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Mom's Incredible Hearty Vegetable Chili

Viola has been revamping traditional comfort food recipes to include more nutritious ingredients for over 40 years. Basically, since birth.

This hearty chili is packed full of flavor and nutrition.

This hearty chili is packed full of flavor and nutrition.

This Chili Won't Last Long!

This recipe makes about 10 one-cup lunch servings, or about five hearty dinner-sized servings. Kids might like this better if you throw in a few teaspoons of sugar or about a half cup of barbecue sauce. Be careful with the jalapeños—a little goes a long way (start with just a little bit, and then add more to taste). Serve this chili with tortilla chips or corn bread, and then get ready to make another pot!


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil, canola or olive
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1 - 2 green or red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, cubed
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 large can tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can Great Northern or cannellini beans
  • 1-4 tablespoons jalapeno, chopped
  • 48 ounces pasta sauce, any flavor
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Use whichever vegetables your family enjoys.

Use whichever vegetables your family enjoys.


  1. Saute the onion and bell peppers in the oil until soft and slightly charred. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute, until the garlic starts to "pop."
  2. Add ground beef and cook until meat begins to brown.
  3. Add all the vegetables, tomato sauce, beans, and spices. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 1 hour.
  4. Just before serving, add cheese and sour cream and stir until combined.


  • For a sweeter chili, add a few teaspoons of sugar or about a half cup of barbecue sauce. Kids might enjoy this variation.
  • For a spicier chili, add more jalapeño and chili powder.
  • For a zestier chili, add more garlic and experiment with adding other spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, or cocoa powder!
  • To make it go further or thicken it up a bit, add one cup of brown rice and one cup of water along with the vegetables. You can also add cubed potatoes or more sweet potatoes.
  • Too many leftovers? (Yeah, right!) Toss a cup or two in a food processor and serve as a bean dip!