Vegetarian Chorizo Chili

I’m so excited about this recipe! Vegetarian chili has been a long time favorite of mine. It’s so perfect for fall, and it can be packed with tons of vegetables, beans, and other good for you things.

So when Red Gold offered to send me some of their canned tomatoes for a review, I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for! Since I wanted to do a little twist on my typical vegetarian chili, (and since I was serving this up to meat eaters) I decided to add in some of Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo. If you don’t have a TJ’s near by, you can use Morningstar Farms soy crumbles, Lightlife crumbles, or Boca crumbles. You just might want to add an additional kick of spices.

Red Gold sent me lots of different canned tomato varieties. I used the four below in this recipe: Diced tomatoes, petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and petite diced with green chilies. It was the perfect blend for a chunky, spicy chili base.

Chorizo chili

Vegetarian Chorizo Chili

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 package soy chorizo (or 1 1/2 cups soy crumbles)
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes (the Red Gold really were delicious!)
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

Start by dicing your onion and bell pepper, and saute in olive oil over medium heat until they begin to soften. Turn the heat up to high, and add in the chorizo. After a minute or two, add in all the tomatoes, beans and spices. Simmer over medium heat for about an hour. It’s super easy to throw all of this together! I served it with tortilla chips, and everyone else added some cheese on top. I’m not a big fan of cheese on my chili, so I left mine vegan-style. I tried not to make it too spicy… but I’m a bad judge of “too spicy”… it’s never too spicy.

I cooked this up for 3 meat eaters (although I couldn’t convince Conor to try it) and it seemed to go over quite well. I also had some leftover, which made an easy and fast packed lunch. Meals like this are so hearty and delicious. The perfect way to stay satisfied.

Note: I received Red Gold Tomatoes free of charge, in exchange for a review. All opinion expressed are my own. Let’s be honest, would I ever steer you wrong? No. Now go give them a try!

Do you like spicy foods?


  1. This sounds delicious and like something my meat eating husband would love! I am able to better tolerate spicy foods now. Before I met Vishnu, I couldn’t handle anything more than one red pepper flake. But since his family really enjoys spicy foods, my taste buds are adjusting!

  2. I love that you can have vegetarian chorizo. just awesome!

  3. This is basically my favorite chili! I’m planning on making it this weekend!

  4. oo yum! I love chili 🙂 I’ve actually never tried soy crumbles.. I should check them out… I usually just eat chili with just veggies haha I like spicy.. just not too too spicy lol

  5. I am such a wimp when it comes to spice!! Like I cant handle even a little bit! My daddy however, loves spicy foods. I always know its hot when he gets the hiccups 🙂

  6. This sounds great!

  7. You know what, I add nutella granules to my pasta but never did it to any soup. Its such a great idea. Love the color.

  8. Yum!! This looks amazing. I’m a baby when it comes to spicy foods!

  9. I never used to like spicy, but now I love it! Also, I love the idea of black beans instead of kidney beans…I like them so much better!

  10. My boyfriend will love this! He loves spicy chorizo anything and I think the thought of vegetarian chili depresses him. Not anymore! Great recipe, Liz!

  11. Hmm I think this could be an awesome compromise for the carnivore/vegetarian household I live in!

  12. Yum!! I can’t wait for my first chili of the year!! And for the record… nothing is every too spicy 😛

  13. I did not used to like spicy foods, but when I went to Texas, it was as though all of a sudden my tastebuds changed and nothing was too spicy. Now I think I’ve found a middle ground. I like to still TASTE food. 🙂 [Of course, there was that time I finally tried the Jungle Curry at the best Thai place in Austin and it literally was making my eyes water but it was so good I just couldn’t stop…] I think I prefer smoky (chipotle) to super spicy.

  14. Veggie chili is one of my favorite meals, and I love how there are so many different ways to make it. Your recipe is entirely different than mine and I can’t wait to give it try!

  15. I LOVE spicy and this chilli sounds wonderful, Liz!! I think I have seen the “soyrizo” in Walmart from time to time. I’ll have to keep an eye out!

  16. I love TJ’s soy chorizo–fooled some meat eaters with a chorizo-paella not too long ago. And nope, it’s never too spicy. Spicy food? Still needs sriracha on top. Thai-hot Thai food? Gift from the gods.

  17. Mmmm, I love chili, it is my favorite fall/winter food! I am actually making a huge pot of it for our christmas gathering with the hubster’s siblings and stepmom 🙂

  18. Yum! Can’t wait to try this out:) The last chili recipe I followed was a disaster, But your recipes always seem to turn out perfect so I’m excited to make this!

  19. Hey hey HEY! I had McDonalds and I could barely finish that. And THEN you shoved fudge down my throat repeatedly! Can you blame me?! Miss your face.

  20. This sounds great… however, I’m not a big fan of very spicy foods. I’m kind of sort of a wimp to be honest, Ha Ha.

  21. wow veggie chorizo, never seen that in UK. I just love spicy!

  22. Do I “like” spicy foods – Ha! – the joke always is if it burns your mouth off then “she’ll take it” hahaha. So normal. Think my tastebuds are probably gone at this point or something 😉 This chili looks like a great way to veggify a usually meat-filled dish too! I have some of these tomatoes coming my way too, can’t wait to try them out 🙂

  23. I love spicy foods, but as the years go by my tolerance for chilli seems to be decreasing.

  24. I like a little bit of heat. Rold Gold and Dei Fratelli are my go-to tomato picks.

  25. This looks so amazing! I have been wanting to find a new chili recipe to try!

  26. In India we cook a lot of curry based dishes, this combination sounds great…It’d be something new for me to try out….good one!


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