Do you love chili? Did you think you had to give up this old favorite because you would switch to a low calorie or vegetarian diet? Well, I will introduce you two vegetarian chili recipes. With them, you can enjoy healthier versions of one of your favorite dishes.

Of the two recipes, one is for the average palate, and the other is for those who like something spicier.

* Easy Vegetarian Chili

Here is a simple, easy to prepare chili recipe. For this recipe, you will need:

- 1/2 onion, diced

- 1 bell pepper, diced

- 3 garlic cloves, minced

- 2 teaspoons olive oil

- 1 can of diced tomatoes

- 3 tablespoons vegetable broth

- 2 tablespoons chili powder

- 1 can of pinto or black beans, drained

- 1 can of kidney beans, drained

1. Add the olive oil to a large soup pot. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper to the pot, and saute for about 4 or 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth and chili powder to the pot. Stir the mixture together.

3. With the heat set to medium-low, add the black beans and kidney beans to the mixture.

4. Cook the chili for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you have the time, reduce the heat and let the chili simmer for a while. The longer the cooking time, the more enhanced the flavor will be.

* Hot and Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Do you like your chili hot and spicy? If so, this recipe is for you.

For this recipe, you will need:

- 1 onion, diced

- 3 cloves of garlic, minced

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes

- 4 tablespoons of chili powder

- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

- 1 teaspoon each of cumin, red pepper flakes, and salt

- 1 1/2 cups of hot salsa

- 1 cup of water

- 3 cans of kidney beans

1. In a large soup pot, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil for about 4 or 5 minutes.

2. To the pot, add your tomatoes, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, red pepper, salt, hot salsa and water. Give the mixture a stir, and then let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the bean to the pot, then let the chili simmer for another 30 minutes. After that, it's ready to serve.

If you are a chili fan and a vegetarian the same time, you can give these two vegetarian chili recipes a try. You may find that you do not have to give up your favorite dish to stick to your healthy diet.