I'd probably get some serious Texan stinkeye for calling this chili, since it a.) has no meat and b.) contains beans.
That being said, vegetarians and vegans deserve a meatless chili option. And, though I am nowhere NEAR being vegetarian or vegan (I love my beef and eggs and dairy far too much), this dish has so much flavor, that you won't even miss the meat at all - I promise!
Here in Birmingham, we have a local cafe/music venue called The Bottletree. One of their most well-known and best-loved menu items is their vegan chili, which won the local news' championship chili contest.
The flavor in this chili comes not only from the spices, but from roasting the peppers, which gives the pepper a deep, complex flavor. Also, unlike most chili recipes, which require hours of simmering, you can have this on the table in about 30 minutes. Not bad! To shortcut this dish even more, you could even use frozen vegetables instead of fresh!
Roasted Pepper Chili (Vegan/Vegetarian)
loosely adapted from White On Rice Couple
2 medium anaheim chilis
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium white onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 medium carrots, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 bell peppers, seeded & diced
2 15oz cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp tamari
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Wash chili pepper and pat dry. Rub with a bit of olive oil, then roast for 15 minutes, turning frequently, until skin is bubbled and charred. You can also use your broiler; just make sure you keep a CLOSE eye on the peppers.
Remove from oven and place in a plastic bag for 15 minutes; remove the seeds and skin, then dice the chili pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan; add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly softened.
Add the celery, bell pepper and roasted chilis. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the beans, tamari, cumin, chili powder, salt, tomatoes and broth. Stir well and let simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving.