Chili and I have had quite a few run-ins over the past year.

First-date-like encounters that leave you asking yourself, is this really the one?  Or is it the one for


Can I see myself growing old with it?  Feeding it to my kids, grandkids and (fingers crossed) great grandkids?

Will we survive the good, the bad?  The better, the worse?


I can tell you from experience that you can’t know for sure until you do find it.

You take one bite and all of a sudden you’re picturing white houses with picket fences (and no darling boyfriend, this does not mean that I ever want to leave the isle of Manhattan. It’s a metaphor), a pie in the oven and a pot of chili…this chili…bubbling away on the stove.

Yes, really, when it all comes down to it. It’s as simple as that.


So what is so special about this chili, you ask?  I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Maybe it’s the beans. Or the excessive(ly awesome) amount of veggies. Or the smoky heat from three different kinds of chiles and a heck of a lot of cumin.

Who knows. I don’t think it’s the kind of thing you can explain, or would want to even if you could.

All I can say is – make it. Pair it with this beer bread, which is fabulous on so many levels.

And if it’s right…you’ll know.


One year ago…Chai-Spiced Cupcakes with Honey Frosting
Two years ago…Oven-Fried Tepin Chile Chicken and Waffles with a Juniper-Infused Pomegranate Maple Syrup, Wasabi and Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Brownies
Three years ago…Pork Chop Milanese with Arugula Salad
Four years ago…Roasted Butternut Squash and Guacamole Sandwich

Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili with Parmesan-Black Pepper Beer Bread
This smoky chipotle vegetarian chili is so richly flavored that you won't even miss the meat! And it's heat is paired perfectly with this cheesy parmesan-black pepper beer bread.
Yield: 10 servings
For the chili
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 summer squash, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • stems from 1 bunch cilantro
  • One 4-oz can green chiles
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 (15 oz) cans fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 bottle dark Mexican beer
  • avocado, cilantro, cheese, sour cream for garnish
For the parmesan-black pepper beer bread
  • 3¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2½ tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 14 oz beer (I used a dark Mexican beer)
  • ½ cup unsalted melted butter, divided
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1½-2 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper
  1. For the chili, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and saute until they begin to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Add the zucchini and summer squash, sauteing about 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. While the veggies are cooking, in a food processor, combine the garlic, cilantro stems, green chiles, chipotle chiles, and ½ cup broth. Pulse to combine.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the chile mixture to the pot of veggies. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add in all of the beans, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and beer, as well as the remaining broth.
  5. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until the liquids thicken and the veggies begin to break down, about 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with garnishes of choice.
  7. For the beer bread, preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease the loaf pan and set aside.
  8. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the beer, ¼ cup melted butter, parmesan cheese and black pepper. Stir to combine, but only until the dough just comes together.
  9. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan. Top with the remaining butter and bake for 1 hour or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Allow to cool until just warm before slicing.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl



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95 Responses to Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili with Parmesan-Black Pepper Beer Bread

  1. Ania K says:

    That bread looks amazing!!

  2. bellini says:

    Talk about comfort food on both accounts Joanne.

  3. Simply Life says:

    gah! that combination sounds amaaaazing!

  4. Gorgeous stew… rustic bread. Totally after my heart with this one.

  5. Happy birthday Joanne! Looks like we both had beer on our minds weekend. Rob made beer fries which were delicious. Does this chili taste like beer?

  6. Between the chili and tons of veggies and cumin and the black pepper/parm bread, I love this post!

  7. Gloria says:

    all look delicious Joanee but I love your bread amazing!!!!

  8. Foodycat says:

    Looks absolutely delicious.

  9. Oooooh, this chili does sound just wonderful!
    And that beer bread? I HAVE to try it.
    Happy birthday!

  10. I love chili so very much, but don’t have ‘the one’. I flit around from one chili to another. Someday I’m sure I’ll find the magic one for me! This one here will definitely be given a try. I love the cilantro stems and chilies included in sauce.

  11. marie says:

    That is my idea of a perfect meal, beans, avocado and bread. I am trying to fit in all the soups, stews and chili’s in before it heats up. I love one pot cooking.

