Kid Friendly, Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe (2024)

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It is true. The thought of eating meatless meals can be a little bit scary. For some folks, meat is the very heart of every meal. But, let me assure you it is possible to make amazing vegetarian recipes that even the picky eaters in your house will love.

As the world buzzes with facts about the environmental and health benefits of cutting out meat (if only for one day of the week) it can feel overwhelming. As for kids – change is even scarier for kids. A meatless chili recipe!? My eldest daughter literally said, “the meat is my favourite part of chili!” Who knew?

New year, new goals and new recipes. Time to step outside of your comfort zone and take a chance on this delicious kid friendly vegetarian chili. No one will miss the meat.

Kid Friendly VegetarianChili

2 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, roughly chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter (if you have a nut allergy you can skip this ingredient or substitute with a seed butter)
3 red peppers, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
2 sweet potatoes (total 10 ounces), chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (smaller if you have picky potato eaters, * see the note below)
handful of little yellow potatoes, halved
2 x 19 fl oz cans mixed beans (chick peas, black beans, butter beans)
1 x 28 fl oz can whole plum tomatoes
1 x 28 fl oz can diced plum tomatoes
handful of cilantro stalks
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sour cream

In a cast iron dutch oven…if you don’t have a dutch oven, a large flat bottomed pot will suffice…heat oil over medium-high heat. Toss in the shallots, cumin, cocoa, paprika and peanut butter. Cook the onions and spices until the onions soften and the peanut butter melts. You will have a dark, onion paste.

Addin the peppers, sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes. Toss the peppers and potatoes in the paste until they are coated.

Add beans (with their liquid), tomatoes (with their liquid), cilantro stalks and salt. Stir until all the ingredients are combined. Bring the chilli to a boil and then drop to a simmer. Simmer for 1-2 hours…until the potatoes are soft.

Serve the chilli with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Now, what does “kid friendly” mean? I have two kids – one kid devoured the chilli and even took a thermos full for lunch the next day. The other kid picked her way around the sweet potatoes. I’ll take that. She loved the flavours…not the chunky potatoes. Lesson learned, next time I’ll chop the potatoes smaller. If you have a picky potato eater…chop those sweet potatoes smaller. Kid approved!

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Kid Friendly VegetarianChili

Who said that kids won't eat vegetables? Make a big batch of this vegetable packed chili and your kids will clean their bowls.

Prep Time20 minutes mins

Cook Time1 hour hr 30 minutes mins

Total Time1 hour hr 50 minutes mins

Course: dinner, lunch

Cuisine: American, canadian

Keyword: chili, vegetarian chili

Servings: 8 people

Calories: 469kcal

Author: Jen

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter if you have a nut allergy you can skip this ingredient or substitute with a seed butter
  • 3 red peppers chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 sweet potatoes total 10 ounces, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (smaller if you have picky potato eaters, * see the note below)
  • handful of little yellow potatoes halved
  • 2 x 19 fl oz cans mixed beans chick peas, black beans, butter beans
  • 1 x 28 fl oz can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 x 28 fl oz can diced plum tomatoes
  • handful of cilantro stalks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Instructions

  • In a cast iron dutch oven…if you don’t have a dutch oven, a large flat bottomed pot will suffice…heat oil over medium-high heat. Toss in the shallots, cumin, cocoa, paprika and peanut butter. Cook the onions and spices until the onions soften and the peanut butter melts. You will have a dark, onion paste.

  • Add in the peppers, sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes. Toss the peppers and potatoes in the paste until they are coated.

  • Add beans (with their liquid), tomatoes (with their liquid), cilantro stalks and salt. Stir until all the ingredients are combined. Bring the chilli to a boil and then drop to a simmer. Simmer for 1-2 hours…until the potatoes are soft.

Notes

Serve the chilli with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Nutrition Info is to be used as a rough guide only. Nutrition info is based on the products I am using and you may not be using the same products/brands. Thus, the nutrition info may vary.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 2072mg | Fiber: 18.9g | Sugar: 4.2g | Calcium: 1550mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 2072mg | Fiber: 18.9g | Sugar: 4.2g | Calcium: 1550mg | Iron: 1.3mg

This recipe is another twist on a Chef Jamie Oliver recipe – Smoky Veggie Chilli. I skipped using a grill…too cold to go outside and I didn’t have the time to use a stovetop grill. I also skipped serving the chilli with a baked potato. Instead, I added the little potatoes into the chilli itself. A few tweaks and this chilli has now been added to our regular rotation. You really cannot beat a big bowl of hot chilli on a cold, winter day.

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About Jen

Jen Farr is a mother living in Toronto, Canada. She has been sharing her DIY crafts, recipes, activities and parenting advice for over 15 years on her blog Kitchen Counter Chronicle. Jen is the mom of 2 lovely daughters. She believes in the power of taking small steps that can make big impacts on the world.

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  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) says

    Jen this looks delicious (and hey, the meat is my favourite part of the chili too!). I can’t wait to try this recipe over the weekend!

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