Pioneer Woman Veggie Chili

The Editors at Food Fanatic | Food Fanatic

A fabulous veggie chili from the Pioneer Woman herself, combining fresh vegetable and healthy beans with a delicious blend of spices.

This vegetarian chili is perfect for meatless Monday, or any other day of the week! It's packed with nutritous and colorful vegetables, along with a triple combo of healthy beans. Seriously, who needs meat when a dinner comes with this much flavor?
Three Bean Vegetarian Chili Photo
Not only are the beans in this recipe super-healthy, they make a great substitute for meat. Beans are packed with protein, which leaves you feeling nice and full. That means that this veggie chili is every bit as satisfying and comforting as its meaty counterpart!

What is Ro-tel

For those of you who've noticed Ro-tel on the list of ingredients and are wondering what on earth it is, we thought we'd explain! Ro-tel is the brand name of a canned product that combines tomatoes with fire-roasted green chilies. It's a true Southern favorite, combining sweet and smoky flavors, and it adds a real punch of flavor to whatever you mix it with.
Vegetarian Chili Preparation Photo
If you can't get hold of Ro-tel, simply dice a few tomatoes and green chili instead.
Three Bean Vegetarian Chili Picture

How to serve this veggie chili

This chili is fantastic served in lots of different ways. If you like to cook ahead, why not make a big batch then try a different way of serving it each time? Each meal will taste unique and no one will ever guess just how much time you saved!
  • Put it in a bowl, with corn or flour tortillas on the side.
  • Top it with sour cream, extra cheese, sliced avocado or some pico de gallo (Mexican salsa).
  • Serve it on a bed of white or brown rice.
  • Fill a bowl with crunchy tortilla chips and serve on the side, for dipping.
  • Use as a filling for a baked potato (this works especially well with sweet potato).
  • Make tacos, filling the shells with the chili, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Try topping with a blob of coconut yogurt and chopped red chili - unique and delicious.
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If you loved this recipe, be sure to try the Pioneer Woman's Classic Chili Recipe, or this creamy White Chicken Chili.


Pioneer Woman Veggie Chili

    12 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlics, minced
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium Yellow Bell Pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium Green Bell Pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 medium Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, diced
  • 1 medium Jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 cups Vegetable Broth, substitute chicken or beef broth if preferred
  • 12 ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1 10 ounce can Ro-Tel
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder, or more to taste
  • 1 14 oz can Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 ounce can Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15-ounce can Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 15 oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large Zucchini Squash, diced
  • 1/4 cup Masa Harina, or use regular cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • tablespoon Cotija Cheese, for serving (optional)
  • serving Pico de Gallo, for serving (optional)
  • bunch Fresh Cilantro Leaves, for serving (optional)


  1. Pour the oil into a large pot and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and jalapeno.
  3. Cook for around 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in all the seasonings and cook for a few more minutes. 
  5. Add the broth, tomato sauce, and Ro-tel, then bring to a boil.
  6. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  7. Add the beans and zucchini and stir.
  8. Cover and simmer for 30 more minutes.
  9. Combine the masa with the warm water, then stir it into the pot.
  10. Simmer for a further 15 minutes. Check the seasonings and adjust if needed. 
  11. Serve with Cotija cheese, pico de gallo, and cilantro.
For a richer tomato flavor, include 2 tbsp of tomato paste
Swap 1 cup of the stock with a bottle of Mexican beer.
Add other veggies you enjoy - try chopped mushrooms, diced butternut squash or parsnips.
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Author: The Editors at Food Fanatic
Source: The Pioneer Woman
Recipe Yields: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 90 minutes
Total Time: 105 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 19
Calories 105

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 222mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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