  12. Amy says:

    For as long as I can remember, I always made my chili with beans (and sometimes ground beef.) And then a few years ago, a bunch of people (not just one, but seriously a bunch) all of a sudden started getting on my case that chili should be made with stew meat, and possibly no beans at all. What the whaaaa? That is craziness. So I Googled it (of course) and apparently, traditional chili (or at least chili from Texas), sure enough, is made that way.

    But I don’t live in Texas, so um… I’m making mine with beans. And sometimes ground beef. And maybe with veggies. And chipotle. And maybe soon, because it’s been far too long.

    Happy birthday sweetheart!!! <3 <3 <3

  13. Beth says:

    What a fabulous meal!

  14. Marcia says:

    You know, I’ve had these cans of chipotle for so long…I haven’t used them because I’m afraid of the spice for the kiddo. Well, I finally used some yesterday! The rest is on a tray in the freezer…

  15. I want it all!! Girl, we need to hang out together and eat your fantastic recipes! Everything looks so good!!!!!!

  16. Danielle says:

    Chili is my all time favorite food. I love trying new chili recipes and this sounds full of flavor.

  17. so many beans! so many veggies! definitely one to try out 🙂

  18. Mary says:

    What a treat, Joanne. it sounds delicious and your photos are so good they’ve made me wish for a bowl – for breakfast yet :-). I hope you had a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  19. Sarah says:

    happy birthday joanne! this chili sounds amazing. i’ve recently fallen in love with chipotle peppers in soup…and in chili i bet they are even more amazing. yum!

  20. Jessie says:

    Three kinds of chilis AND beer bread?? I’m there (with my own bowl and spoon, so I hope there’s plenty to go around 😉 ).

    Happy Birthday, Joanne! I hope today is both fabulous and normal. Thinking of you!

  21. Alisa says:

    Wow, I could use a big bowl of this right now. An entire post of comfort food. I love it!

  22. My chili recipe always changes, but I dig this one! Happy Birthday friend. Enjoy your cake!! xo

  23. Lora says:

    You can’t do this to me! I haven’t eaten breakfast and I want this deliciousness now for an early lunch.

  24. Pam says:

    It might just be the one! It looks tasty and so does the beer bread.

  25. SallyBR says:

    For some reason, your pot of chili made me remember an old relative, a Portuguese lady who used to make an amazing feijoada (the Brazilian national dish, black beans and pork). She was a hoot! One day told me that the secret for her feijoada was adding two tablets of Alka Seltzer to the pot… you know, to prevent unwanted beans’ “side-effects”

    she passed away decades ago, but I still miss her.

  26. Ask me to pair anything with beer bread and I’ll say – okay! I will! In Portland, February is deceiving because it gets a little warm sometimes. And you think – oh my! Spring is here! Only to realize, no it’s not – and it won’t be…ever… because we have rainy season from November -June and sunny season from July-October. So while I am being fooled by sweet mother earth right now, this chili will be most useful in about a week. 🙂

  27. sandra says:

    I have been all about bread lately – trying to hone the craft, as it were. And, ever since the beer-glazed black beans came out so good I think beer maybe my new favorite enhancer.

  28. Congratulations on being able to make someone want to eat chilli and beer at 4.21am! Its a true gift 😉

  29. Beer bread is the best with Chili! Happy Birthday lady 🙂

  30. Erica says:

    I love chili and that bread sounds fantastic!Love the addition of avocado slices!

  31. I actually don’t like beans (and believe me, after nearly 14 years as a vegetarian, I tried them in many applications). However, beer bread is always welcome–it never ceases to amaze me how something so easy can taste like ‘real’ bread.

  32. Eileen says:

    Happy happy birthday! And now I want chili with lots and lots of avocado and smoky chipotle flavor. 🙂

  33. Best winter meal EVER! Happy happy birthday! 🙂


  34. Sara says:

    Yum, this looks incredible! Loving the avocados on top…so good with chili! And that bread looks so yum! 🙂

  35. Guru Uru says:

    Chili does not look better than this 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  36. Happy Birthday my friend – hope you have the best day!

    Chili plus beer bread is the absolute best kind of comfort food – love this 🙂

  37. Hotly Spiced says:

    That is a great looking chilli and I love how it packs a bit of heat. This would be very warming on a cold winter’s day xx

  38. Dining Alone says:

    I love canned green chiles to add a unique flavor to food, I use them all of the time!

