{Vegan} Red Bean Chili with Everyday Maven

Today my friends begins a new series of Guest Post Friday.   I know  many of you thought it was gone forever, but because of  our new community of Food Bloggers on Google+ it’s been resurrected.   If you were here you’d see my happy dance, granted it’s not much of a dance but the intent is there and I promise you that I am smiling!

What’s that you say Chef Dennis,  A Food Bloggers Community on Google+?   That’s right my friends, we have a home now.  The G+ Food Bloggers Community is growing everyday, with over 700 members already.   It’s a place to ask questions, and get answers.  It’s a place to hangout with your friends, a place to connect with all those food bloggers you thought you’d lost forever.   We’re back and better than ever!

Not only do we have a spam free community, but we’re playing to a packed house.  The folks on G+ love Food Porn, and they’re all looking for new foodie friends.   So if you’re not already on G+, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, but consider this your invitation.

That goes for all my readers who aren’t food bloggers too.  If your looking for inspiration in the kitchen, we’ve got it for you, and so much more!

Come for the Food, and We’ll give you the World…..

So today my friends it gives me great pleasure to introduce a member of our food blogging community on G+, Alyssa  the Everyday Maven  where you’ll find everyday recipes made healthy and simple.   So please join me in welcoming…….

Everyday Maven

Hi Everyone! My name is Alyssa and I am the EverydayMaven.

EverydayMaven is dedicated to “Simple and delicious everyday recipes for the home cook who wants to keep their food clean and their waistline trim!”

To put what I do over at Everyday Maven in shorthand,: “EverydayMaven is where Whole Foods meets Weight Watchers!”

I use whole food ingredients to make leaner, lighter and more accessible versions of everyday recipes, always making sure the dishes are as delicious as their counterparts!

Weight Watchers Vegan Chili Recipe

Today, I am here to share a Vegan Red Bean Chili with Millet with you. Since it’s winter and so cold right now, there is nothing like a quick and healthy bowl of Chili to warm your bones for lunch or dinner.

I make a lot of chili in my house and at any given time, have one or two variations in my freezer. It is just an easy meal that everyone loves and is really versatile — high in protein and can be low in fats.

Vegan Red Bean Chili

You can top baked potatoes with it, serve it over rice or Quinoa, alongside a salad or cooked vegetables. Make tacos out of it, use it as a burrito filling or even top of scrambled eggs!

Then there are the toppings – baked tortilla chips, stirring in polenta, roasted corn, cilantro, raw onions, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, pickled jalapenos, guacamole and on and on. Another great thing about chili – as long as everyone likes the base, the toppings are up for customization so you can really please everyone!

This Vegan Red Bean Chili with Millet might be short on beef, chicken or turkey but its not short on taste. I used a combination of Mexican and Ancho Chili Powders to give this a mild kick and finished it with some Millet for a bit of texture and extra heft. This freezes great and comes together with a minimal effort.

A huge Thank You to Chef Dennis for hosting me here today and I hope to see some of you over at Everyday Maven!

Vegan Red Bean Chili 2

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Vegan Red Bean Chili
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 to 6 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • ½ jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1½ tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup millet
  • 4½ cups cooked kidney beans (or 3 14.5-ounce cans rinsed and drained)
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups bean broth or vegetable stock
  1. Chop garlic, onion, celery and jalapeno. To save time, use your food processor (which is what I did!). Prepare onion, celery and jalapeno by quartering or chopping into large chunks. Add garlic, celery and jalapeno to bowl of food processor and process until chopped. Add in onion and pulse a couple of times.
  2. Combine all spices in a small bowl.
  3. Measure millet and broth and set aside.
  4. Open beans, rinse and drain or measure cooked beans and bean broth.
  5. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Once hot, add oil. Add garlic and onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Next, add in the spices and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  7. Add millet, beans, crushed tomatoes and broth. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  8. Once boiling, cover, lower light to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove lid, raise light to medium and continue to cook uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. Excellent topped with cilantro or parsley and baked tortilla chips. Serve and Enjoy!
I cooked the Kidney Beans from dried and used the bean broth but a vegetable broth and canned beans that are rinsed and drained will work just the same. P.S. If you are cooking your kidney beans from dried, read this – unlike most beans, they need to be boiled for 10 full minutes to kill off a naturally occurring toxin. 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus Per Serving — Individual Serving is 1 Heaping Cup


 I hope you enjoyed the return of Guest Post Friday, now before you forget head on over to Everyday Maven and say hi to Alyssa, just remember to tell her Chef Dennis sent you.

