Vegan Chili

By Bethany Holmes, HCTP May 2017

The perfect warm and cozy winter meal! Packed with veggies, fiber, and flavor, it will leave you feeling full and satisfied! Not vegan? No worries – just add ground beef, chicken, or turkey!


  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 30 ounces diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnishing
  • Toppings: chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, tortilla chips, vegan cheese, etc.


  1. In a large pot, sauté onions, peppers, garlic, celery, zucchini, and carrots in olive oil with salt and pepper. (If adding meat, include it now.)
  2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, black beans, and kidney beans. Add water or vegetable stock, if too thick.
  3. Let all ingredients simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite toppings.

Bethany Holmes is a certified holistic Health Coach, luxury and wellness travel advisor, and the creator of The Healthy B. Prior to becoming a Health Coach, Bethany earned her degree in communications from Michigan State University and worked in human resources for six years. In 2015, Bethany underwent emergency brain surgery to save her life from a large brain hemorrhage. From that experience, Bethany started on a healing journey and was inspired to enroll at IIN to put her focus into health and wellness and help others live their best lives through diet, lifestyle, and mind-set changes. Through Bethany’s recovery, she saw the need for Health Coaches in the health industry, specifically in surgery recovery. Bethany’s passion is to work with clients who have been through health traumas or have recently been diagnosed with a chronic condition and need guidance in adjusting to a new lifestyle that promotes healing and balance. She believes the mind heals the body; therefore mindfulness is a large part of her coaching. Find more from Bethany on her website and Instagram.

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