  39. Wow im looking forward to the winter so I can make this. I have a friend who would go crazy for this.

  40. how did you know that a cold front just moved in and we are craving chili?! That parmesan beer bread sounds amazing!

  41. Ashley says:

    I love how many veggies are in this chili – it looks fab! And beer in there AND beer bread? Um…yes.

  42. Natalie G says:

    So many beans and veggies in this chili, I love it! The bread sounds really good too, I bet they go so well together!

  43. Wow…I love your enthusiasm for this chili. It has to be very good so I thank you for sharing the recipe.

  44. P says:

    I love spicy chili with corn bread, but this beer bread looks like it would make a better pairing!!

  45. london bakes says:

    I still haven’t found that perfect chilli for me so I’m definitely going to try this one!

  46. I made a Mexican spiced chili this week and it was SO good with olive pesto bread. 🙂 Your chili sounds fantastic, and now I’m absolutely craving beer bread. Yum!! 🙂

  47. This looks like a delicious meal! I love the beer bread with the black pepper – very yummy. Plus I love fresh avocado on top of some chili!

  48. OohLookBel says:

    This recipe has lots of ingredients, but sounds utterly delicious. I can just see you standing with this at your picket-fenced house 🙂

  49. Karis says:

    Both recipes sound fantastic, but your beer bread recipe has especially caught my attention. The only beer bread I’ve ever had came from those terrible Tastefully Simple mixes…I know, I know but my co-workers are always hosting parties and I feel obligated to buy something.

  50. teresa says:

    chili makes a frequent appearance in our house too and it’s always a battle between my husband and i over who makes the best one (it’s me). this looks just awesome, i love the smoky flavors, and the bread looks perfect with it!

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    I don’t know what looks better the chilli or the bread – could imagine them being together perfectly – chilli seems to be on leave in our house right now but needs to return soon

  52. Lynn says:

    That looks so good – especially with avocado on top.

  53. I haven’t found the perfect chili yet but I haven’t tried that hard either .. I feel like it’s an important recipe to have in your arsenal though! I’ll have to give this recipe a try next!
    Also, happy birthday! 🙂

  54. ummm you had me at beer bread then at smoky chipotle then at chili:) It all sounds incredible

  55. Colynn O says:

    Maybe it’s the dark Mexican beer that makes it. Haha. Just kidding…it’s definitely all of the ingredients together. I bet this has more than a day’s worth of vegetable servings in it. Good job! 🙂

  56. Christine says:

    Whoa, way too high on the Scoville scale for this girl. I’d have to title it “fire in the hole”. 🙂 Looks good though! The beer bread sounds delicious! Just saw another post mentioning beer bread and I’ve been itching to make one. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear! Hope it was completely wonderful!!!!

  57. That Girl says:

    I don’t get it. I can’t comprehend anyone not being head over heels in love with one of the most perfect foods in the world 😉

  58. Or it could be the fire roasted tomatoes. Hope you had a good day yesterday 🙂

  59. Kerstin says:

    Yum, looks like such a yummy veggie chili – I bet my meat loving hubby would even love it! 🙂

  60. Kari says:

    This sounds like a gorgeous dish – and also, happy birthday!

  61. Katerina says:

    Cumin gives a middle eastern flair to all dishes! I am sure this chili has this special flavor to be come a staple and the bread matches perfectly!

  62. I love that there’s beer in your chili and your bread. I did that once too-great minds! Also, I love your chili esp since I have almost everything to make it and was planning on making a big pot tomorrow (looking like it’s gonna be a snow day as the roads are totally covered in over a foot of snow and undriveable). Thank you for the inspiration! BTW, it’s crazy that you call for cilantro stems. Perhaps the only recipe I’ve ever seen that calls for them. What is up with that anyway? So you can save the pretty tops for garnish?

  63. Debbie says:

    Now that is a vegetarian chili….wow! Another one that I want to try! And a belated Happy Birthday to you!

