Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili RECIPE

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Nutritional Info
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 141.3
  • Total Fat: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 12.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 23.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.6 g
  • Protein: 7.2 g

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Introduction

Cut out the fat by leaving out the meat. This thick stew is perfect on top of a baked potato. For a thinner soup, add water. Cut out the fat by leaving out the meat. This thick stew is perfect on top of a baked potato. For a thinner soup, add water.

Ingredients

    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
    • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 15 oz. cans black beans, drained
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, chili powder, or chili seasoning mix
    • 1 tablespoon parsley, freshly chopped

Directions

1. Saute the onions and garlic in oil in a large sauce pan.

2. Add carrots, tomatoes, herbs, spices, and beans.

3. Cover (to retain moisture) and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.


Serves 6.



Reprinted with permission by Public Health Seattle & King County

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    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
    eliminate half of the carrots and half the black beans and add some brown lentils for a meaty taste and red beans for variety and richer flavor with little Nutritional difference except for more fibre The beans from cans
    should be well rinsed to remove salt.
    - 3/9/09


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    O.K.
    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
    I would call this a minimalists vegetarian stew. How can you call it chili when the recipe only calls for a "pinch" of chili spice. All you need to do to create a vegetarian chili that you will love is to take your favorite meat chili recipe, leave out the meat and add any vege's that you love. - 7/29/09


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    Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    It was quick and easy with a great flavor, although I did add extra chili powder to it. Made it a little too spicy. Next time I think I will use a can of diced stewed tomatoes to make a more tomatoe-y base. Very yummy though, it went great with our baked potatoes. - 9/15/08


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    Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This is good, but you can omit the oil by using o calorie / o fat vegetable oil spray. I saute and fry w/ it all the time.You will lower the fat grams and the calories if you do it this way! - 9/10/08


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    Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I prefer a greater variety of beans and vegetables, as well as fresh oregano and thyme, in my vegetarian chili. - 3/9/09


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    O.K.
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    It seemed like it's missing something. Not enough spices and needs a little more tomato base; really had to adjust it to be able to eat it. - 9/20/08


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    Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I made this for myself over the weekend, and just loved it. Should have put more chili powder in it, + I used stewed tomates and added 1 can of water. I ate it over the weekend, & was proud that I made & ate it with NO meat in it. Doesn't make 6 servings (unless for a child.) - 9/22/08


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    Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    TOTALLY YUMMY!!! I substituted 15oz can of diced tomatoes, less onion,chili flakes ,cumin, and some Morningstar Grillers starters. I simmered an extra 5 minuted with out the lid to thicken it. Hubby loved it. Served with herb roasted potatoes and a spinach salad! - 3/8/09


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    Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    After reading the other comments, I added a few different ingredients and found this extremely delicious and my family loved it. Instead of chili powder I always use chili pepper, I added smoked paprika, and added more tomatoes. We loved the outcome. - 7/29/09


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    Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I will try this tonight. But...I will add much more Chili powder, plus add cumin, pepper flakes and veg or beef broth to make it a bit soupier. Maybe canned tomatoes instead of fresh, which should thicken it up also. - 3/9/09


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    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a tasty recipe. I made mine a little extra spicey by adding some fresh chili peppers - 3/9/09


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    Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love the variety of veggie chili and add lots of different items to jazz up the colors. Corn, chopped bell peppers and diced zucchini are great. I season until it's the way I want. Depending on the batch of chili powder, I use more or less. Also, not too fond of garlic, so I adjust to taste. - 7/29/09


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    Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Very similar to a dish I make. I add a can of corn and sometimes I use cannellini (white kidney beans.) - 3/11/09


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    Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was fabulous! I substituted a cup of TVP (textured vegetable protein) for one of the cans of beans. I put fresh cilantro on top instead of parsley. Easy and hearty. - 4/29/08


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    Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My daughter and I have had a lot of fun with this recipe. Very simple and tasty as it is but easy to modify. We've added celery to the saute step, a pinch of cummin, and even tried celery salt and onion salt for seasoning. Frozen corn works and a bit of cooked chicken breast for the flexitarians. - 9/17/08


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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds good and I may make it tonight to go on the baked potatoes I had already planned for dinner. I have a mild fresh chili that I will mince and add. I like the idea of adding a green pepper to it, too. Have some of those in the refrigerator. - 9/10/08


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    O.K.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe as is is bland, so you definitely want to adjust it to your liking. I always divide the recipe in half and use one can of diced tomatoes, a lot of chili powder, cumin and red paper flakes, and add frozen broccoli for some color...yields around 4 servings, and is SOOOO good. My favorite. - 2/20/11


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    M M Good - 7/29/09


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe, even my husband liked it! - 3/12/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    mmmmm GREAT with a Hot Dog.... - 3/9/09


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    Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Good but I added a bit more chili powder. I like meat in my chili and may add some ground turkey next time. - 3/9/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great tasting recipe that is also quick! Wonderful on rice!! - 1/14/09


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We loved this recipe! Was even better the next day. - 1/2/09


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was a very good recipe especially whe using the cilantro instead. - 10/17/08


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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This looks like a good basic recipe, I might use two different kinds of beans, one can black one can kidney or garbanzo beans. I would also use cilantro and up the spices like adding cumin. Thanks! - 9/13/08


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    Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Fabulous!!! I added a little crushed red pepper to kick it up a notch. I will definately make this again. - 9/10/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    OMG!! i would definitely do this agian, i used spray olive oil, 0 fat & 0 calories, i also added an extra pinch of chayanne pepper, added salt&pepper, and instead of parsley i added cilantro. It was delicious! I'm definitely going to continue expeimenting with this recipe, possibilities are endless! - 9/10/08


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    One of my favorite recipes on SparkPeople so far...this is coming from a non bean eater!!! LOL Great and filling! Yummy! - 4/28/08


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great quick meal. Served it to guests and had rave reviews. You can use any dark bean. I have used dark kidney beans and punched up the heat a little with a little chili. - 4/27/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I found this to be a delicious meal without meat. It will become one of our families favorites... and I will amke it often... My hat is off to the chef!!! Never had black beans before, what a wonderful surprise... - 3/25/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was tasty and so, so quick and easy!! It took about 5 minutes to throw together. I added cilantro, but I was out of carrots. Next time! - 3/21/08


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Not only did I love this but I make it all the time now...sometimes in a crock pot. I add a lot more chili seasoning than is called for and I put Jalapenos on it before I eat it. Also, its great to store in containers for leftovers. I throw some low fat mexican cheese on it before I heat it and BAM! - 3/17/08


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    Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It turned out ok but not fabulous. Will try others to compare. - 3/12/08


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    Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    for extra flavor you can add taco, fajita seasoning or some hot sauce .. other than that good chili - 12/20/07


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love this recipe. I add grated carrots with the onions and less garlic. I love the ease of this chili and the low calories and fat! Thank you. - 9/25/07


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I enjoyed this for lunch today! Lo-cal and tasty! - 3/27/07


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    I like the idea of the lentils. Will try this. I'll add chili powder & other seasonings to my taste. - 5/20/21


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    I also added some cumin and basil to this. It's quite good. - 4/19/21


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    Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 3/25/21


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    looks like mine but I did add potatoes. - 12/2/19


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    Incredible!
    Very good!
    - 11/23/19


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    Do not get beans in cans so will use cooked beans & other veggies too - 4/5/19


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    How do you make sure the calories are so low? It seems like some of these items used would be over the calorie intake individually. Any tips? - 1/29/18


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    O.K.
    It didn't have a lot of flavor and was really too dry for me to consider it "chili". If I tried it again, I would definitely add more seasoning and maybe a can of crushed tomatoes. - 10/17/17


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    Incredible!
    looks good. - 6/12/17


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    Very Good
    I've put in a mixture of vegetables instead of just carrots, added some chili and some cury and I Love it!
    Great recipe!
    - 4/30/16


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    Incredible!
    Very tasty and easy to make. I added 1/4 t. chili powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper. I also substituted 1-10 ounce can of "diced tomatoes with green chilies" for the fresh tomatoes. This recipe make about 4 nice size servings. - 8/16/14


