Help pack a million meals for struggling seniors on 9-11. Volunteer today



Most Popular


Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili — Rita Maas/Getty Images

You can make a robust vegetarian chili with common pantry items. Feel free to change around beans, spices and vegetables depending on what you have in the house. I love chipotle chilies in adobo sauce and always have a few cans around. Substitute any other fresh or canned chiles.

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

6 garlic cloves, minced

3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

1 (3.5-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

3 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 dried bay leaf

2 (15-ounce) cans beans (kidney, pinto, black, cannelini), rinsed and drained

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 (10-ounce) package frozen corn

 1 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate (or 2 tablespoons cocoa)

Beer, as needed

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Brown rice, cooked

Sliced black olives, shredded cheese, sour cream or yogurt as condiments

Heat oil in large heavy pot over medium heat and sauté onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden, about 1 minute more.

Add tomatoes with juice, chiles, chili powder, cumin, oregano and bay leaf. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add beans, green pepper, corn and chocolate. Bring to a simmer and cook until chili thickens, 40-45 minutes. If chili seems too dry, add a little beer. Season to taste with salt, pepper and chili powder.

Remove bay leaf and serve over brown rice with small bowls of olives, cheese and sour cream or yogurt.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Services & Discounts

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

denny's restaurant member discount membership

Members save 15% all day, every day when dining at participating Denny’s restaurants.

Pepperoni Pizza, Papa Johns Superbowl promotion for AARP members

Members save 25% off regular menu price orders at Papa John's

Outback membership benefit aarp festive steak dinner

Members save 15% on lunch and dinner every day at Outback Steakhouse.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.