Delicious Pepper Chili Stew Recipe for Spicy Food Lovers

Looking for a hearty, healthy and satisfying meal that will keep you warm and cozy on those crisp fall evenings? Look no further than this Hippie Pepper Chili Stew recipe. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan or meat lover, this recipe satisfies all taste buds.

As a culinary explorer, I have always been fascinated by diverse cuisines that use fresh ingredients to create wholesome, flavorful dishes. I stumbled upon this Hippie Pepper Chili Stew recipe during one of my adventures in New Mexico, where green chiles are a staple ingredient in many recipes. After sampling several variations, I was inspired to fuse different flavors to create this magical and mouth-watering stew.

The recipe combines the bold flavors of cumin and chili powder with the crunchiness of zucchini, bell peppers, and celery ribs. It features cannellini beans and diced tomatoes with green chilies that blend together beautifully with a good ol’ beer.

This recipe has been tried and tested by many hippies, and it’s no surprise it has become a favorite among food enthusiasts all over the world. So grab your apron, roll up your sleeves and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hippie Pepper Chili Stew
Hippie Pepper Chili Stew

Are you in the mood for something hearty and full of flavor? Then look no further than this hippie pepper chili stew recipe. I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

First off, this recipe is incredibly versatile. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat lover, you can easily adapt this recipe to your liking. It works well with ground beef or pork, or simply beans for a vegan chili. And don’t let the “hippie” label fool you – it’s flavorful enough to satisfy even the most carnivorous palates.

But what really sets this recipe apart is the combination of ingredients used to create a bold and complex flavor profile. Cannellini beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, beer, zucchini, cumin, chili powder, garlic cloves, green bell pepper, celery ribs, carrot and yellow onion all come together beautifully to create a harmonious mix of textures and flavors.

The addition of hippie peppers – also known as New Mexico chilies – gives this recipe a subtle heat that will leave you wanting more. But if you prefer spicier food, feel free to kick it up a notch with some fresh jalapenos or serranos.

And let’s not forget about the toppings. The classic combo of tortilla chips (or fried flour tortillas), sour cream and cilantro adds the perfect amount of coolness and crunch to balance out the rich flavors of the stew.

All in all, there’s no denying that this hippie pepper chili stew recipe is a crowd-pleaser full of flavor and comfort. So why not give it a try? You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A hearty bowl of Hippie Pepper Chili Stew - perfect for a cozy night in
A hearty bowl of Hippie Pepper Chili Stew – perfect for a cozy night in

Get ready to stock up your pantry as we explore the ingredients needed to make this Hippie Pepper Chili Stew recipe. This delicious vegan chili recipe features a unique blend of various spices and vegetables to create an explosion of flavors in every bite. Let’s take a look at the ingredient list:


  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

Canned Goods

  • 1 can (15 oz) of cannellini beans
  • 2 cans (14 oz each) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can (12 oz) of beer


  • Chili powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin – 2 teaspoons
  • Oregano – 1 teaspoon


  • Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sour cream (optional)

You can easily find these ingredients at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Don’t forget to check if you have all the ingredients before starting with the recipe. Let’s dive into making this delicious Hippie Pepper Chili Stew.

The Recipe How-To

It’s time to bring out the pots and get cooking! As a culinary explorer, I’m excited to share with you how to make this flavorful Hippie Pepper Chili Stew recipe. Here is a step-by-step guide on creating this spicy and hearty dish.


Before we jump into the cooking process, let’s make sure we have all the necessary ingredients. Make sure to wash and chop all the vegetables to get them ready for cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cans of cannellini beans (15 oz each)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies (14.5 oz each)
  • 1 bottle of beer (12 oz)
  • Olive oil (1 tablespoon)
  • Chili powder (1 tablespoon)
  • Ground cumin (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt and black pepper

Cooking Process

  1. Heat up the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion to the pot and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes until it starts to brown.
  3. Toss in the garlic and chili powder and continue stirring for an additional minute.
  4. Add celery, green bell pepper, carrot and cook gently for another five minutes.
  5. Stir in the zucchini and red bell peppers then cook it for another two minutes.
  6. Add some salt, black pepper, cannellini beans along with their juice, diced tomatoes with their juice, beer and chili powder all at once.
  7. Give it a good stir then reduce heat to low and let it simmer slowly until everything melds together – approximately an hour or so.

