healthy vegetarian chili

Vegetarian chili of all varieties has always been a family favorite. There’s nothing like a recipe full of protein, fiber, and beneficial spices. However, some may prefer not to eat chili as the beans may bring on intestinal discomfort.

Because of the tremendous benefits, though, I encourage you give ’em another chance!

Here are 5 things you can do to help reduce the less-than-desirable effects (gas & bloating) of beans in your diet …

  1. Go slow — Add beans into your diet slowly. Start with just a few tablespoons and build up to more.
  2. Soak and rinse beans well (4-6 hrs.) before you cook them. If you use canned beans, rinse them even more.
  3. Cook the beans until they are very soft.
  4. Chew — Eat slowly and chew each bite well.
  5. Add the following spices to reduce gas: ginger, fennel, cumin, chili powder, garlic.

To Healthy Eating!


Healthy Vegetarian (No-Bloat) Chili

A flavorful, easy-to-prepare dish filled with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants!
Course Main Dish, Side Dish, Soups & Stews
Servings 8 people


  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 3/4 cups Tomato Purée
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 1 med Sweet Potato Or pumpkin.
  • 2 cans Kidney beans Or white beans.
  • 3 cans Diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Corn
  • 1 cups Red Lentil, dry
  • 2 cups water I replace water with vegetable broth.
  • 1 Chili Use two chilies if you like it hot, or 1/2 tsp. chili flakes.
  • 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate

Pick and Choose from these No-Bloat Spices

  • 1 tsp Fennel
  • 1 Tbsp cumin Ground.
  • 1 tsp Ginger

Add Optional Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Omit if Vegan; use veggie broth or water.
  • Sea Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Raw honey Omit if Vegan.
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar Or use balsamic vinegar instead.
  • large dollop Yogurt for topping Regular or Vegan
  • Dark Chocolate Sprinkle more on top.


  • Chop the onions, garlic & veggies. Sauté in a large pot or dutch oven, using a little vegetable broth (or water).
  • Sauté for a few minutes and add the spices of your choice ... I added cumin, paprika and chili flakes. Add tomato purée. You will start smelling the fragrance of the spices.
  • Add kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, lentils and two cups of water.
  • Let everything simmer for 30-45 minutes. Stir frequently. Add more water if necessary. Lentils may take a little more time to cook.
  • While the chili cooks, roughly chop the dark chocolate. Add chopped chocolate to chili along with sea salt and pepper. Add other optional items if you wish.
  • Garnish with more chopped chocolate and a dollop of yogurt, parsley or cilantro.


Melissa's Modifications:  If you desire a meatier chili, you can always add ground beef, chicken, or other meat. If you are vegetarian/Vegan, use plant-based crumbles.
Pair with a fresh garden salad and Dave's Killer Whole-Grain Bread for a perfect meal!
Nutritional Value: 372 Calories; 5g Fat; 0 Cholesterol; 15g Fiber; 39g Carbs; 19g Protein
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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