Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Are you loving the cold weather? I’m not, but I always think it is interesting that people either really love it or really hate it. And after two so called “polar vortexes”, most people seem to really dislike the cold this year. One thing that we can probably all agree on is that food is always comforting when the weather is rough. If the temperatures are sweltering, we reach for a scoop of ice cream and when the weather is cold, we snuggle up by the fireplace with a hearty bowl of chili. During the winter months, I try to make chili at least once a week, and always add this Three Bean Vegetarian Chili to the rotation.

This chili is thick and loaded with vegetables. It is slightly seasoned and perfect to enjoy with a side of tortilla chips or layered over the top of a baked sweet potato. A bowl of vegetarian chili is also a great way to enjoy a hearty serving of vegetables.

I’m trying to increase my consumption of vegetables. Especially in the winter, it makes me feel more energized. I usually eat quite a bit in the form of salads, side dishes and snacks, but I’m sure that my fruit intake is much higher than my veggies. I could eat two pints of strawberries or a few mangoes in one sitting and I make smoothies all the time. I don’t know why, but I’m lazy about juicing. It is probably because I don’t have a very good juicer. But, I’m trying to add at least one vegetable based juice drink to my diet everyday. I have to admit, this generally means stopping at Whole Foods and picking up one of their organic juice drinks (I’m hooked on the Suja brand). I really love them and it is amazing how many vegetables I can drink in such a short period of time. I start the day with a drink and feel refreshed.

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Three Bean Vegetarian Chili
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  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • ΒΌ tsp. pepper
  • dash of salt


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Sir in the garlic, carrots, celery, pepper and zucchini. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the great northern beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes. Uncover and cook for 30 additional minutes.
  3. Garnish with cheese, sour cream, and green onions if desired.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor original


  1. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    This looks delicious!! Love all the veggies you packed in there. A bowl of this will be so comforting on one of these silly winter nights!!

  2. jessica@stuckonsweet

    I am LOVING all the veggies and flavor in this chili – healthy but also satisfying!!

  3. Cate O'Malley

    Mmm, perfect for this cold weather lately!

  4. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I’ve found myself eating more fruits than veggies lately, too. I think it’s because it reminds me of warmth! πŸ™‚ Love all of the veggies you packed into this chili!

  5. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    I’m with you! I do not like the cold at all! That’s why I live in Texas, but this year we’re actually having a real winter! Yesterday was absolutely crazy. The temp dropped down to 20 degrees (it was 60 degrees the day before) and now there’s ice on the road! Crazy…this chili sounds mighty good right now! Love that you’re making a conscious effort to consume more veggies ;). Hope you have a great weekend and stay warm!!

  6. Betsy | JavaCupcake.com

    Mmmmmmmm I love a chili that’s packed full of veggies! This is going on the must-make list!

  7. Angie

    This is the perfect chili for this cold weather! Love how healthy it is too!

  8. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Here in California it hasn’t rained in 6 weeks! Kind of a problem, I think we’re going to have drought warnings this summer. But the first day we have rain I will def be making this chili! I love hearty soups and chili’s on rainy days. I love how many veggies you put in here.

  9. Ashley

    Yum, this chili looks so good! I’ve gotten really into veggie chili lately – I can’t get enough! It’s been so cold here – I don’t mind it that much but our heating bill is going to be crazy! It’s always pumping just to keep the house kinda warm! haha

  10. Kelly

    It’s been so cold here and a big bowl of this chilli sounds perfect and super comforting to warm up with! Love all the veggies and flavors you packed in here – it looks so amazing! Stay warm Ashley and hope you have a wonderful weekend:)

  11. marcie

    I love veggie chili, and this one is just loaded with so much goodness! I prefer getting my veggies in soups and chills this time of year — they just warm you up inside and out! πŸ™‚

  12. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    I need to get better about eating more vegetables. This chili looks really good! I love chili – it’s such a comforting food – and I am not a fan of the cold, so I love chili when it’s cold out!

  13. ela@GrayApron

    What a fantastic dish! I have to try it, thanks! πŸ™‚ ela

  14. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    My friend is addicted to the suja brand juice too! It is pretty tasty and definitely nutritious. πŸ™‚ I am totally a chili fan and love all the stuff you added into this one. The more veggies the better! Pinned Ashley. πŸ™‚

  15. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen

    I am SO in the mood for a flavorful bowl of chili right now! Your pictures are dynamite girl!! πŸ™‚

  16. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Holy moly, that Polar Vortex was insane, wasn’t it? We weren’t really in it… or I just didn’t notice. (Because, it’s always cold up here!)
    I could eat chili every day of the week! This creation of yours looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!

  17. Sarah & Arkadi

    this chili looks so comforting! it would definitely help us overcome these “polar vortexes”!

  18. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I don’t like the cold, but I adore winter comfort food! This chili looks so cozy and delicious. And hooray for the extra serving of veggies! I love to eat lots of it when the weather gets colder, and I usually end up eating lettuce like it’s my job. Though I suppose that juice would be such a refreshing change ; )

  19. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies

    Not complaining — but I’m actually surprised that Michigan (where I live) has missed out on most of the polar vortex drama. I could use a big bowl of this chili anyway!

  20. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Put me in the camp of people who hate cold weather! Love all the veggies in this chili. I’ve been trying to up my veggie consumption too. Have a great week Ashley!

  21. Joanne

    Personally, I am HATING the cold…but to be honest, I hate it less when I have chili around! I love how hearty this is!

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  23. denise@magnoliaverandah

    Your right – we are eating a lot of ice-cream at the moment. How I crave a good hot chilli – this looks great. Although not sure what type of bean a great northern bean is?

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