Have a happy weekend!


  1. That is a great looking chili! I really like the idea of using millet in it.

    Chef Dennis – you have done a wonderful job building the G+ community. (By the way – the panel discussion Tuesday night was super.)

  2. Thank you again for hosting me Dennis! 🙂

  3. mm i am always looking for food that is both vegan and hearty! (not that i’m vegan myself, but i enjoy vegan food). this looks excellent for winter!

  4. Hi Alyssa, nice to see you here! This chili looks so comforting and delish with the wonderful spice blend you used!

  5. Mmmm…this looks amazing! I always love Alyssa’s food and was so excited to see a new (to me) use for millet. I’m definitely going to be giving this a try.

  6. I am such a chili lover. This look fantastic! Perfect for the winter months!

  7. Looks like something I need to get on my menu! Thanks!

  8. I’ve never tried millet, but this recipe makes me want to soon. Nice to meet you, Alyssa! Dennis, thanks for starting up Guest Post Fridays again and for all your efforts on G+!

  9. This recipe sounds really good and healthy. It is snowing here today and I could really go for a bowl of vegan chili 🙂

  10. Have been a follower of Alyssa for a while. Chili is comfort food for cold damp weather which we are having today. Like the addition of millet.

  11. What a lovely post, Alyssa! We adore chili and I recently discovered millet, so I’m excited to try your recipe. I’m happy to discover your terrific blog, too, Dennis! Hope you’re both enjoying a wonderful weekend.

  12. Nice to meet you through Alyssa. The food blogging community is a vibrant and creative part of the blogging community and it is great that there are some folk like yourself to harness it a bit through Google+. I must admit to having signed up for when it started out but never used it. I must remedy that if it is as you describe. Sounds like a good move for all of us. And, of course, Alyssa’s recipe is fabulous and comforting. Millet isn’t just for bird feeders!

    • Thanks Kellie, It’s very nice to meet you as well. If I can help you on G+ just let me know, I do have a few tutorials and you tube videos that many have found useful. Our community on G+ is growing everyday.

  13. Great recipe. A properly made bean chili – and this one is properly made – really doesn’t need meat. The spices combined with the natural meatiness of the beans carries the day. I make a similar chili, and add sweet potatoes for extra flavor. Anyway, good stuff – thanks.

  14. Nice recipe Alyssa, and glad to meet you here! As some of the others shared, millet is a surprise. I’ll bet it makes the dish chewy-luscious. Warming spices, healthy, perfect for chilly weather. I can see making a big batch to enjoy for a few meals. Look forward to checking out Everyday Maven (and getting more involved with Google +).

  15. I love Alyssa, such a warm person! This chili looks packed with flavor and I love that it is vegan.

  16. So excited to see one of Alyssa’s recipes featured here, Chef Dennis! This one looks perfect for these chilly days, and I love the use of millet!

  17. This looks and sounds delicious!

  18. I’ve had millet in my “bulk drawer” for a few weeks — thank you for giving me a great recipe to try it for the first time. We loved it!

  19. Melanie says:

    This chili is amazing! I quadrupled it, and made it in my crockpot using dried beans instead of canned and no one could tell it was vegan. Yeah baby! I mistook chili powder for cayenne, at first, but caught it before it went in the pot.

  20. Zakiyyah says:

    Tried this recipe yesterday. Couldn’t find millet for some reason so I substituted orzo pasta. I am sure it’s not the same but it was a sub suggestion on another post. Chili came out quite nicely. I cannot say I am a true chili lover so I thought the seasonings were intense. I cooked the red beans from dry first and then proceeded with all other ingredients. I also couldn’t find ancho chili powder so I substituted with chiptole chili powder and that may also be the reason for the extra intensity. Definitely a hearty meal that needs no meat! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. This chili is awesome!


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