Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne served on a white plate with rice, grated cheese, guacamole and tortilla chips.

Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne

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How to serve Chilli Con Carne Vegetarian? With cooked rice, guacamole, tortilla chips, soured cream and greated cheese.


My Way To


It was ages ago when I cooked for the first time. And it was so easy back then!

At first, I fried some beef. Next, I opened a pack of seasoning mix, added it along with tomatoes and red beans and done!

Yes, however much I am embarrassed to admit to it now, I have to make this confession. In the past, I used a shop-bought mix to make that dish.

And there is something even more embarrassing. When that ready to prepare packet wasn’t available anymore… I stopped cooking this dish.

It took me some time to realize I could make it myself from scratch and it would taste equally good or even better.  And furthermore – I would exactly know what was in it.

When I started preparing proper Chilli Con Carne, it soon became one of our family’s favourites.

So when my daughter decided to go on a plant-based diet, I knew I had to face another challenge. I had to cook a meal that is based on meat without the meat.

And obviously, I had to make it taste like a real thing.


Chilli Con Carne Recipe – How to Achieve the Authentic Flavour


Finding a replacement for meat wasn’t that difficult.

Just as it was in the case of vegetarian Bolognese Sauce, I used mushrooms. In my opinion, it is quite easy to achieve a texture and look of fried minced meat when you use thinly chopped champignons instead.

But I still had to get the same taste of the dish as we knew from the meaty version.

I decided to take the easiest route and to use for my Veggie Chilli Con Carne, the same ingredients and spices as I did for the original dish.

I think this strategy worked incredibly well. There were quite a few people who couldn’t believe it was indeed Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne.

P.S. If you would like to have a Vegan Chili Con Carne, either omit the sour cream or replace it with a vegan equivalent.


Chilli con carne vegetarian


Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne served on a white plate with rice, grated cheese, guacamole and tortilla chips.

Vegetarian Chilli Con Carne (vegetarian/vegan)

Agnieszka Weiner
Chilli Con Carne for vegans and vegetarians: made with mushrooms instead of meat, with a bit of chocolate for the great taste.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 500 g mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (approx. 400 g)
  • 200 ml tomato passata
  • 1 tin red beans
  • 5-10 g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)

To serve:

  • sour cream (or vegan substitute)
  • Cheddar cheese (or vegan substitute), grated
  • cooked rice


  • Heat the olive oil in a big frying pan; add the onions and garlic, sweat on a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cumin and chilli, fry for a minute.
  • Add the mushrooms and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, passata, salt and fry for 10-15 minutes till the sauce thickens.
  • Add chocolate, red beans and adjust the seasoning. Serve on a bed of cooked rice with a dollop of sour cream and grated cheese on top.
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  1. So yummy! Can’t wait to try this

  2. It is! You will be surprised that it tastes like the original version made with meat 🙂

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