Quick and Easy 30 Minute Vegetarian Chili


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YesYouCAN #CollectiveBias This school year, I spend a lot of time in my car, much of it occurring between the hours of 2 and 6pm (AKA prime dinner-making time). Because of this, I like to fall back on an easy vegetarian chili recipe I developed in my 20s when I stopped eating meat. I had college housing with a kitchen, so instead of trying to eat something at the cafeteria, this recipe became a staple. You can have a simple, healthy and delicious meal in about 30 minutes using a few canned foods and fresh produce. 

30 minute chili

Though I now love making my Grandmother’s Meat Chili, I still enjoy a bowl of easy Vegetarian chili. I found my original recipe card and immediately saw the simplicity of a college student’s taste buds. Because my tastes have since evolved, I have adapted the recipe.

fall cans


While shopping for groceries at Walmart, I saw this display of Hunt’s and RO*TEL tomatoes, along with a few other chili ingredients. I decided to make 30-minute chili for the family’s football time. I picked up a can of Hunt’s petite cut tomatoes, a can of RO*TEL tomatoes with lime and cilantro, canned black beans and fresh veggies. (Feel free to pick and choose your favorite veggies. I have used different combinations over the years, and it’s all delicious.)
saute veggies

Like every good chili recipe, sauté your onions and celery for a few minutes.


I like to add my seasonings before I add the canned tomatoes.  It awakens the spices.


This time, I chose two different tomato types for a fun twist. I like the idea of lime and cilantro, but knew I would not like too much of that flavor.
Allow everything to simmer for about 25 minutes and add some frozen corn if desired. This could not be easier or healthier than your traditional meat chili recipes.

close up veggie chili

Serve up a bowl of chili with your favorite toppings. I like to add cheese, sour cream or Greek yogurt, fresh avocado and extra hot sauce for those looking for more kick in their chili.


Because this easy chili recipe is filled with yummy veggies and flavorful tomatoes, it comes together in just a few minutes.

So when you are in a rut and need a quick dinner idea, grab a few extra cans of Hunts and RO*TEL, and whip up this 30-minute vegetarian chili. Even though it is super easy as is, you could also dump all of the ingredients into a crock-pot earlier in the day!


What is your go-to, easy dinner recipe that uses tomatoes?

30 Minute Vegetarian Chili

30 Minute Vegetarian Chili

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A quick chili you can pull together in 30 minutes.


  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes (1 can petite diced Hunts, 1 can RO*TEL Diced tomatoes with chili and cilantro
  • 1-2 tablespoons Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Saute' onion, garlic and celery until translucent. Add remainder of veggies and cook until slightly done. Add spices to taste and cook for 1 minute. Add Beans and Tomatoes. Continue to cook covered for about 25 minutes. Top with your favorite chili toppings.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 226Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 17mgSodium 509mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 9gSugar 6gProtein 14g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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  1. it really is hearty with all those black beans, you can add other beans she likes

  2. thanks Carrisa, working hard on the photo part!! cooking is easy

  3. I love it! I’ve never made chili before, but I might just try now

  4. I love chili, we make it at least 2x a month in the Fall & winter, I will try this recipe too! Love the pics as well! Thanks

  5. This is perfect for my family. We all love chili but my daughter is a vegetarian and we haven’t found a vegetarian version that is hearty enough for the boys in the family. I think this one will be perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. We do our best to eat meatless meals at least twice a week. In the fall, when the weather is cooler, chili is popular with my family. Meatless chili is a great option for meatless days. I will have to try your recipe. Love all of the veggies you put in it.

  7. This Chili looks so yummy. I can’t wait to make this recipe.

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