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Cat’s Chunky {Vegetarian} Chili

cats chunky chili in a potWe had a wonderful Memorial Day and weekend which included parades, history lessons, and a cookout.  We’ve been doing The Daniel Plan for 15 days now, but for the holiday weekend we took a break.  I know, that’s not strictly sticking to the plan, but life is life.  We were more loose with our eating habits, but we did not go crazy and were still mindful of making good decisions.  I even ran for the first time in forever on Saturday morning.  It was a good weekend.  But now it’s time to buckle down again.

This morning I made up a batch of this chili which will be for our dinner tonight and some leftovers for lunches.  It’s a take off of my usual chili recipe and I just modified it slightly to make it more Daniel Plan friendly.


  • 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bell peppers {I used 1 green & 1 yellow}
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 of a 16 oz bag of dried red kidney beans
  • 2 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of dried basil
  • a pinch of sea salt & fresh ground black pepper {to taste}

1. Follow the directions on the bag of beans for how to soak and cook them.  You can usually soak them overnight or do what is called a quick soak.  I did the quick soak and then cooked mine according to the directions on the package.  Set the beans aside.

chunky chili kidney beans after rinsing2. Chop the onion and bell peppers.  Smash the garlic.

the chili ingredients on the cutting board being chopped3. Heat the tablespoon of oil in a stock pot on medium heat.  Add the garlic, onions, and peppers to the pan and cook until tender.

4. Add in the two cans of tomatoes (don’t drain them), the beans, chili powder, basil, salt, and pepper.

cats chunky chili simmering in the pot5. Bring to a boil.  Then turn the heat down, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  And you’re done!

My husband really likes chunky chili so I kept everything chunky but if you like your chili not so chunky, then you could dice your veggies up more and use crushed tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes.  Also, if you’re doing the Daniel Plan, be sure to check the back of the can of tomatoes to be sure that there are no added artificial preservatives, chemicals, or sugar.  Enjoy!

For more information about the Daniel Plan, see my other Daniel Plan posts:

The Daniel Plan

Daniel Plan Day 4

Daniel Plan Day 10

Daniel Plan Berry Smoothie Recipe

You can also follow along with me on Instagram (marymarthamama), where I post some pictures of what I’m eating {among other things}.

Disclaimer: Please note that my posts on the Daniel Plan are not medical advice, they are merely my personal experiences.

Lisa Loves John

Friday 30th of May 2014

Ahh! I've heard a lot about the Daniel Plan... I will have to make sure I follow along!


Friday 30th of May 2014

I think a lot of people have been doing it lately. Same thing with the Whole 30.

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Mary Martha Mama