You're not going to believe how awesome this chili tastes and how easy it is to make. I make batches and take it to work for lunch for the week. It's really filling and very healthy. You can substitute the chili beans with kidney beans if you wish, but be sure to drain them if you do. It's even better the next day, and if you omit the optional cheese, it's vegan-friendly!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

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

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  • Mix the tomatoes, onion, white beans, chili beans, taco seasoning mix, and ranch dressing mix in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, mix in the burger crumbles, and continue cooking until heated through. Top with cheese to serve.

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Nutrition Facts

433 calories; protein 29.6g; carbohydrates 39.8g; fat 20.4g; cholesterol 39.5mg; sodium 1691.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2005
Let me start by saying that I am NOT a vegetarian. I made this for my book club (vegetarians and non) last night and they LOVED it. It has a great consistency and the flavors are wonderful. The vegi burger crubmles gave it a good texture that most non meat chili recipies seem to lack. I just dumped everything in the crock pot and cooked on high for 3 hours and it couldn't have been easier. Everyone is asking for the recipie. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(93)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2010
Very salty and lacking in vegetables. I made this because I had all the ingredients on hand and didn't have time to go to the store but I would not make this again. Read More
(15)
164 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 124
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2005
Let me start by saying that I am NOT a vegetarian. I made this for my book club (vegetarians and non) last night and they LOVED it. It has a great consistency and the flavors are wonderful. The vegi burger crubmles gave it a good texture that most non meat chili recipies seem to lack. I just dumped everything in the crock pot and cooked on high for 3 hours and it couldn't have been easier. Everyone is asking for the recipie. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(93)
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2010
My husband and I want to start cooking some vegetarian dishes because they are healthier but we like meat and we're not big fans of veggies. So I thought chili would be a safe start. We were both a little freaked out about the vegetarian meat substitute so I remembered a chili I've had from Pullman, WA where we went to college (they grow a ton of lentils) and substituted lentils. I boiled 2 cups of lentils according to the directions on the bag and added it to the dish instead of the meat crumbles. It came out AWESOME. I hope others try my lentil substitute, because it was really amazing. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2007
I admit I was skeptical of this recipe. It looked too simple and I just couldn't imagine that taco seasoning and ranch dressing mix would come together to make a tasty chili. It does! I followed the recipe exactly but substituted ground beef for the vegetarian crumbles. I served this with cornbread muffins. Delicious! I can't think of a thing to change with the exception that maybe next time I will add some chopped green pepper. I can't wait to have leftovers for lunch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2006
This makes a fantastic vegetarian "chili"! I've also made it w/ground beef in place of the veggie crumbles and with or without beans. It is really good and I love that it is SO easy. It's good for everyone...grown ups kids - everyone who likes "chili" (and even some who don't!)will enjoy this. Chili Snobs may sneer but I'm telling you this is a surprisingly delicious easy recipe. Thanks Read More
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2007
It was really amazing how well it came out. I used 1/2cup barly instead of the fake beef and added a little bit of chili mix. All in all amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2011
you're right i didn't believe how good it would be! followed the previous reviewer's suggestion of making the taco and ranch seasoning from recipes on the site (cutting out most of the salt). this really saved me cos i'm hard up for groceries for a few days and i had the stuff on hand (used yves mexican ground round instead of burgers). this is a keeper. thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
I really like this recipe the ranch spices really help make it stand out against the typical chili I make. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2010
This was a fabulous recipe! I loved that it was fast easy and versitile. You could easily substitute the veggie meat for ground beef or ground turkey and it would work great. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out very tasty. My kids didn't even know it was veggie meat! I would definately make this again and again! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2011
Used the Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix (2 tbsp) and Taco Seasoning I (2 tbsp) both from allrecipes. Excellent chili! Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2010
Very salty and lacking in vegetables. I made this because I had all the ingredients on hand and didn't have time to go to the store but I would not make this again. Read More
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