Easy Vegetarian Chili


Canned beans and tomatoes make this quick vegetarian chili recipe ready to go in just 30 minutes. Serve over rice or couscous, or with tortilla chips for added crunch, and add extra toppings as you see fit--sliced scallions, chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado and sliced jalapeños are all tasty choices.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • ¾ cup finely chopped white onion

  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium black beans, rinsed

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • ¼ cup water

  • ½ cup shredded cheese, such as Cheddar or pepper Jack


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano and coriander; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add beans, tomatoes (with their juice) and water and simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Serve the chili sprinkled with cheese.


To make ahead: Refrigerate chili (Step 1) for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

311 Calories
11g Fat
39g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup each
Calories 311
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 14g 49%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g 33%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Vitamin A 2344IU 47%
Vitamin C 40mg 44%
Folate 28mcg 7%
Sodium 434mg 19%
Calcium 266mg 20%
Iron 5mg 27%
Magnesium 117mg 28%
Potassium 801mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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