Celebrate National Chili Day This Meatless Monday

February 19th, 2018

One of the most popular American dishes to go meatless is chili. The Tex-Mex staple has seen various incarnations since it made its first appearances more than a century ago. Today, it remains one of the easiest ways to have dinner on Meatless Monday – and we have the recipes to prove it!

If you’re wondering if there is a right or wrong way to make a meat-free chili, wonder no more. Chili is not only easy to make meatless, the addition of beans means an easy protein replacement. Just don’t mention this to natives of San Antonio. The chili purists claim that beans have no place in authentic chili, but this has been a point of dispute for decades. If you really want to know the most important ingredient in chili, it’s cumin. This fact dates back to the late 1800s when Canary Island immigrants who lived in Texas and are said to have originated chili using a variety of meats as well as onions, garlic, and, of course, chili peppers. Later, the regions “chili queens” would sell their chili at stands for anyone who came by needing a hot meal.

No matter what was in it, chili has kept hungry people fed for a very long time. It may have taken many forms, but a bowl of stewed veggies and spices is hard to beat when the weather is chilly – no pun intended – or you just want something wholesome with a kick. By leaving out the meat, chili can provide all the nutrients and protein you need while being heart healthy.

National Chili Day is officially February 22, but you can serve up a meatless chili for Meatless Monday tonight with our free Monday Chili cookbook! Here’s a preview of one of the recipes inside.

Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili

Download our chili cookbook today to find a great meat-free chili recipe and put a healthy spin on an American food tradition!