The BEST Veggie Chili Recipe

A healthy veggie chili made with six vegetables, three kinds of beans, in a spicy tomato sauce. This chili is so amazing you won’t even miss the meat!

The BEST Veggie Chili Recipe

This week we are talking all about sneaking in veggies into foods! Since I have four kids to worry about, I try to find creative ways for them to get their fruit and vegetable intake without them even realizing it.

This Veggie Chili is so darn good, you won’t even miss the meat! TRUE STORY. The first time I made this for the family, I am always anxious for their honest feedback. My son looked bewildered and said, “are you sure there is no meat in this?” I would call that success! They all love this chili and it is one we have on repeat since I can sneak in so many healthy veggies.

What is the key to getting kids to eat their veggies? First of all, cut them super small. If they see huge chunks of anything besides chicken nuggets, they are suspicious.  I finely diced my veggies and saute them until they are nice and soft. Some kids are afraid of onions so I make sure they are finely minced and sauteed to bring out their sweetness and to help soften their overpowering taste.


We start with onions, hatch green chilies or poblanos, red peppers, orange peppers, and yellow peppers, carrots, and tomatoes with green chilies. It is a powerhouse of flavors and nutrition in one pot of veggie chili!

This recipe calls for some peppers, which naturally bring in some flavor. I use a combination of peppers. If Hatch Green Chiles are in season, I always reach for them. You can also use a poblano (pasilla) pepper instead. It is mild in heat but packs the flavor. Remove the seeds and ribbing since that’s what holds the most heat. I also love to use the mini red, yellow, and orange peppers that come in bags.

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  • 1-2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Onion (finely diced)
  • 1 large Carrot (finely diced)
  • 1 Poblano (Pasilla) or Hatch Green Chili (finely diced)
  • 1 Red Pepper (finely diced)
  • 1 Orange Pepper (finely diced)
  • 1 Yellow Pepper (finely diced)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 15-ounce can Pinto Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 15-ounce can Kidney Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 15-ounce can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 15-ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 10 - 15 ounce can Diced Tomatoes (with green chilies optional) (add all liquid)
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Vital Protein Beef Gelatin Powder (OPTIONAL -- if you are a vegetarian, you may skip this powder)
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • Garnish (optional):
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions


  1. In a large pot, add oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 6 minutes, stirring often. Chop remaining vegetables while onions are cooking. 
  2. Add carrots, poblano or hatch peppers, red, orange, and yellow peppers to the pot. Continue to cook until veggies are tender -- about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. 
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. If you want it to be smooth, puree the tomatoes in a blender before adding the tomatoes to the chili. Cook for 5 minutes. 
  4. Add chili powder, cumin, pepper, and garlic powder. 
  5. In a small bowl, mix beef gelatin with water for 20 seconds. Stir in gelatin to chili. Continue to cook for 5 minutes longer. Stir in pinto, kidney, and black beans. Cook until warmed. 
  6. Season to taste. Serve with cheddar cheese and green onions. 


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