61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 4

Who would have thought beans and peanut butter could go together in harmony? They do, in this satisfying vegetarian chili.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place the diced tomatoes, water, garlic, and bay leaves into a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and season with the cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Cover, and simmer 15 minutes.

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  • After 15 minutes, pour in the black beans and kidney beans; return to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter until dissolved, then remove and discard the bay leaves, and season the chili with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy with a sprinkle of Cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and smile!

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Nutrition Facts

347 calories; 16.1 g total fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 754 mg sodium. 34.8 g carbohydrates; 17.8 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (56)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2008
I would have never thought chili with peanut butter would be good... My brother unexpectadly showed up from college around dinner time asking what we were having... at 5:30 I still had no idea what I was going to make. I hardly had anything in the house but beans... so chili it was the only problem was I had no ground beef. I very wearly tried this recipe... My kids 6 and 4 bounded through the door asking what smelled so good! After the first bite they LOVED it... and they HATE my regular chili! My husband did raise his eyebrows a bit after the first bite I think he will be sticking to my original recipe but I loved this one and my kids have already asked for it again! I did increase the water as I may have added a bit to much peanut butter... it was really thick. I also added a bit more chili pepper and half a can of diced tomatoes with green chili's to give it a little more kick. It is better the second day... I had leftovers for lunch. Try it... especially if you need to through something together really quick!
(68)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/29/2008
I didn't like this at all. I tried to like it but I didn't like the texture of the peanut butter in the chili its hard to describe the texture. Trying to overlook the texture there seemed to be no real taste to this at all.
(6)
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2008
I would have never thought chili with peanut butter would be good... My brother unexpectadly showed up from college around dinner time asking what we were having... at 5:30 I still had no idea what I was going to make. I hardly had anything in the house but beans... so chili it was the only problem was I had no ground beef. I very wearly tried this recipe... My kids 6 and 4 bounded through the door asking what smelled so good! After the first bite they LOVED it... and they HATE my regular chili! My husband did raise his eyebrows a bit after the first bite I think he will be sticking to my original recipe but I loved this one and my kids have already asked for it again! I did increase the water as I may have added a bit to much peanut butter... it was really thick. I also added a bit more chili pepper and half a can of diced tomatoes with green chili's to give it a little more kick. It is better the second day... I had leftovers for lunch. Try it... especially if you need to through something together really quick!
(68)
Rating: 3 stars
11/05/2008
First off I made this dish exactly according to the recipe for evaluation. It bugs me to read a recipe review wherein the dish has had so many revisions and changes right out of the box that it bears no resemblance to the original intent. How is one to determine whether to give it a try or not? I do realize though that taste is a personal thing. And after taste-testing this chili made to the formula I thought it might suit me better with a few mods of my own. I tripled the chili powder to 1 tablespoon added 1/2 tsp cumin and a pinch each of cinnamon and allspice. For a little more acid to brighten the flavor just a bit and some extra spice as well I added a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes. It was still just a little thicker than I prefer so in went 1/4 cup or so of vegetable stock (in keeping with the vegetarian label though I'm no vegetarian). In my opinion my initial 3 stars went to 4 stars. I'm still wondering about the 3 garlic cloves AND ALSO garlic powder. Next time I'd probably just mince another couple of cloves. Quick and easy inexpensive and filling! Tastes good too!
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2008
Like the name states the peanut butter flavor was pretty strong. Since I cooked it and I knew everything that was in it I found the peanut butter overpowering. I feel like I wasted bay leaves...and garlic cloves. I should've just used a lot of garlic powder. The reason I'm giving this 5 stars is because my peanut butter loving husband loved it. I cook to make him happy and this chili did it. I'd give it four stars but the name clearly states "Peanut Butter Chili". So if you're a big fan of peanut butter you have to try this. The second day tasted better more spicy and we finished it so the comments about leftovers tasting better are true!
(30)
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Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2008
Very similar to African peanut soup. Tasty. Don't be put off by this recipe. It is quite good.
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
My family loves this. My granddaughter is vegetarian so for sunday dinners we eat meatless dinners. She has always asked for seconds. We also take it to the VA hospital nursing home where it has gone over very well in fact the second time we had to double the amount. Served for our christmas open house again a huge hit.
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2010
Honestly I'm not a fan of peanut butter but I felt creative today so I tried this recipe-- it's SO good! It had just enough kick for me (and I generally shy away from hotter foods) but I only gave it 4 stars because at the end of the original written recipe I thought it could use some additional things-- 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp season all 1/2 tsp black pepper and a longer cooking time so the chalkiness of the beans breaks down a little more.
(12)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2010
Well my daughter and I loved it. So it gets five stars! We're ignoring my husband's opinion ("Good thing I'm not hungry!") on this one. Wonderful with tortilla chips! Thanks for sharing!
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2010
Even my 8 yr old loved it! That's saying a lot. She doesn't eat anything.
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2008
This was exceptionally good! Each day it got a wee bit better than it was the day before! So I decided to challenge my picky grandsons (91/2 9 & 8 yrs)& on the 4th day I took it over to them and 2 of the boys asked me to make it for their birthday parties. They like spicy foods so I got generous with the cayenne pepper. The changes I made out of necessity was no italian seasoning so used some oregano & a little more thyme. It was perfect except that I began to crave it so when I got to the boys there wasn't enough to go around so their "Kind considerate" Dad thought it only fair that he clean up the rest of the bowl after they'd only been able to sample it! Thanks for a GREAT recipe! It's going into my meal rotation!
(10)