Vegetarian Red Bean Chili Recipe
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Vegetarian Red Bean Chili Recipe

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For a vegetarian chili that meat lovers would like, this recipe is healthy and tastes great. It takes just a few minutes to prepare, then the chili simmers in the slow cooker leaving me free to do something else. I top bowls with shredded cheddar cheese.—Connie Barnett, Athens, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen vegetarian meat crumbles
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 201 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 1035 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until heated through. Serve with sour cream and cheddar cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Vegetarian meat crumbles are a nutritious protein source made from soy. Look for them in the natural foods freezer section.
Originally published as Vegetarian Red Bean Chili in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2013, p69

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Way too watery. Pretty boring vegetarian chili recipe unless you just want heat, which is fine but, meh...."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"To reduce salt, avoid processed foods like the veggie crumbles and canned tomatoes. Rinsing the beans mandatory, better yet, cook your own and freeze until needed. Use fresh tomatoes for the canned, quinoa for the crumbles. I agree too much cumin unless you really like the spice. Use minimum salt at cooking start, adjust about 30 minutes before meal finishes. For more interest, had frozen corn near end as well, heat just until corn is hot."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"Lwise--it's 1 and 1/3 cups serving."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"@Lwise- the serving size is One and one-third cups.

This chili has a great flavor after a few minor alterations. The cumin would be overpowering at the stated amount, so I cut it to a rounded tsp and used only one can of tomato sauce with two cans of diced tomatoes. I added some green bell pepper and diced green chilies, with only 1/4 tsp cayenne. Oh, and we used ground beef, as we are not vegetarians. It's just a good, basic chili recipe which is easily altered to suit personal tastes."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"1/3 cup is a serving? I have never heard of a chili recipe with such a small serving. It seems like a lot of sodium and carbs for such a small amount."

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