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Low-Fat Vegetarian White Bean Chili


If you like homemade meatless chili, try this vegetarian white bean chili recipe - it's completely meat-free and much lower in fat than the usual white bean chili recipes, which often include chicken and turkey. This vegetarian chili recipe is instead flavored with plenty of spices, including cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper.

See also: More homemade vegetarian chili recipes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels (frozen and thawed or canned and drained)
  • 1 4-ounce can canned green chilie peppers, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 5 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or a combination of broth and water)
  • 5 (14.5 ounce) cans great Northern beans or cannelinni beans, undrained
  • grated cheese for garnish (optional)


In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, celery and garlic, and heat for 5-7 minutes, until onions are soft.

Add the green chili peppers, corn kernels, cumin, chili powder, oregano and cayenne pepper.

Heat for just a minute or two, then add vegetable broth and beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer.

Allow to cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve topped with shredded cheese, if you're not vegan.

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