35 Min Vegetarian Chili + 13 Bell Pepper Recipes

Vegetarian Chili
thank you Martha for this recipe

A fall staple in our house.
I couldn't find this recipe a couple weeks ago when I blogged about it, so here it is now. I love chili in all forms, but this one is extra special because it can be done in 35 minutes. Even better.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice {I also add a bunch of carrots}
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes


In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and garlic is soft, about 4 minutes. Add cumin and chile powder, season with salt and pepper, and cook until spices are fragrant, 1 minute. Add zucchini and tomato paste; cook, stirring frequently, until tomato paste is deep brick red, 3 minutes. Stir in black beans, pinto beans, and both cans diced tomatoes. Add 2 cups water and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to a medium simmer and cook until zucchini is tender and liquid reduces slightly, 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

While surfing my favorite health websites, I found this great article that shares 13 different bell pepper recipes. I absolutely love all types of peppers - they are packed with nutrients and easy to cook with.

Did you know you can download the Spark recipes app for free on your iPhone?
I have it and use it all the time. It's a great source for easy dinner recipes if you aren't sure what else to make.

Last but not least...

Tail Waggin' Tuesdays is here!

Today's link up is to share any random pictures of your pet.
Here's some random pictures I snapped of Rocky loungin' around..he looks so sweet & innocent I can't help myself but take 591 shots of him.

he's such a good little poser, isn't he?
momma taught him best.

I think I'z a cat.

*Link up with C Mae here to share pictures of your fur baby!

PS: I went to a heated yoga class last night with this pretty lady & think that I finally sweated out {meaning walked out drenched from head to toe} this nasty cold.

You really should go read about her recap of our yoga class

it will have you laughing
at my expense.



  1. yum! While at Whole Foods last night, Rick and I picked up all the necessary ingredients for chilli :) We are going to make it this week ... probably with meat though .. hehe but this recipe looks delish too! Rocky is just too cute!

    have a wonderful day!

  2. aw what cute pup and that looks delicious!

  3. That chili looks delicious! Can't believe it only takes 35 minutes!

    Little Rocky is such a cutie just lounging around. I love his little ears :)

  4. Hey you wanted a comment so you get one. That chili looks good but I think I would sneak some meat into it. I am a meatatarian so I don't do vegan to well.

    Ohh so when you guys coming down and going hunting?

  5. Yum!!! I've been dying to make chili and this one looks perfect! +noodles...I am a Cincinnatian after all :)

  6. Yuummm Love me some chili, that looks good!!

    Awah Rocky looks soo sweet!!! Loved the pics of him!!

    Glad you had a good time at yoga... FYI i would take a towel and water, because I always need it for heated yoga!! Glad your feeling better :)

  7. This chili looks great. I'll have to give it a try. Also I love the new blog re-design!

  8. This is perfect for nights when I'm craving chili but don't have hours to wait around. Can't wait to give this one a try!

  9. Um so I think I might use this recipe in my company's blog...would that be cool with you? I post recipes every Wednesday. I'll link back to ya! DUH!

    Will you ask Rocky if he'll be Tini's boyfriend? She needs a good, fluffy man in her life. She's kind of high maintenance but she's a blonde if that's any constellation. She has brown eyes and enjoys long walks on the beach. Oh-and did I mention she's high maintenance?

    PS-can we talk about how my husband is a wannabe blogger?? He's probably the first guy to EVER comment on your blog. Am I right? Or am I right?

  10. Your pup is looking adorable as usual, and that chili. Yum!

  11. I think I will have to try that recipe! Looks good to me b/c I don't like ground beef (or any meat for that matter)! Thanks

  12. Thanks for passing along the veggie chilli recipe - sounds delish - and I am always looking for new veg meals to try! I'm heading over to read about your hot yoga experience. I haven't tried it yet, b/c I am afraid I will faint - ha ha! :)

  13. I am SO printing out that recipe and making it asap. I am actually trying to go all vegetarian and this looks SOOOO good!

  14. that soup looks absolutely yummy & perfect for fall!

    &&your little rocky is super fluffy, i wanna snuggle! :]

  15. I've been a veggie since I was little, but I get stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking. I'm going to have to try this recipee soon even though we're having crazy Indian Summer weather here in the C-bus now.

  16. That chili sounds so good right now! Mmm :)

    And your dog is TOO cute!

  17. Yum!!! That chili looks sooo amazing. I think I am def going to make it tomorrow night for dinner! Thanks for sharing!! xox

  18. Shut the front door with that dog! I want to steal it!!!!!

  19. Okay, I'm going to read about yoga now...I have a groupon for hot yoga that I've been hanging on to (ya know, waiting for it to not be 975 degrees outside). Your dog is pretty much adorable :)

  20. I love the couch picture his expression is just to die for Rocky and Aspen are gonna be BFFS! Someday!

  21. What a great recipe. I will definitely have to give it a try I have been wanting some chili lately.



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