How to Make Vegetarian Chili by Carolyn Akens

I don’t know about you, but I love chili.  I especially enjoy creating different non-meat versions of chili.

Carolyn Akens shared her recipe for Vegetarian Chili in her most recent newsletter and I’m passing it along to you.

Vegetarian Chili

  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans (can use organic canned kidney beans)
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, medium dice
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, medium dice
  • 2 cups butternut squash, medium dice
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao powder (can use organic cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink or Celtic sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

1. In a large saucepan, combine the kidney beans with water to cover the beans; bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Drain the beans and reserve one cup of the liquid.

2. In a dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook until tender (about 7 minutes). Stir in the bell peppers and butternut squash, and cook for 4 minutes, or until the peppers are crisp-tender. Add the cacao, agave nectar, marjoram, chili flakes, chili powder, cumin, and salt, stirring to coat.

3. Stir in the drained beans, reserved liquid, tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cover and cook for 30 minutes to meld the flavors.


About Carolyn Akens

Carolyn Akens, Holistic Health Coach and Raw Food Educator, is Founder and CEO of and

Known for her ability to coach women on how to lose weight, how to detox, and how to stop sugar cravings. Carolyn also trains and coaches Raw Chefs and Raw Instructors.

She teaches raw classes and workshops, and trains students in Mastering the Art of Pastry Unbaked!

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As a world-renowned raw food educator, Carolyn has trained and coached raw food chefs, raw food instructors and raw pastry chefs locally, nationally, and internationally. Carolyn was mentioned in Jordan Rubin’s book, and has been featured in local and national magazines. Visit for your ”Top Three Reports…How to Revitalize Your Health”

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  1. Hi Pasha,

    Welcome to my blog and thanks for chiming in!


  2. Hi Ed,

    The only difference I think is the amount of mineral content and of course the way they are processed.

    I have sea salt, that is grey in color, and not white. I also have black lava salt. I don’t hardly use salt, but when a recipe calls for salt I often use alternates.

  3. David says:

    If your stomach reject the chilli, you can exclude some of the spices in the recipes or boil it a bit longer.

  4. Christian Hollingsworth says:

    Yum yum! You’d be proud of me. Made myself some tomato soup (all vegetarian except for butter). I ended up cooking it a little longer than planned, and it turned more into a potato/tomato stew. Still good though! I’ll try this one out too.

  5. Maria Pavel says:

    Evelyn, chili is a little too strong for me latetly, though i love it too. I also tried making vegetarian chili hoping that my stomach won’t reject it, but so far it hasn’t been going well.
    I’ll give you recipe a try, maybe i’m in luck this time.

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