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    Incredible!
    love this recipe and have made it dozens of times. I use a half packet of hot chili seasoning (McCormick) and a shake of garlic salt. - 5/20/13


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    Very Good
    Lots of great advice on the comments below. Used stewed tomatoes and two kinds of beans. - 7/21/12


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    Good
    Needed a bit more kick for my taste, but good - 5/7/12


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    Good
    I liked this recipe, as it was not too spicy. My stomach cannot handle spicy foods of any kind, so I thought this was good. My husband would have liked it spicier, so I handed him the spices to put in his bowl. I did not have black beans on hand, so I used great northern beans. It was good. - 2/16/12


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    I'm making this tonight, but adding TVP, either chili beans or kidney or both, & rice. - 1/15/12


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    Very good.. We will be eating this again! - 1/14/12


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    Incredible!
    Great recipe to add lots of misc veggies from frig cleanout (celery, red/orange bell peppers, carrots, gr. onions), added crushed tomatoes, tom sauce, smoked paprika, cayenne pwdr, cumin, and lots of chili pwdr. Replaced blk beans with pinto. Also added mexican soy crumbles for meat texture. A+++ - 1/4/12


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    O.K.
    Quick and easy to prepare but i felt it as lacking something - 12/30/11


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    Incredible!
    First time we tried it and liked it - enough to try again. This time we used a 15 bean home-cooked base, added more chili and added a can of chopped green chili's. We liked the variation better. This is high praise from a confirmed carnivore like me. - 12/2/11


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    Good
    Very basic chili - 11/8/11


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    Very Good
    Like this but added more chili powder than called for. - 11/7/11


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    Very Good
    I was afraid of this recipe. No meat? 141 calories? Sounded like a disaster. But I tried and it was very good! Good flavor and low calories. Awesome! - 11/2/11


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    Incredible!
    Loved this chili!! - 9/30/11


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    very good taste like chili just add a little more chili seasoning - 9/26/11


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    Very Good
    Very good, but next time I won't drain the beans. It seemed a bit dry, and I think I'd like it more soupy. But, all in all, a great, easy, low-cal recipe!
    - 9/6/11


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    Very Good
    added more chili power and topped with 2.5 slices of cheddar! Used it as dip for some unsalted crackers. - 9/1/11


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    Good
    It wasn't quite a "chili" in my mind. I subbed 2 cans of diced tomatoes in for fresh ones, added more spices, a green pepper, and a jalapeno; and it was pretty good. More like soup than chili consistency. - 8/3/11


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    Very Good
    I never made chili before, but am trying to get used to beans in my diet. I added red and white rinsed canned beans and some chili sauce also green peppers and it was very good .
    Aso added a little cooked pasta to stretch for a second meal.
    - 6/24/11


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    Very Good
    I made this and froze the leftovers in individual servings for future lunches and it tastes better the second and third time! Really good :-) - 6/22/11


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    Very Good
    loved it. Modified it for our tastes by using 1/4 cup salsa instead of chili powder and adding drained can corn. - 6/12/11


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    Incredible!
    i used white beans but this was good - 5/6/11


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    Very Good
    yum - 5/5/11


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    Very Good
    I added curry, turmeric, and cumin as well as sun dried and roasted tomatoes. I also added some kidney beans. It was great! I like how easy the recipe is.. I am nervous in the kitchen. :-) This was my first time adding seasonings not called for.. Simply because I wanted their health benefits. :-) - 4/17/11


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    Very Good
    I am not one for vegetarian foods,but thought I would try since I liked every ingredient in it. This was absolutely delicious and very flavorful. Instead of the fresh tomatoes I put canned diced tomatoes which added more flavor. - 4/15/11


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    Very Good
    To crock pot add water - 4/13/11


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    I gave this recipe four stars because it was very easy to make and surprisingly good. I usually like a lot of vegetables in my chili so I was skeptcal of this one. The only changes I made was more chili powder and since I only had one can of black beans in the house, I add a can of red kidney bean - 3/23/11


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    Incredible!
    I think I've made this a dozen times. I LOVE it! I leave out the oil, and just toss everything else together in the crock pot on low. It smells amazing after 5 or 6 hours. I also add 1 t. liquid smoke, and 1 t. splenda to mine. Delish! A can of corn can be a nice caloric replacement for the oil. - 3/14/11


