The Best Vegetarian Chili

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 359.0
  • Total Fat: 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 509.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 65.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 16.1 g
  • Protein: 13.6 g

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This some of the best chili I have ever made/eaten.

This some of the best chili I have ever made/eaten.

Number of Servings: 12


    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large yellow onion, chopped
    2 shallots, chopped
    8 small/med garlic cloves, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
    3 tablespoons chili powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
    1 chipotle pepper (from can or rehydrate), minced
    1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
    10 cups vegetable broth
    1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned is fine)
    2 1/4 cups black, brown, and/or green lentils, rinsed and picked over
    2/3 cup pearled barley or pearled farro
    2/3 cup bulgur wheat
    1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt (or to taste)

    toppings (opt): a bit of chopped serranos, a bit of feta or dollop of thinned out salted yogurt, a drizzle of equal parts chopped fresh oregano and olive oil, chopped onion


In a large stockpot pot over medium heat add the olive oil, onion, and shallots. When the onions soften up and get a bit translucent, add the garlic, ginger, chili powder and cumin. Stir well and cook for a minute of so, until everything gets quite fragrant. Stir in the serrano pepper and chipotle pepper, tomatoes, and 8 cups of the broth. Now add the chickpeas, lentils, barley/farro, and bulgur - stirring between each addition. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer. Take a taste of the broth a few minutes into the simmer - you can make adjustments for salt here - if you're using water in place of broth, you can add a teaspoon of salt for starters and add more later if needed.

Simmer away for about 35- 45 minutes or until the lentils and grains are cooked through. You will likely need to add the rest of the water, a cup at a time, if the chili thickens up too much. Before serving do your final adjustments - add more chipotle, salt, or whatever you think it needs and enjoy! I love this chili with a bit of feta or goat cheese on top and a big drizzle of olive oil, but I listed off a few other topping ideas up above.

A huge pot of chili - serves 12 or more.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user CATCH23.

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