Request Response – Vegetarian Chili

Yesterday was food day here, but I had a request for this recipe, so here it is. WARNING: Contains many cans (tins, if you’re British).


  • Fantastic World Foods vegan Taco Filling mix
  • can of chili beans or kidney beans
  • can of diced tomatoes or fresh diced tomatoes
  • 2 small cans of tomato sauce
  • water as desired
  • cooked broken spaghetti — YES, SPAGHETTI! This is MY recipe, and we eat spaghetti in our chili around here!

If you prefer to leave out the Taco Filling mix and use your own spices, begin by heating a little oil in the bottom of a saucepan and toasting the spices and some chopped onion until the spices are fragrant and the onion is translucent and softish.

Okay, I don’t know how much “meat” or spice you like in your chili. The Taco Filling mix has onions and spices in it, so the more you use, the spicier and “meatier” the chili will be. Reconstitute as much of the mix as you want for your chili. Add everything else EXCEPT the spaghetti. Serve that on the side so people who go, “Ewww! SPAGHETTI IN CHILI??” can leave it out. Also, if you put the spaghetti IN the chili before serving, the spaghetti gets all bloated and mooshy and then it really is ewww. You can get canned chili beans of various heats.

So that was what we had for supper last night, along with corn bread and apple salad.


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or plain milk with 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 egg
  • margarine

Melt margarine in skillet. Combine all other ingredients. Pour into skillet. Cover. Cook on medium until bottom of bread is toasty and top is dry. Slide bread out onto a plate and invert plate over skillet to brown other side of bread.


  • apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • celery, diced
  • walnuts
  • raisins
  • mayonnaise (or salad dressing, if you must)

WRITING PROMPT: How responsive is your main character to requests? Does it matter who does the requesting or what the request entails, or is your main character always OF COURSE or NO?


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Request Response – Vegetarian Chili

  1. DL Morrese

    September 22, 2011 at 8:40am

    Sounds good. I never thought of using taco mix for chili. I normally just open up a can of Hormel’s though. They have a great vegetarian chili – although not all stores carry it. And spaghetti in chili? Nothing odd there. Just a variation on chili-mac. I have it often, although I just boil up some elbows and mix them the Hormel’s. πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      September 22, 2011 at 8:57am

      THAT sounds good! Is your chili pretty thick, then? What we have is sometimes called Chili Soup. You have to use crackers to thicken it up.

      My Aunt Rose used to make chili mac! I utterly LOATHED it as a child, but I love it now. πŸ™‚

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  2. Brinda

    September 22, 2011 at 3:44pm

    Yummo.! I’ll be trying these recipes since the weather is “chili” weather now. Thanks for posting.

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      Marian Allen

      September 22, 2011 at 5:57pm

      Hope you enjoy the recipes. We all did–even our grandson. πŸ™‚

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  3. Abby

    September 26, 2011 at 11:24am

    Thanks for posting this interesting recipes. I’ll try to make some of these.

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  4. Xeanne

    September 30, 2011 at 12:40pm

    I like to try new things specially in the kitchen, I love to cook. And this is new to me so definitely I will try this.

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      Marian Allen

      September 30, 2011 at 3:13pm

      It isn’t very elegant–not much more than “open can and heat”–but it is good! Hope you like it, too. πŸ™‚

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