Nothing is better than hearty chili and a brew on a frigid game day. Why not get the best of both worlds and combine the two? This recipe for vegetarian beer chili is sure to please your beer-loving friends, vegetarian or not. So let this bad-boy simmer while you watch the game and it'll be ready to eat by half-time.

#SpoonTip: This recipe can be made on the cheap. It features simple and inexpensive ingredients such as canned beans and tomatoes. Broke college students rejoice!

Vegetarian Beer Chili

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:2 hrs
  • Total Time:2 hrs 20 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Medium


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 15 oz cans black garbanzo kidney northern or pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoon. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Whole cashews or freshly grated cheese
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  • Step 1

    Chop celery, onion, green pepper and mince the garlic.

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  • Step 2

    Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add celery, onion, green pepper, and garlic. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Stir frequently.

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  • Step 3

    Add tomatoes, drained beans, raisins, red wine vinegar, chili powder, parsley, basil, oregano, cumin, allspice, honey, salt, pepper, and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer mixture for 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally.

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  • Step 4

    Now its time to add the beer to the chili. A bottle of quality dark beer compliments the flavors of the chili, but a can of your favorite college beer works too. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

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  • Step 5

    Once cooked to desired texture, remove bay leaf and add in the toppings. Stir in whole cashews to keep it vegan or top with grated cheese for a vegetarian option.

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