Serving and Pairing

This stew goes perfectly with some toppings such as tortilla chips, sour cream or cilantro leaves. You can even serve it on top of rice or with a side of tortillas!

Pairing wise, I recommend mild beers or lagers that bring extra lightness to balance out the bold flavors of the hippie pepper chili stew.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to give yourself a taste of voodoo hippie chili!

Substitutions and Variations

One of the best things about this hippie pepper chili stew recipe is how versatile it can be. Here are some substitution and variation ideas that’ll make it into your go-to meal:

– Protein: While beef or pork are commonly used, you can easily swap them for a vegetarian protein like beans or lentils to make it vegan. You can also try using ground turkey or chicken to decrease the fat content.

– Heat Level: The original recipe calls for green chilies, but you can use hotter chilies like jalapeños, habaneros, or even ghost peppers if you want to spice up the stew. Conversely, you can use milder ones or omit them altogether if you prefer a mild taste.

– Vegetables: Feel free to play around with the vegetables in this recipe! It’s an excellent way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. Spinach, kale, and mushrooms complement this recipe quite well.

– Beer: If you want to omit the beer, you can substitute it with vegetable broth or meat broth.

– Spices: Even though cumin and chili powder are fundamental spices in chili recipes, you can still experiment by incorporating other spices like oregano, thyme, or smoked paprika.

– Toppings: When serving this chili, don’t forget to include fun toppings like shredded cheese, sliced avocado, tortilla chips/chunks, cilantro leaves, sour cream. These toppings enhance the flavor profile and texture of the chili.

Overall this hippie pepper chili stew recipe is highly customizable to suit your dietary needs and personal preferences without sacrificing taste.

Serving and Pairing

There are few things as satisfying as a steaming hot bowl of chili stew. One great thing about this Hippie Pepper Chili Stew recipe is that it’s versatile enough to serve on its own, with sides, or as a topping for other dishes.

For a classic presentation, top with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro right before serving. Want some crunch? Sprinkle some tortilla chips over the top for added texture and flavor.

As far as pairings go, this hearty chili stew pairs well with different beverages depending on your mood. If you’re looking for something refreshing and light, a cold beer or crisp white wine can be the perfect choice to cut through the richness of the dish.

For a bolder contrast, consider a spicy red wine like Zinfandel or Shiraz. The combination of the bold flavors in the chili stew with the rich fruitiness of these wines is sure to be a winning pairing.

If you’re going vegetarian or vegan, try serving this chili stew over a bed of quinoa or brown rice for added protein and nutrients. And for meat lovers, feel free to mix it up by adding in some ground beef or pork or even mackerel for an extra dash of smokiness.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this Hippie Pepper Chili Stew recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling warm and cozy inside.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Once made, the Hippie Pepper Chili Stew recipe can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later consumption. For those with a busy schedule, it is recommended to prepare larger batches of this savory meal ahead of time so that they can save themselves from the hassle of making this delectable stew from scratch every day.

To store your chili stew, allow it to cool down to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bags. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating is simple and quick. Thaw the frozen chili in the refrigerator overnight before reheating it on a stove over medium heat until it reaches boiling temperatures. If you prefer to use a microwave, transfer the chili stew into a microwave-safe bowl and reheat on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Do note that reheated chili tends to become thicker compared to freshly cooked chili, so don’t forget to add more liquid in small amounts as needed. Pair your reheated Hippie Pepper Chili Stew with crunchy tortilla chips or warm tortillas and top it off with fresh cilantro, sour cream or avocado slices for additional flavor and texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

Making a hearty bowl of Hippie Pepper Chili Stew is exciting and gratifying, but there are a few techniques that will turn an average stovetop creation into a mouth-watering meal. Here are some useful tips to make a perfect pot of stew that will satisfy every taste bud.

