Sometimes beans are what you want. Chili doesn't need meat to be mind-blowing--just look at these recipes for Roasted Tomato Poblano Vegetarian Chili or Vegetarian Cinnamon Java Chili, to start.
With bold spices and a hint of espresso, this sweet and spicy vegetarian chili stands up against even the meatiest competitors. Of course, carnivores can add in their choice of meats before cooking the onions.
A big bowl of red without the meat. But plenty of heat from poblano chiles.
Healthy veggies that's far from bland. You'll dig the mix of flavors, and the use of polenta (a carb like rice or potatoes) helps fill you up.
Is this stuff vegetarian chili or black bean dip? I dunno but here's my story: On a recent rescue mission to salvage my black bean soup, I stumbled upon this recipe for a black bean dip that would make any lard lover have second thoughts. I eat this s#@t alone, as a dip, and as an ingredient. This recipe takes time, so plan ahead.