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Vegetarian Chili Recipe for Meat Eaters, New Vegetarians, and classic-American-Food Vegetarians

Here's a hearty, easy-to-prepare, stick-to-the-ribs vegetarian chili recipe for meat eaters looking to cut down on cholesterol and calories.



Vegetarian Chili Recipe

by Rick Hill, Ph.D.

It's also a perfect vegetarian chili recipe for new vegetarians who want to impress friends who say, "You're a vegetarian? What do you EAT?"

Nothing fancy or organic, here---any working single person, college student, or fast-food fan can put together this vegetarian chili recipe with minimum time and hassle.


Large frying pan
Sharp steak knife
Microwave oven

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can stewed tomatoes, drained

1 can corn, drained and rinsed
1-2 cups tomato sauce
1 medium onion; chopped and sautéed in vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Chili powder
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground cumin
1 or 2 packages Gardenburger (r) Riblets

Gardenburger Riblets have the closest texture to beef of any meat substitute on the market. They're meant to be a barbeque dish, but they work even better as the crowning glory of this vegetarian chili recipe.

1. To get started with this unique vegetarian chili recipe, fry the onions while you defrost the Riblets in your microwave for 45 seconds. If you don't have a microwave, defrost the Riblets for an hour or so ahead of time.

2. Next step for this mouthwatering vegetarian chili recipe: Take the Riblets from the plastic bag and chop them into bite size chunks. You can discard the extra barbeque sauce in the bag or add it for an extra tang. In any case, no need to rinse the Riblets.

3. Add the Riblets to the onion, and sauté a few more minutes at high temperature.

4. Add the beans, corn, and tomatoes and stir them all together. Your vegetarian chili recipe is almost there.

5. Pour in tomato sauce---less if you like thick chili, more if you like your chili soupy.

6. Sprinkle in the soy sauce, chili powder, and cumin

7. Turn down heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

This hearty and easy-to-prepare vegetarian chili recipe serves two or three skeptical friends, who'll have trouble believing it's vegetarian chili.

You can also keep the leftovers and warm them up for a couple of future meals---This vegetarian chili recipe tastes as good or better the second and third day. Serve with salad plus cornbread, biscuits, or bread and margarine. ENJOY!

Go to the GardenBurger website for more info on the crowning glory of your vegetarian chili recipe!

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Rick Hill, Ph.D. writes articles, fiction, and poetry and teaches writing at the college level. His new book of poems, No Hands, can be ordered here.


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Vegetarian Chili Recipe