Chili con carne — the name of this Mexican dish is enough to make your mouth fill with saliva instantly. Wait till you get a whiff of its smell and actually put a spoonful of it in your mouth!

However, the way it’s called makes it very clear that it’s not something for someone who’s a vegetarian.

If you have vowed to go meatless for an indefinite period of time or for the rest of your life, this does not necessarily mean that you have to deprive yourself of the joys chili con carne brings to the senses. That’s because it’s very much possible for you to make this treat from scratch without adding any meat to it!

And once you have mastered the art of making chili con carne that’s meat-free, there are practically limitless ways for you to enjoy this vegetarian delight.

Definitely, you may opt for the usual route which involves putting it on rice. However, you will surely enjoy your vegan chili con carne if you use it as stuffing for empanadas or red bell peppers. It’s also a wonderful idea to make meatless pizza with your vegetarian chili con carne as the topping!

It cannot be denied that there are so many ways to enjoy chili con carne that is absolutely devoid of meat. But no matter how you wish to serve and consume it, there is one thing that remains true: a vegetarian like you need not live a life without chili con carne in it!

Below you will find a very easy-to-follow meatless chili con carne recipe, which means that you will surely be able to pull it off even if you have a less-than-impressive cooking skills.

Got a busy schedule? No worries! That’s because coming up with this vegetarian chili con carne from scratch will only take around 40 minutes of your precious time. And the meat-free chili con carne recipe you will come across in a few is also good enough to make 6 persons feel delighted!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

2 400-gram cans of chopped tomatoes

1 400-gram can of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)

2 cups of soy mince (frozen)

1 cup of vegetable stock

1/2 cup of red lentils (dried)

3 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced)

2 red bell peppers (chopped roughly)

2 medium-sized carrots (peeled and chopped finely)

2 celery stalks (chopped finely)

1 large onion (red and sliced thinly)

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

-In a large saucepan, have your extra virgin olive oil heated using medium heat. 

-Sauté your red bell peppers, carrots, celery, onions and garlic for a couple of minutes or until soft. 

-Throw into the mix your chili powder and cumin. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Stir very well.

 -Pour into the saucepan your vegetable stock. 

-Follow it by adding your chopped tomatoes, red kidney beans, lentils and soy mince. Stir very well. 

-Allow the mixture to boil and simmer for about 25 minutes. 

-Transfer to a serving bowl and place on the table to delight up to 6 people!

That’s how hassle-free it is to make your very own chili con carne that’s perfect for a vegetarian like you! Some vegans swear that this recipe tastes so much more exciting with a teaspoon of miso paste or a handful of roughly chopped fresh coriander in it.

After whipping up this meatless chili con carne, kindly share in the comments section below your thoughts about it!

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