This post was supposed to be written and posted yesterday, but life had other plans.  Months ago I was asked, by a friend, to photograph the birth of her third child.  A photographer herself she wanted raw, narrative birth images of her son being born.  Yesterday afternoon, he made his way into the world and I was privileged to be there, snapping away from behind the lens.  Life is pretty beautiful sometimes.  My camera has brought me some amazing experiences.  I have to say, that one definitely makes the top 5.

Moving on to our recipe for today.  This is the second of two budget friendly recipes I put together for the Michigan State students that emailed.  It’s a vegetarian chili, perfect for cool, fall days and football Saturdays.  It’s spicy. It can be very spicy depending on how many chipotle peppers are added.  That is up to you.

vegetarian chili

Vegetarian Chipotle Chili


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped $1.00
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced $1.14
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1-3 teaspoons chopped chipotles in adobo sauce (I used 2 teaspoons and it was spicy!) $1.17
  • 1 12 ounce bottle of beer (many also use vegetable broth) $1.69
  • 28 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes, chopped $2.00
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained $0.68
  • 1 can pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained $0.68


  1. Heat olive oil, in a large saucepan, over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic, onion and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring often, until softened.
  4. Add the chili powder and chipotles to the saucepan and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  5. Add the beer and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes more.
  6. Add the tomatoes and beans. Season further with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Simmer until thickened for an additional 20-25 minutes.
  8. Serve topped with cheddar and sour cream. Add some jalepenos if you still need a little more heat.

adapted from Real Simple magazine

Meal total $9.36, serves 4 at $2.34/person

vegetarian chili

vegetarian chili

vegetarian chili

Have a great weekend!


One Response to Vegetarian Chipotle Chili

  1. This looks so good. This weekend finally shows signs of cooling temperatures, so I may be trying this soon!!! Florida is the pits when you are craving a pot of something warm.

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