  64. I love a chili that’s packed with veggies! And that bread sounds so tasty, beer bread is so easy and rewarding

  65. Barbara says:

    The chili looks fabulous, Joanne, but that black pepper beer bread takes the prize. Can’t wait to make it! ( Spoon Fork Bacon is such a great blog.)

  66. Ooh this chili looks fabulous. Even though I eat meat- I always prefer veggie chili.
    And about that bread- I’ve been seeing some amazing beer-quickbreds lately and I love them! I bet it has the best malty taste!
    (And Happy belated B-day yesterday. I know you were’t into celebrating but I was thinking of you! xo)

  67. Cathleen says:

    This looks SO good! Anything chipotle and I come running. And beer bread? Never tried it, but would love to

  68. cindspectus says:

    That beer bread looks delicious. I used to get the beer bread mix from Trader Joe’s (pour mix in bowl, add beer, bake), but they don’t make it anymore, so I guess I need to start making my own! I love the idea of doing it with Parmesan and black pepper.

  69. Sippity Sup says:

    Is chili a metaphor? Or did you really eat chili on a first date? GREG

  70. Chris says:

    Oooo I did something vegetarian this weekend, you’d be proud 😉

    This chili sounds pretty damn good, I don’t think I’d care that it is meatless.

  71. Joyti says:

    Ooo, that sounds delicious! I’ve only tried one chili – Greens restaurant black bean chili – but this one sounds much more complex and full of other bits of deliciousness.

  72. While I love chili, I just keep eyeing that bread. It looks amazing!

  73. Reeni Pisano says:

    I am loving the trio of beans in this chili and that bread! Perfectly matched with the chili and destined for dipping!

  74. Mari says:

    I am loving everything on this page! That bread looks amazing and I love how you described everything =)

  75. I can always use another yummy chilly recipe! Mmmm!

  76. Annie Patz says:

    YES! Vegetarian chili! You’re awesome. As a pescatarian I give you props. I have made vegetarian chili with the Morning star crumbles before but I don’t think I’ve ever tried one with just veggies, this looks so tasty, I must try it!

  77. Excuse me? Hello? Parmesan Black Pepper Beer Bread – be still my heart! This chili sounds amazing as well…but gah…you’d have a hard time prying this loaf away from me.

  78. Candace says:

    This would be perfect for the nasty cold wintery weather we are having up here in Narnia. I think I’m in love with that bread. Seriously.

  79. woman!
    that bread!
    wow, why didn’t you make this earlier in winter so i could make it?
    just printed that one out.
    many thanks!!

  80. elly says:

    Great looking chili, and I’m craving that bread! I make savory parmesan/black pepper biscotti and love them, so the bread sounds awesome.

  81. grace says:

    every bowl of chili needs some awesome bread to be eaten with it, even this delightful vegetarian version, which you seem to have absolutely packed with flavor!

  82. Mary Younkin says:

    wow! That chili and the bread both sound incredible.

  83. Abby says:

    hello veggies. and why haven’t i been pairing beer bread with chili before? awesome dish girl!

  84. Natalie says:

    I am always down for trying a new chili recipe…and a new beer bread recipe while we’re at it! yum and yum!

  85. Oh man this screams comfort in a bowl. I just need to soak up that pepper bread with this chili goodness here and I’m in heaven!

  86. I make a similar veg chili, but next time will add the beer bread!! Delicious!

  87. I love the fire roasted tomatoes in this. I’ve used them a few times in other recipes and they really make’em sing. Look forward to the vegetable awesomeness on this chili.

  88. Mmm… this looks so hearty and good. Loving the avocado on top too. 😉 Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.

  89. Laura says:

    One of the things I love best about chili is that I stopped looking for the one, stopped measuring or looking at recipes, and just accepted that it would turn out as the whim took me lol! This one looks delicious and the bread is perfect.

  90. This looks way yummy. I do believe I could totally serve this to my carnivore husband and he wouldn’t put up a fight.

  91. Even though spring has sprung here in the South, we’re having a cold snap with temps in the 20’s at night . . . this would be a perfect chili to warm the bones . . . and the soul. The bread that you paired with the chipotle-flavored chili is just perfect Joanne!

  92. Simon says:

    First comment i’ve ever put on a website for a recipe, had to for this one! Made this a week ago and it was awesome. Going to make it again real soon. Cheers

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