Lost Mission Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili Recipe with beans, chilis, and olives

When I lived in New Mexico I fell in love with the many variations of vegetarian chili that I was able to sample. This recipe was inspired after driving the back roads from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and visiting an old, incredibly romantic looking mission. We had many a bowl of great chili during those great adventures, and whenever I make my chili, my memories go back to the the dusty back roads, lost missions and quaint cafes of New Mexico. This is a very fresh tasting chili, full of hearty beans, grains & vegetables. It can be served topped with a bit of grated cheddar cheese and a side of tortilla chips and salsa.



3 red onions, diced
6 cloves garlic, crushed
4 cups water (adjust as needed)
3 cans pinto beans
1 can red beans
1 large potato, diced
1 yam, diced

1 8 oz Cans Tomato Sauce
4 Tbl. chili powder
1 Tsp. cumin
1 Tsp. garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste

(jazz it up the way you want)
1 can black olives, chopped
2 cups frozen corn
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 – 4 oz cans Diced Green Chilis


1. In a large stock pot, saute diced onions and garlic in olive oil until browned.  Add water, beans, potatoes, & yam and slowly boil until potatoes are tender (about 15 minutes). If needed, add a little water.
2. Turn the temperature to medium heat and add the rest of the ingredients and seasonings. Add more water if needed… and Allow chili to slowly cook until all the veggies are just tender and the chili is rich and full of flavors. You may want to adjust seasonings to taste adding more chili powder, cumin, garlic or salt & pepper to your individual preferences.
Serve with a bit of grated sharp cheddar cheese and a side of cornbread and/or chips and salsa.


Note:  Chili Powders can very in flavor and intensity. It is recommended you season gradually. Add most the seasonings then add more if needed. Adjusting the seasonings a bit can vary the flavor. Add more or less of garlic, chili and cumin to give it your preference of flavor. The carmelized onions and garlic are a must to give a rich full flavor.