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Vegan Mushroom Chili

Vegan Mushroom Chili


And so begins VeganMoFo (Vegan Month of Food)! I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this event. If you are not familiar with “the mofo” as I refer to it, it is a month long event where tons of bloggers post about all things vegan. I have heard about it for a few years now and this is my first year participating as one of the bloggers!

I hope that my non-vegan followers stay aboard as I bring Fall Comfort Foods, all. month. long.

Vegan Mushroom Chili

Today I bring you what I consider to be the dish that signals the start of Fall in my mind. A good hearty chili. And what is chili without a cinnamon roll?

Ok, I know some of you are completely agreeing with me right now. You get it. You grew up eating chili and cinnamon rolls your whole life and in your mind they just go together. But the rest of you are sitting here reading this and saying “what the…? Chili and cinnamon rolls? Are you freaking crazy?” No. Well not completely.

Vegan Mushroom Chili

You see, growing up where I grew up (which is in Kansas) this is a very common meal. In fact, it is on most school lunch menus. Chili day was always the best school lunch day. Because without fail every “chili day” at school was accompanied by a warm gooey cinnamon roll. And this isn’t really considered a dessert. It is more of a side dish.

I do have to say to those of you who have never heard of this combination and are asking yourself “so do you pour the chili over the cinnamon roll?” The answer for most people is no. They are two separate items eaten in the same meal that compliment each other in the best way possible.

But for me, the answer is: kind of. I am kind of obsessed with the contrasts of the spicy and sweet.  And I literally throw my cinnamon roll into the bowl and devour them together. STOP JUDGING ME! It is amazing.


Today I bring you my favorite chili I have made to date. And I have made A LOT of chili. There are a few ingredients that make this chili incredibly awesome. Cinnamon, a touch of cocoa powder, balsamic vinegar, and pumpkin.  My sister introduced me to adding pumpkin to chili a few years ago and I never leave it out anymore. The pumpkin really doesn’t add a pumpkin flavor, it just makes it incredibly thick and creamy. Even if you don’t like pumpkin, give it a try! It only ups the nutritious and delicious factors. Tomorrow I will bring you the recipe for these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls!

Vegan Mushroom Chili

Vegan Mushroom Chili


  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBSP dried basil
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • green onions (optional)
  • avocado (optional)


  1. For the chili seasoning, mix together all of the spices. (Alternatively, use your favorite chili seasoning with the addition of the cinnamon and cocoa powder.)
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat
  3. Add the mushrooms to the pot and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and corn to the pot and saute for a few more minutes until slightly softened (about 2 more minutes)
  5. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Add the pumpkin, black beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce, roasted tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and spice mixture to the pot.
  7. Stir very well until all is combined.
  8. Turn the heat down to low and cook for another hour, stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve with green onions and avocado slices if desired and definitely with a cinnamon roll!
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 0

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22 comments on “Vegan Mushroom Chili”

  1. This combination sounds awesome and I can’t wait to try it. After all, a lot of people eat sweet cornbread alongside chili so it is not that crazy. Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite sweets, easily!

    • You have to let me know if you do try it Frany! It is awesome. It amazes me how many people have never heard of this.

  2. Ha! You’re going to laugh..I have a chili recipe that I’m posting today that looks IDENTICAL to yours, picture wise! I had to do a double take! I just took all the photos yesterday. Of course the recipe is different….mine is a Mexican style chili, but with avocados in it, it looks the same. I love the addition of balsamic vinegar to yours. I love balsamic vinegar. It sounds wonderful…especially with cinnamon rolls!

    • Great minds think alike! I will have to check yours out. Chili is one of my favorite things in the world. Mexican style sounds really good. I always add vinegar to my stews. It really helps bring out the other flavors and just gives it a kick.

  3. Okay. You are kinda blowing my mind right about now. I have NEVER heard of this combination but I am sitting here invisioning what the taste combos would be like and you have totally made me wanna try it! It sounds so good, K! You are freaking adorable, btw…

    • You HAVE to try it Cara! I think it is one of my goals in life to introduce the world to this combo. Because everyone NEEDS it in their life. NEEDS!

      Can’t wait to see all your freaking awesomeness this month. Haven’t chatted in a while. Hope you are doing fabulously!

  4. I love the idea of pumpkin in chili. I am going to try that the next time I make it. Nothing like increasing the nutrition even more!

  5. I’ve never tried, or even heard of this combination until now, but I’m suddenly craving it! It looks delicious- much better than sopping up chili with cornbread… once you post the cinnamon roll recipe, I’ll have to give this a try!

    • I agree about the cornbread. I’m not a huge fan of it. It is too dry and crumbly. Cinnamon rolls will be coming your way tomorrow!

  6. tryiiiing not to judge you 😛

    I’m one of those people who doesn’t let any of her food touch, though. So the idea of a cinnamon roll in chili makes me go “AAHHHH” and have an OCD induced panic attack.

    But I still love you 🙂

  7. I love the way you think!!! Cinnamon rolls and chili sound pretty fantastic together:-) Your chili looks so hearty and delicious, and perfect for football Sunday:-) Take care, Terra

  8. Even thought it still feels like summer around here, I need chili in my life! I really need to try your recipe, specially the seasoning, you had me at “cocoa powder”.

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  10. Okay I Love Chili and I love Cinnamon Rolls – why on earth have I never eaten them together?! This is brilliant, I have to give it a try soon!

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  13. This recipe is so inspiring due to the spice blend. I’d love to try it but cannot use mushrooms. Can you suggest a substitute?

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