Vegetarian Chili

Great chili recipes don't always have to incorporate meat as an ingredient. There are numerous recipes for vegetarian chili that are so flavorful and so satisfying, that the omission of meat is hardly noticed. The delicious vegetarian chili recipe featured in this excellent video demonstration includes a variety of garden-fresh vegetables, such as bell peppers, plum tomatoes, yellow squash, and zucchini. Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) add a distinctive touch and pair nicely with the traditional kidney beans found in most chili recipes.

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Vegetarian recipes don't have to be boring. If you're into healthy eating or simply on a diet, omitting the ground beef makes a huge difference in the fat content.

This vegetarian chili recipe makes great use of high-fiber foods, such as kidney beans. They have eight grams of protein and six grams of fiber in just one-half cup. Kidney beans have been known to boost brain function and are a great addition to a diabetic diet.

This is the best chili recipe that I've found that doesn't use meat. Okay, let's start with the ingredients. I've got two cans of garbanzo beans and two cans of kidney beans; each can is fifteen ounces. First, we're going to dice one and half onions…four whole cloves of garlic. If you're still wanting that meaty texture in this vegetarian chili, try adding a taco-flavored soy product. One green bell pepper and one yellow bell pepper. Okay, next we're going to dice one yellow squash and one green zucchini. Here's a quick tip: after chopping your ingredients, place them in a separate bowl until you are ready to assemble. Next, I have a small bunch of flat-leaf parsley or Italian parsley that I'm going to give a rough chop to. Now, I'm going to dice five Roma tomatoes or plum tomatoes.

Okay, I've got my pot preheated on medium-high, and I'm going to start by adding the oil, onion, garlic, and zucchini and squash. Now I add two tablespoons of chili powder, one tablespoon of cumin, one tablespoon of dried basil, one tablespoon of dried oregano.

Now it's time to add the tomatoes, the beans, the fresh lime juice, and the parsley. Now I add one twenty-eight-ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes, followed by our fresh tomatoes, then our beans. Now add your chopped parsley and juice from half a lime. Okay, now I'm going to cover and simmer for about an hour.

Oh, this looks great! I like to garnish with a little sour cream and some grated cheddar cheese and my favorite hot sauce. Who thought eating healthy could taste so good. Thanks for tubing in.

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