Eating the right foods is crucial to weight loss. This vegetarian chili is hearty, tasty and has all of the right fat-fighting ingredients to help you slim down. The protein-rich beans help build muscle, while the hot spices boost your metabolism to burn fat. Perfect for a family meal or to freeze and eat later, this recipe will help you drop those extra pounds.






Makes 14 cups

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 1/2 cups diced red onions

1 cup diced carrots

2 peppers diced

1 1/2 cups diced sweet potato (1 medium sweet potato)

2 cups diced mushrooms

3 tbsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes

2 tbsp chili powder

4 tbsp chopped garlic

2 tbsp chopped jalapenos

3 (14.5 oz) cans diced, fire roasted tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can chick peas

1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans

1 (15 oz) can black beans

1 (15 oz) can Adzuki beans

2 tbsp dried oregano

2 tbsp chopped chipotle in adobo sauce

3 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 (10 oz) bag frozen corn


Optional toppings

Diced avocado

2% sour cream

Chopped fresh cilantro

Sliced scallions




In a large heavy-bottom pot, warm the oil and sauté onions, carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes and mushrooms, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cumin, crushed pepper flakes and chili powder as well as the garlic and jalapeno and cook a few more minutes until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, all beans and chick peas, oregano, chipotle in adobo, tomato paste and cinnamon. At this point, you can add a little vegetable broth or vegetable juice or water if you like your chili a bit thinner. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stir in the corn; cook 5 more minutes – until corn is heated through.

Serve with diced avocados, some sour cream, scallions and cilantro, and spritz with a little lime if you desire.

Recipe courtesy of Ulli Stachl