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Sheet Pan Chili

Sheet Pan Chili 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Oct 9, 2017

We found that a shovel-type spatula with a flat edge works well for stirring and serving the chili in the pan. Veggie crumbles give this oven-roasted chili a hearty texture, but you can leave them out.

There's a fair amount of fine chopping here; you can use a food processor.

Serve with corn bread or tortilla chips, or spoon it over macaroni and cheese.

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Tested size: 6-8 servings; makes 8 cups

  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, stemmed and seeded; 1 finely chopped, the other cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium green bell peppers, stemmed and seeded; 1 finely chopped, the other cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimenton; sweet or hot)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 26 ounces (3 1/4 cups) canned, no-salt-added chopped tomatoes, and their juices
  • About 11 ounces (3 cups) crumbled tempeh or veggie crumbles, such as Morning Star Farms brand (optional)
  • One 15-ounce can no-salt-added black beans or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Chopped avocado, for serving
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for serving
  • Shredded cheese, for serving (optional)
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Toss the red onion with the oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast (middle rack) until the onion is soft and just starting to brown, about 12 minutes.

Add the finely chopped red and green bell peppers (reserve the 3/4-inch pieces), the garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine and cook until the peppers are soft, about 10 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and add the tomatoes, tempeh or veggie crumbles, if using, the black beans, the 3/4-inch bell pepper pieces, water and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring gently to incorporate.

Carefully cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil, crimping it loosely around the edges; it's good to use oven mitts for this. Roast (middle rack) for about 45 minutes, stirring midway through the cooking, until the large pepper pieces are tender and the pan liquid has reduced somewhat. Taste and add more salt, as needed.

Divide among bowls; serve warm, topped with cilantro and serve with toppings of your choice.

Recipe Source

Adapted from "Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless: 100 Surprising Vegetarian Meals Straight from the Oven," by Raquel Pelzel (Workman, 2017).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 150

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 4g 6%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 190mg 8%

Total Carbohydrates: 24g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 8g 32%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 7g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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