When the temperature drops, there’s no better time for a warm and nourishing bowl of chili. Not only does it feel like the equivalent of a hug in a bowl, but chili also packs in a full dose of veggies —especially if you’re making one of our chef-curated recipes.
Below are two of our favorite, plant-based chili recipes that can be made in just one pot:
Each one has a distinct flavor, but both are cold-weather essentials that taste just as delicious (if not better) as leftovers. Plus, you won’t see any animal derived ingredients in either recipe. Instead, you’ll see root vegetables, spices, and beans that give it a thick and hearty texture. Enjoy them with Cashew Sour Cream, topped with extra veggies, or let them stand alone. Either way, they’re sure to fill you up with comfort and feel-good foods.
1. Veggie Packed Chili
As the name suggests, this chili is packed with vegetables, such as cauliflower, onions, and tomatoes. The recipe is designed to be flexible to accommodate a variety of vegetables —so if you have a kitchen full of veggies that you don’t want to waste, this is a great recipe to take advantage of them. Looking for more texture and classic chili flavor? The Mushroom-Nut Ground ‘Beef’ is a perfect pair with this dish.
See the full recipe: Veggie Packed Chili.
2. Indian Masala Chili
Chili with a twist, this Indian Masala Chili is made with a lot of spices, including turmeric, cumin, and curry powder. It’s also packed with classic chili ingredients like onion, garlic, beans, and pepper. But like the veggie-packed chili recipe, it’s a flexible dish that can be adjusted to your flavor references and kitchen inventory.
See the full recipe: Indian Masala Chili.
Final notes about plant-based chili
Chili is packed with so many good foods in just one dish! Between the pantry staples and vegetables, this is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket when you’re craving something comforting on a cold day.
Here are some tips to make your vegetable chili stand out:
Make your own Chili Powder with a blend of spices
Add acidic at the end with lime or lemon wedges helps bring out the flavors
Be sure to drain the beans first
For more soup options, take a look at these Swich recipes: Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Vegetable Corn Chowder, and Minestrone Soup.
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