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    I like mine mild ! I cook my own beans from dry, put them in freezer in 2 cup portions then take them out and use for "15oz can" of beans - after making the recipe, I take out a couple portions for me and very young children and then spice it up the remainder for husband and older kids - 3/7/11


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    Very Good
    I halved the recipe, and substituted oregano for parsley, and this was just delicious with some low-fat sour cream and reduced fat cheddar. - 2/22/11


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    Very Good
    I found this recipe to be a good basic idea of what to put in veggie chili. I enjoyed how it tasted, but I did add more tomatoes, chili powder and a bit of salt to taste. Really yummy with a bit of cheddar cheese on top too! I would make it again and have more fun experimenting. - 2/19/11


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    Very Good
    I like it. - 2/15/11


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    Incredible!
    Trying this one tonight :) - 2/12/11


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    Good
    I liked this dish, but my boys were not crazy about it. They are not tomato lovers. I did find the longer I let it simmer, it got more flavour. - 2/2/11


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    Incredible!
    I made this tonight and thought it was wonderful!!!!! I will make this again. I added more than a pinch of chili powder and it was plenty tasty!! - 2/1/11


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    Very Good
    Definitely a recipe with potential. I added some diced red pepper for more vegetable base, substituted a can of Rotel for the chopped tomatoes, and added a can of tomato sauce to bring it together. Didn't use chili packet (lots of sodium), but added S&P, cumin, cayenne, oregano, adobo, and chili - 1/23/11


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    Incredible!
    I loved this recipe. I cut the amounts in half to make 3 servings instead. I didn't have any chili powder, so left it out. I was amazed at how good it tasted! I will make this again. - 1/19/11


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    Very Good
    I really enjoyed this Chili! I would reccomend that it be eaten fresh. I hade some leftovers and it wasn't as tasty. - 1/18/11


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    Very Good
    I like my food hot, so I added more chili powder and sauteed a jalapeno pepper too. It was very good on top of the baked potatoe! Also, I like serving sizes to be more specific than serves 6. I used one cup on top of my baked potatoe, hoping that is one serving size. - 1/16/11


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    Very Good
    So quick and easy. My picky eater husband even ate some. Will tweek the spices a little next time for extra flavor. - 1/15/11


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    Delicious, just what I wanted it to taste like. I'll definitely do this many times! - 12/27/10


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    Good
    I don't care for beans, but this wasn't bad. I added 6 saltines to mine and some cheese when I ate my part, and I ate the whole bowl, my husband was surprised. - 12/19/10


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    Good
    I definitely had to add more chili. I added about 1/2 a cup of chili powder, some cayan pepper, and it was fine. - 12/19/10


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    Lunch today 2010/11/25 - 11/25/10


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    Incredible!
    Yum...I make this all the time. Love it! I add more spices though because i like my chili spicy! - 11/22/10


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    I love vegatarian chili. I'm a bean lover so I add a can of black beans and a can of kidney beans. I also think that cut up celery adds a lot to chili. ALso, I add green pepper! I made this last night and Iike to make extra because it's even better the second day! - 11/1/10


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    Good
    Like to have meat in my chili but this was good anyway. - 10/27/10


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    Very Good
    Recipe worked for me. I am not a vegetarian; however, this chili rocked. I was wowed especialy after adding some reduced fat sour cream and colby cheese on top. I will definitely make again. - 10/19/10


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    Incredible!
    yummy - 10/3/10


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    Good
    Was short on time so i made a cold salad version using the same ingredients and a little lime juive , not too bad - 9/27/10


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    Incredible!
    I made this and I loved it. I did add more chili powder and some green bell pepper. Next time I think I will add some other peppers and maybe some celery. Yummy - 9/10/10


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    Incredible!
    This was yummy and very quick - I added 1/2 t. salt, chili powder, and doubled the parsley. - 9/2/10


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    I love chili and have missed it since I gave up meat. I am glad to have this recipie to substitute for regular meat chili.
    - 8/27/10


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    This recipe sounds Great!!! I think I well try this one - 8/23/10