Vegetarian chili to warm the soul

It’s getting to be that time of year again.

That time when trees start to lose their leaves.

Fall leaves on ground

That time when the weather starts to get dull and grey.

That time when scarves are no longer worn for the purpose of looking cute, but because they’re necessary to stay warm.

That time when all I crave are comforting foods to warm me up after a cold day on campus.

To me, the ultimate comfort food is chili. It reminds me of winter family dinners back when my sister and I both still lived at home. Dad would simmer our chili over the stove for hours letting the flavours blend and my mom would make the most out-of-this-world tea biscuits, half of them with grated cheese cooked into them. And then as we sat down to eat, dad would ask mom to pass him a tea biscuit and she would pick one up at chuck it at his head. True story.

Vegetarian chili

I may not get to have those family dinners now that I’m away at school, but cooking myself a big pot of chili always helps to evoke the feeling of comfort from being at home.

Vegetarian chili

Serves 6-8 | Vegetarian and gluten free

1.5 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
12 white button mushrooms, chopped
1 tbsp cumin
1.5 tbsp chili powder
1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes
1 750-mL jar of tomato sauce
1 19-oz can of kidney beans
1 19-oz can of white kidney beans or pinto beans
Salt and pepper

Chop your veggies then heat 1-2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and add your onions. Let them saute until translucent, but watch to make sure they don’t brown. Then add in your green peppers and saute until soft. Add the mushrooms last.

Once the mushrooms are soft, add your cumin and chili powder and stir well. Cook for another 1-2 minutes then add the canned diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.

I’m going to have to disappoint you here: the reason this chili is so good is because I used my family’s home canned tomato sauce that my parents make every year. It’s amazing! But I’m sure you’ll be able to make your chili almost as good by using a commercial brand.

Our tomato sauce is pretty watery, so I let this chili simmer down for about an hour over medium-low heat. Then I added the two cans of beans and let it cook for another 15 minutes or so.

Serve with toppings of your choice. Some ideas: cheddar cheese, cilantro, Greek yogurt, avocado, tortilla chips, and baked tortilla strips.

Vegetarian chili

I’ve been enjoying a bowl (or two!) of this chili every day for the past few days. And luckily I still have some pumpkin cornbread from the freezer to have alongside it. It’s the perfect comfort food meal!

What’s your favourite comfort food?

What meals remind you of home?

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20 Responses to Vegetarian chili to warm the soul

  1. That's so cool your family cans tomato sauce, I bet it's delicious :)My favorite comfort food is fried okra and my mom's lasagna always reminds me of home mmm! Have a great Saturday!!

  2. Comfort food for me is a veggie sausage spaghetti bake…my mom makes the best marinara sauce, loads it with a boatload of veggies, olives, veggie sausages and tops it with cheddar…so simple yet so delicious!

  3. Oh Sweetie! This looks fantastic! Love the recipe :D

  4. This sounds great! I definetly am making this :)

  5. I love chilli, one of my staples so easy, cheap, convient, and healthy to make.

  6. oh gosh. Chili is a memorable food for sure. Before my eating disorder and my dad's allergy to tomatoes (yes!) we would use our own dried beans and hand squeezed tomato sauce to make chili in the crockpot. I would grate cheese all over that sucker and dig in. Good memories, I hope I can indulge in that again sometime soon- vegetarian, however.

  7. Chili is such a comfort food for me!!! There is just something SO amazing about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ooh this looks awesome! i just got a bean soup mix from bobs red mill and i think you just inspired me to make some chili with it!! ps love your blog! :)

  9. Chili with plenty of cheese is definitely a comfort food.I think my comfort food is a grilled cheese. Mmmm :)

  10. Mmmm chili and cornbread is definitely one of my comfort foods! This looks great!And i just posted the other day about that meal at the Greater Boston Buddhist Center that reminded me of home!

  11. I am so excited to break out the scarves. They're so fun to wear and can spice up a simple outfit.Chili and stirfry are my comfort foods. My mom always makes them during the winter! Breaded chicken used to be my very favorite, but I don't do the whole chicken thing anymore so she makes me eggplant when everyone else has chicken. It's so good!

  12. Chili makes the perfect comfort food! I love the simple ingredients in yours. :) It looks delicious!

  13. I love chili!! I didn't when I was younger, but thankfully, I've grown out of that. :) Yours looks wonderful!My favorite comfort food is probably my grandma's mac and cheese. She makes the BEST mac and cheese!!! :D

  14. That chilli looks incredible! I'm gonna have to show this to my mom. It's definitely her favorite comfort food :)

  15. I adore chilli in cold weather!

  16. Man, that chili looks soooo good. My favorite comfort food is a dish with butter, cream, or bacon in it :P

  17. Taleggio is awesome on pasta with tomatoes, basil and balsamic. That pasta bake looks awesome!

  18. I love how colorful your meals are… they are so pretty (almost too pretty to eat). But I'm sure they are delicious. I am loving your blog so far and am so glad I stumbled upon it!

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