White Bean Vegetarian Chili

Who doesn’t love a bowl of piping hot chili? When it’s made with fresh with nutrient-rich ingredients, it’s a no-brainer! Prepare the beans in advance, then cook up a pot of this warming chili in no time. Serve with a simple green salad as a side, or add in some brown rice or quinoa for a heartier meal. Enjoy!

*Serves 8


 2 tablespoons olive oil
 1 onion, minced
 1 teaspoon oregano
 1 tablespoon chili powder
 1 teaspoon cumin
 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
 3 large carrots, sliced
 2 stalks celery, sliced
 2 medium zucchini, chopped
 1 large red or orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
 2 cups fresh tomatoes with juice, diced
 1 cup vegetable broth
 1 cup water (add more or less to desired thickness)
 1/4 cup cilantro, extra for garnish
 One 7-ounce jar tomato paste (choose glass over canned, if possible)
 3 cups cooked white beans (equivalent to two 15-ounce cans – use BPA free)
 1 teaspoon sea salt
 Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

 Avocado, diced
 Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large stockpot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion. Once the onion begins to sweat, add oregano, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, jalapeño, and garlic. Stir to coat the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes.

  2. Add additional olive oil, carrots, celery, zucchini, bell pepper, sweet potato, and tomatoes, and cook for 4-5 minutes.

  3. Add water, vegetable stock, tomato paste, salt, cilantro and cooked beans in the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover. Cook the mixture for approximately 35-40 minutes or until all vegetables can be pierced with a fork.

  4. Serve hot and top each bowl with avocado and cilantro.

  5. For a little heat, add a dash of hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes.

NOTE: This recipe works with any combination of beans.

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Reprinted with permission from Kale and Chocolate

Elise Museles

Elise Museles is an attorney turned Certified Eating Psychology & Nutrition Expert and creator of Kale & Chocolate.  A writer, speaker, teacher and healthy lifestyle advocate, she empowers people to reset their relationship with food & their bodies—by creating a happy, healthy, and ridiculously delicious Food Story. Elise is also the author of the newly released book, Whole Food Energy, (Barron’s Educational Series, January 2016) and shares daily inspiration (and mouth-watering photos!) on FaceBook and Instagram.

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