Peanut Butter Vegetarian Chili - Eating Bird Food

Peanut Butter Vegetarian Chili

Chili is only go my favorite fall meals. It’s so easy to make and there are so many different varieties. I never get bored with it. Plus, it’s the perfect meal to feed a crowd.

Peanut Butter Vegetarian Chili

This weekend we had a couple of friends coming over to watch the Redskins game so I decided to make a big pot of veggie chili for the group to enjoy. I started with my normal recipe, which includes the standard sautéed veggies, a mixture of beans, corn and seasonings. Then added a few secret ingredients.

Peanut butter veggie chili

Chili recipes are known for secret ingredients — many folks swear by adding beer, honey, brown sugar, chocolate (I’m a big fan of this one), masa flour, cinnamon or lime juice (another one I’m a fan of). I recently read somewhere that peanut butter can also be a great addition to chili. This was like music to my ears. Obviously, I had to try it.

Pb vegetarian chili

For this batch I used all-natural (nothing but peanuts), freshly ground peanut butter because I didn’t want any added sugars or oils added to the chili. Oh man… I’m so glad I tried this little trick! Turns out the peanut butter didn’t add a strong peanut flavor but instead a rich, fatty flavor (that is often times lacking in vegetarian chili). It also helped to thicken the sauce a bit. Of course, I still added my normal secret ingredients, cocoa powder and lime. Cocoa powder enhances the flavor of chili, adds a deep tone and a bit of richness and adding a splash of lime juice at the end adds a hint of tang and makes the flavors pop.

Vegetarian Chili

This chili was probably the best chili I’ve ever made so I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding peanut butter to all my chili recipes from now on! The only thing missing from this meal was the cornbread. I love cornbread but ran out of time to make any so we had crackers and sweet potato tortilla chips with the chili instead. Must not forget the cornbread next time. 🙂

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Even though I call this a vegetarian chili, it's actually vegan. Don't let the "meatless" qualities turn you away, even who aren’t vegetarian will love this chili -- it's got a great texture to it and it's packed with flavor. Just don't forget the secret ingredients!
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 - 28 oz can fire-roasted canned tomatoes
  • 1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 can can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 1½-2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 chili pepper, halved, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons, dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
  • Juice of one fresh lime
  1. In a Dutch oven or large pot, warm coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, garlic and grated carrot and sauté until onion becomes soft and translucent. Stir in chili powder, red pepper flakes, sea salt and black pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except lime juice. Blend well. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat,  squeeze lime juice into the pot and stir. Serve immediately. The chili can be served over brown rice and topped with cheese or greek yogurt for a hearty variation.

So there you have it — another recipe that proves peanut butter makes everything taste better!

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  1. Chilli and peanut butter?! Oh my this is just too good to be true

  2. Looks good.

  3. Yum!! This looks delicious. I was actually looking up chili recipes all weekend on pinterest to try one out this week. I found a pumpkin chili I THOUGHT I had made my mind up on, but now you have me thinking maybe this one is the way to go 🙂

  4. This looks like the perfect chili recipe for those cold Fall night! Which we are actually having right now…well, it’s not night yet but you know what I mean;)
    I love adding almond butter to chili but haven’t tried peanut butter yet! This is definitely happening this week!

  5. Sounds so good, but yikes that’s a lot of ingredients! I tend to give up after about 5.

  6. You had me at Peanut Butter!

  7. Looks delish! Any favorite cornbread recipes?

  8. I would never think to put peanut butter in chili! I’ve used cinnamon in mine and I really like that. Good recipe!

  9. Do you realize you never posted your reception recap??? I’ve been waiting for more lovely pictures since July! 🙂

  10. Veggie + peanut butter is a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, I can’t do beans…but I think the peanut butter would be a great addition to a sweet potato or lentil chili as well!! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  11. Yes!!!!!!!! I’ve been using cocoa powder in my chili for awhile now, but never thought of pb. I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Definitely making this soon! Love the addtion of cocoa and PB – two of my favorite things.

  13. amazing combo of flavors!! pinning this for later to try when the weather gets cooler

  14. Peanut butter and chili! Could it get any better than that? This looks so tasty and with the cooler weather, I have been craving a warm bowl of chili.

  15. I am totally on board with your PB philosophy – it DOES make everything taste better. I have never tried it in chili though and I can’t wait! Thanks!

  16. I love your creativity!!! im allergic to peanut butter (sad i know) but sunbutter will work just as well! i love trying “weird” food combos.. thanks!!!!

  17. I must say I was immediately skeptical of peanut butter chili! But given my obsession with peanut butter and your track record of incredible recipes, I’m going to try this out!

  18. I’ve never though of adding nut butter to chili but it totally makes sense that it would add that fatty depth of flavor. I’m totally trying this! Vegetarian chili is a staple over here in the fall 😉

  19. i absolutely love the sound of this!

  20. peanut butter… how interesting! that actually sounds delicious — I have to try it! I think I’ll add it to my meat version of chile though 😀

  21. Peanut butter makes the world go round. I’ll have to try adding it to my chili next time. Looks amazing!

  22. I just made this for football Sunday…can’t taste the peanut butter at all and honestly the chili tasted pretty amazing! Everyone in my house was happy with it :). Thanks for another wonderful recipe!!

  23. PB DOES make everything taste better…you’re right! Will have to try this 🙂

  24. I just made this and it was fantastic! Delicious, best chili ever, you don’t miss the meat at all! I’ve always preferred meatless chili anyways, this recipe is definitely a keeper!

  25. I just made this with Jason’s honey almond butter with a side of vegan corn muffins and it was amazing! The nut butter, cocoa and lime were new ingredients for me and you’re right, the flavors are undetectable but really add a nice richness and kick – thanks so much for the recipe!

  26. Made this last night and everyone raved. It was delicious! Thank you!

  27. Oh wow this look so good. I am so making this for dinner this week. I especially love that it’s all veggies! Best of all is there will be left overs so can freeze some for another day.

  28. Oh my gosh – and I was going to make some kind of veggie soup this weekend! Perfect! AND the peanut butter too?? OH yessss!

  29. This sounds amazing! I’ve been perusing veg chili recipes all morning, and this is the most unique recipe yet! Adding it to my list!

  30. Just tried this out and it’s amazing! Thanks very much for posting – it would never have occurred to me to put peanut butter in it!


  31. Just made a batch — delicious! I added a bit of cinnamon too.

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