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Chilly Weather = Chili Dinner

I finally made some veggie chili this past weekend. It wasn't that chilly outside, but I just wanted it. Plus, the chili recipe I was going to use was super easy. When it comes to cooking on a after work, I need something easy!


Even though I'm the beer girl, I did not pair any beers with my chili.  I enjoyed an Oktoberfest brew later that night though. I think that if I had enjoyed the two together, they would have complimented each other nicely.

cheap & easy veggie chiliIngredients

  • 1 TBS oil (olive oil works well)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapenos (optional)
  • 1 bag Morningstar Farms veggie crumbles
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce (no salt added is great)
  • 2 15-oz cans kidney beans (light or dark)
  • 2 TBS chili powder
  • 1 TBS ground cumin
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)



1. Heat the oil in a large pot, and then add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapenos (if using).

2. After the veggies have softened, “brown” the frozen veggie crumbles. This may take approximately 5 minutes on about medium/high.

3. Once defrosted, add tomato sauce and beans. Stir occasionally and let the chili start to boil. Reduce heat to medium.

4. Add desired spices, stir, and simmer until heated through.



  • If you’re in a hurry, skip the veggies. Seriously – this is the fastest chili ever.
  • If you prefer more natural meals, use lean, 1 lb. of grass-fed beef instead of veggie crumbles.
  • I like jalapenos, so I add two, but you can add more or less to your liking.
  • I never measure my spices, so these are approximations. I never make it the same way every time, so just use what you like.
  • Like most savory meals, it’s best with cheese…


cheap & easy veggie chili

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