Vegetable Chili

We have always loved chili, both in our previous carnivore life and now in our starchivore plant-based beyond vegan lifestyle (wow, that's a mouthful). Now it is even simpler to make and the ingredients are always on hand, no need to shop for ground meat or cheese.


  • garlic, chopped or sliced, as many cloves as you love (we love a lot so usually 6 or 8)
  • one large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 parsnip chopped, 1 small turnip chopped Optional: 1/4 butternut squash in 1" pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • any other vegetable including leeks, broccoli stalks, zucchini
  • bell pepper chopped - choose whatever colour you like
  • Optional: 2 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 1 can 15 or 19 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 15 or 19 oz kidney beans, including the liquid Optional: any kind of bean you prefer
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons each garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each cumin, ground corriander, fennel seeds and turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cacao, and/or instant coffee (or any leftover liquid coffee)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 heaping teaspoons of low sodium vegetable stock powder
  • 4 cups boiling water with vegetable stock powder added or 4 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
  • mushrooms - some people love mushrooms in their chili and others don't - chop finally and add with the spices if you wish to have the texture of ground meat


  • In your soup/chili pot place the chopped onions and garlic and start to cook them gently, with the lid on to retain the moisture. Once they start to soften add the vegetable stock/broth and add the denser vegetables like carrots, parsnips etc and continue to cook with the lid on for 15 minutes on medium low heat.
  • Add any other other vegetables you are using including the celery and peppers and the can of tomatoes. Allow to cook for 5 or more minutes and then add the beans and their liquid, the cacao, coffee, sugar and all spices. Continue to cook until you are ready to eat. The wonderful thing about veggie chili is you don't have to worry about the meat going bad so there is a lot more latitude for allowing to cool down and then reheat.

Serve over rice or potatoes or eat with healthy tortilla chips or pita bread. We love to drizzle some hot sauce and a bit of tahini on top.

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Starchivore Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle


  • a plant-based diet that reduces or eliminates all animal foods like meat, dairy, and eggs PLUS has the addition of starch, so that you feel full and satisfied
  • include grains like rye, wheat, barley, oats and corn; starchy vegetables like squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes and legumes like red and brown lentils, chick peas, green peas, and lotsa beans like pinto, kidney AND lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • reduces or eliminates added oils, including coconut, olive and peanut and reduces added sugars and salts
  • it is believed Dr T Colin Campbell coined the term "whole food, plant-based" and Dr John McDougall the term "starchivore"

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