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Chili non Carne Recipe

Like the taste of chili con carne but don’t want to eat the meat?

Try this plant-based, stove-top Chili Non Carne recipe and enjoy the tasty benefits of chili peppers and a powerful protein and fiber punch.

Creative Cooking for the Health-Conscious Gourmet

Low-Fat | NO-Cholesterol | High Fiber | High-Protein

meatless chili recipe

Chili non Carne Recipe

Enjoy a bowl of this warming chili that skips the carne (meat) and uses a plant-based meat substitute to replicate the texture and substance of beef. This chili provides plenty of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals without the saturated fat and cholesterol of red meat.


chili recipe
  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, diced

  • 2 tb olive oil

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 2 Tb Chili powder

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1 tsp basil

  • ½ tsp cinnamon

  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 4-oz can diced roasted green chilis

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1.5 cups Gardein™ Plant-Based Ground Be'f  (or 2 servings of other plant-based meat substitute)

  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

  • 2 15-oz cans beans, drained and rinsed – use any combination of dark or light red kidney beans and pinto beans, 

  • 1 cup  low sodium vegetable broth 

  • 2 tb masa harina 

  • ½ tsp lime juice

  • Garnishes such as with sliced jalapeno, shredded cheese, scallions, parsley, and cilantro


  1. Sauté diced onion in olive oil until translucent, 3-5 minutes

  2. Add chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute

  3. Stir in dry spices: cumin, Chili powder, oregano, basil, cinnamon, and cayenne 

  4. Add canned green chilis, red bell pepper and 2 tb of water. Stir, cover, and turn off heat. Allow flavors to meld for 5-10 minutes

  5. Add plant-based meat and cook on low heat covered for 5 minutes

  6. Add canned tomatoes with liquid, drained beans, vegetable broth and salt.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  

  7. Stir in Masa harina to thicken

  8. Simmer for an additional 15-30 minutes, stir occasionally. Taste and add more chili powder as needed

  9. Add lime juice just prior to serving

NOTES: Appropriate for low fat, no cholesterol, high protein, and high fiber diet regimens.

Nutritional Information:

Serves 5

Calories 246, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 0.9 g, Cholesterol 0mg, Total Carbohydrate 32g, Dietary fiber 11g, Protein 16g, Potassium 744mg, Sodium 675mg

Chef and Author: Mary B Grosvenor, MS, Registered Dietitian

Medically Reviewed by FibonacciMD editors.

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