Firstly, if you want to achieve deep, rich flavors in your chili stew recipe, take your time in the preparation process. Start by browning your ground beef or pork to layer on more texture and aroma to the recipe. Similarly, if you are making a vegan chili, take the time to sauté veggies such as onions, garlic, bell peppers, and carrots with adequate oil.

In addition, seasoning is crucial in bringing out the desired taste in your hippie pepper chili stew. Olive oil is a must-have ingredient for this dish since it adds richness and flavor to other ingredients. Enhance whole spices such as cumin and chili powder by first lightly toasting them before adding them to your pot. Add salt towards the end of cooking since too much salt vanishes during cooking; hence ending up with an over-salted stew.

While at it, consider pre-soaking cannellini beans for up to twelve hours beforehand. The result will be softer texture beans that cook faster than un-soaked ones. Take advantage of diced tomatoes with green chilies because they give your recipe an extra kick of flavor without being too spicy—unless you want it spicy.

Chili stews also happen to be one-pot meals that require minimal work when using optimal kitchen tools such as large soup pots or Dutch ovens while trying new recipes like Voodoo Hippie Chili. Lastly, feel free to experiment with different substitutions based on preference or availability while maintaining mutual proportions amongst ingredients.

With these simple tips for perfect results, you will surely fulfill your culinary adventurous side by dishing out undoubtedly delicious outcomes with ease.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are looking to switch things up in the kitchen and try something adventurous, I highly recommend giving this Hippie Pepper Chili Stew Recipe a try. Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, this chili stew will satisfy your cravings with its delicious blend of fresh veggies, spices, and canned ingredients.

As an added bonus, this recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing you to make substitutions or variations to cater to your own tastes. Serve it with tortilla chips, cilantro, and sour cream for a classic chili experience, or pair it with a cold beer for a more casual vibe. You can even make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer for later use.

All of the ingredient instructions and tips for perfect results will ensure that even first-time chefs can execute this recipe with ease. What’s more? This hippie pepper chili stew is packed with nutrients from beans and veggies – so it’s healthy too!

With all these reasons in mind, embrace your inner culinary explorer and try out our Hippie Pepper Chili Stew Recipe tonight!

Hippie Pepper Chili Stew

Hippie Pepper Chili Stew Recipe

My quest to find a good vegetarian chili recipe ended with this. It’s a combination of a couple of recipes plus some adjustments and additions of my own. My roommate says it is not chili–more like a stew–but still really good, if only I left out the bell peppers. I don’t really measure or time my recipes, so this is a bit approximate. Season with salt and pepper every step or two. It’s vegan as long as you don’t top with the optional sour cream.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Calories 184.4 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, minced, seeded if you like, depending on preferred heat level
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 -2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 dash cumin (to taste)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 0.5 (12 ounce) beer, whatever you like
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 (16 ounce) package lite extra-firm tofu, drained, patted dry, and large-diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed or (15 ounce) can any other beans
  • sour cream (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)
  • pickled jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • tortilla (optional)
  • tortilla chips (optional)


  • Add oil then onion to a large pot and saute a couple of minutes.
  • Add carrot and celery and saute a couple of minutes further.
  • Add green bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Saute a further 5 minutes or so.
  • Add zucchini, beer, and 1 can of tomatoes. Cook until heated through.
  • Add the other can of tomatoes, tofu, and beans.
  • Check for seasoning and simmer a few minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with whatever you like (I like a dollop of sour cream, chopped cilantro, and rough-chopped pickled jalapeno. I like to serve it with a few blue corn tortilla chips and a small warmed flour tortilla.).

Your Own Notes


Serving: 350gCalories: 184.4kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 9.2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 609.1mgFiber: 6.5gSugar: 3.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beans, Egg-free, Free Of…, Peppers, Soy/Tofu, Spicy, Stew, Vegan, Vegetable
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