’s self-thickened: Blend a few cups of the cooked chili until smooth, then stir it back into the pot.

Veggie Chili: Chickpea

Photo: Two Peas and Their Pod

White chicken chili is a classic, but who says chickpeas can’t take chicken’s place every now and then? This way-too-easy recipe uses a jar of salsa verde (which you might even have in your kitchen cabinet right now) and spices galore.

Veggie Chili: Tempeh

Photo: Homespun Capers

This smoky tempeh chili is best served with a bowl of rice and a dollop of zingy cashew cream. But TBH we’re ready to grab a bag of chips and start dunking, how about you?

Updated: January 20, 2017 — 4:30 pm

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