There are fewer meals more satisfying than a bowl of hearty, comforting chili, so why not add some creative new combinations to your family’s collection?
You may think there are only one or two varieties of meat-free chilis out there, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Using plant-based ingredients opens up a world of endless ingredients and flavors. Try exploring some of the recipes below to give your taste buds a break from run of the mill chilis.
Kidney beans may be the usual stars of the show in chili recipes, but black beans and lentils are also great sources of protein and fiber. These legumes are enlivened by the flavors of sweet corn and roasted red peppers in this recipe.
Adding a bottle of lager to your pot gives chili a depth like nothing else. Follow these instructions and settle in with a flavorful cup of comfort.
Who says chili needs tomatoes? Give your palate a break with this white bean-based recipe, packed with the familiar tastes of garlic, shallots and jalapeno.
This unusual addition adds a deep, rich, not-so-peanutty flavor reminiscent of meaty chilis, but without the cruelty or health risks of animal fat. Adding a dash of cocoa also creates a unique and wonderful flavor.
My personal favorite ingredient to throw into chilis is the sweet potato. Sweet, filling and toothsome, the potatoes add color and healthy nutrients to your meal.
If you are looking to spice up your dinner, adding the crowd favorite sriracha is an effective way to turn up the heat! Throwing in some whole grains, such as the complete protein quinoa and lesser known farro, will add staying power and a delicious, nutty flavor.