Vegetarian Chili (Chili sin Carne) with Grünkern

Vegetarian Chili sin Carne with Grünkern (Chili De Frijoles)

A simple and healthy vegetarian chili made with the German grain, Grünkern. Easily substituted with spelt, freekeh or other grain of choice.

Course Main Course
Category Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 288 kcal
Autor elle


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 small yellow onions, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 x 400 g can organic chopped tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Grünkern (150 g)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 x 400 g can kidney beans
  • 1 fresh red chili deseeded and membrane removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 square dark chocolate (70% cacao) (10 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lime, quartered

To garnish (optional)

  • fresh herbs such as flat-leaf parsley or cilantro
  • sprinkling of chili flakes for extra heat
  • sliced avocado


  1. In a large non-stick saucepan heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is transparent, about 6-7 minutes.
  2. Add the red pepper and carrot and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the spices and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Next add the chopped tomato, Grünkern and water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat slightly and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the kidney beans and fresh chili, cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the chocolate, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until chocolate melted and well combined.
  5. Serve into bowls. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and serve with a wedge of lime.