Meatless Monday — The Devil’s Chili


Years ago in my effort to add more vegetables to my diet I started by buying and cooking more veggies. I quickly realized that I was in dire need of some recipes to help spice things up. During my search I came across a cookbook called the Vegetarian Times Cookbook By the editors of Vegetarian Times.

I have made this Vegetarian Times chili recipe on many occasions. The hearty chili is tasty and can be modified to your specific taste. Tofu can be added to give it a more meaty texture.

The Devil’s Chili

1 cup grated onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bulb shallot, minced
3 large scallions, minced
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 ounce olive oil or canola
2 quarts water
1 pound kidney, pink, or pinto beans, washed sorted and soaked
1 large bay leaf, crushed
1 teaspoon miso paste
1 teaspoon mild or hot curry
1 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon paprika
Chili powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
3 large tomatoes, chopped or 1 15-ounce can of peeled tomatoes
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

In a large saucepan, sauté onions, garlic, shallot, scallions, and green pepper in oil. Add water, beans and seasonings. Simmer for 1-1 ½ hours. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer for 1 more hour or until fork tender. For spicier chili, use 2 or more cloves of garlic. Serve piping hot.

About Keith Lewis

Keith Lewis is the Founder of Green World 365. His vision is to inspire others to do one thing every day to make a greener world. He is also the founder and host of Swoop's World, an indie radio show based in Southern California.


  1. That looks like some pretty amazing chili! Its great that you’ve taken initiative to reduce your carbon footprint by having a Meatless Monday. Did you know that cutting out meat once a week also lowers your risk for many preventable diseases like heart disease and diabetes?
    I just started working for a non-profit campaign called Meatless Monday which tries to educate Americans about the environmental and health benefits of removing meat from their diets once a week. We have lots of tasty recipes in the archive on our website, including recipes for several different types of chili. You can find them at

  2. I love food with a bit of a spice kick and this looks like a good one to try.
    Good tip from you too, if you want to eat more vegies, buy more vegies.

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