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Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

  • Author: Lauren
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large pot 1x


Keeping it simple and delicious with this Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe! One pot, basic ingredients, and 45 minutes is all you need!


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 - 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups water (plus more if needed as cooks)
  • 1/2 cup dry red lentils
  • 15 ounce can black beans
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans
  • 15 ounce can corn
  • Toppings of your choice


    1. Sauté - Add olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper to pot and season with salt and pepper. Sauté, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. 
    2. Add tomatoes & spices - Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, chili powder, cumin, and paprika, stirring until fully combined. Bring to a low boil over medium to high heat. 
    3. Simmer - Once chili is boiling, add the lentils and lower the heat to low so it comes to a gentle simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
    4. Add beans & corn - After lentils have cooked, add the black beans, kidney beans, and corn. Mixing until fully combined. Bring the chili back to a simmer on low heat and cover for 15 minutes so the flavors can come together. Stirring occasionally.
    5. Taste & adjust - Adjust the seasonings to your taste. 
    6. Garnish - Garnish with your favorite toppings. Sour cream, cheese, jalapenos, and avocado are ours! 


  • To adjust spices: For smokiness add more chili powder and cumin. If you need to balance the heat add 1 teaspoon of sugar at a time until you reach your desired taste. If you want to add more heat, add a diced jalapeño to the mix! 
  • To store: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze up to a month and a half.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes

Keywords: Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe