Vegetarian Chili Recipe (2024)

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Vegetarian Chili and Macaroni and Cheese combine in this comforting meal. Flavorful vegetable chili, elbow macaroni, and a creamy cheese sauce makes this a hearty and nourishing meal even meat eaters will enjoy.

I created this Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese as part of a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are my own.

Vegetarian Chili Recipe (1)

Today I’m bringing you the ultimate comfort food. Chili + mac and cheese! I combined the two in this hearty and nourishing meal. Although this recipe is vegetarian, even meat eaters will enjoy it! Flavorful vegetarian chili, elbow macaroni, and a creamy cheese sauce. What’s not to love?!

Vegetarian Chili Recipe (2)

I cook vegetarian meals for my family quite often. I also have several members of my extended family who are vegetarian. I am a firm believer that vegetarian cuisine can be just as hearty and tasty as any othercuisine. Morningstar Farms makes it easy to produce flavorful recipes with their line of vegetarian products. I used their Grillers Crumbles in this Chili Mac and Cheese, which has quickly become a newstaple in our house.

Vegetarian Chili Recipe (3)

The base of this recipe is an easy vegetable chili. It is filled with bell peppers, onions, carrots, green chiles, corn, tomatoes, and beans. Pasta is added and cooks right in the chili. A simplecheddar cheese sauce is made, and it gets poured into the chili to make this dish extra creamy and cheesy.

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As the weather cools and you’re looking forcomforting meals to share around your table, I hope you’ll give this Chili Mac and Cheesea try. You can get the ingredients needed at Target (look for the Morningstar Grillers Crumbles in the freezer department).Let me know how you like it!

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Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili and macaroni and cheese combine in this comforting vegetarian meal. Flavorful vegetable chili, elbow macaroni, and a creamy cheese sauce makes this a hearty and nourishing meal even meat eaters will enjoy.

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Course: main, Main dish, vegetarian

Cuisine: American

Servings: 10

Calories: 444kcal

Author: Allison – Celebrating Sweets



  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 -6 tablespoons chili seasoning mix, see note
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz package Morningstar Farms Grillers Crumbles
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen or canned corn, I used fire roasted
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, I used fire roasted
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, I used fire roasted
  • Two 15 oz cans of beans, drained (I used black beans and kidney beans)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni

Cheese sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish if desired



  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion, bell peppers, carrot, and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add chili seasoning mix, salt, Morningstar Farms Grillers Crumbles, green chiles, and corn. Stir to combine. Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, beans, and water. Stir to combine. Raise heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add macaroni. Continue to boil, stirring occasionally, until the macaroni is cooked through (about 10 minutes). If the pasta absorbs too much liquid, you can add more water (½ cup at a time). Meanwhile, prepare the cheese sauce.

Cheese sauce:

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until combined. Pour in the milk, while whisking, then add the salt and pepper. Continue to cook, whisking frequently, until the milk simmers and thickens slightly (do not boil). Stir in 2 cups of grated cheese. Remove from heat.

  • Once the pasta is tender, pour the cheese sauce into the chili mac, and stir to combine. Season to taste with additional salt. Use the remaining cup of grated cheddar to sprinkle over each serving.


Make sure you use a chili seasoning mix which is a blend of spices instead of just plain chili powder. Adjust the amount (from 4-6 tablespoons) based on your personal preference.


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 934mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2080IU | Vitamin C: 41.2mg | Calcium: 350mg | Iron: 4.3mg

Nutritional Information is an estimate based on third-party calculations and may vary based on products used and serving sizes.

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    • Celebrating Sweets

      Sure! Feel free to leave them out. Enjoy!


  1. Ari

    Vegetarian Chili Recipe (8)
    Omg This was sooooo amazingly bomb!!! Thank you for the recipe 🙂


    • Celebrating Sweets

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment. 🙂


  2. Katie Cole

    This was great! So much flavor and deliciousness – great fall weather comfort food. I added an extra can of pinto beans and was left with so much food, has anyone tried freezing it? I’m wondering how it would hold up.


    • Celebrating Sweets

      Hi, Katie. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it does make a large quantity. I think it should be fine to freeze. I’d recommend reheating individual portions with a splash of water to help it stay creamy. Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Eileen Tatu

    I made this vegan by not doing the cheese sauce and it is so amazing!!


    • Allison

      Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂


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