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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian chili

Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or simply enjoy a meatless meal now and then, look for recipes that are full of flavor and low in fat.

Because strict vegetarian meals don’t contain animal foods, they’re cholesterol-free. While meatless recipes tend to be low in total fat, saturated fat, and calories, this isn’t always the case. Be sure to check nutrition details per serving.


  • 1 cup textured soy protein

  • 7/8 cup boiling water

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

  • 1 19-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder

  • 1 tbsp. cumin


Reconstitute textured soy protein with boiling water. Heat oil in large pot. Sauté onion and green pepper until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook briefly. Add tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin, and soy protein. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes, until chili thickens.

Makes 4 servings

Each serving contains 243 calories, 4 g fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 758 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrates.