Zucchini Chili

Infuse your dinner time with a touch of freshness and a burst of flavor with this Zucchini Chili recipe. This heartwarming dish blends the richness of traditional chili with the subtle, earthy tones of fresh zucchini. It’s a perfect meal for those seeking both comfort and a serving of greens.

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • Cooking: 45 minutes
  • Total: 1 hour

Serving Size

  • Serves 6 people


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium zucchinis, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey for a lighter option)
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro and grated cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  3. Add the ground beef (or turkey) to the pot. Cook until browned, breaking it apart with a spoon, about 8 minutes.
  4. Mix in the diced zucchini and bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, or until they start to soften.
  5. Pour in the diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, and tomato paste. Stir well.
  6. Season the mixture with chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat and let it simmer uncovered for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chili thickens and the flavors meld together.
  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  9. Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro and grated cheddar cheese if desired.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

Calories330 kcal
Total Fat10 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Cholesterol50 mg
Sodium700 mg
Total Carbohydrate35 g
Dietary Fiber9 g
Sugars6 g
Protein22 g

This Zucchini Chili is not only a comforting and hearty meal but also a great way to incorporate vegetables into your diet. Enjoy it on a chilly evening or pack it for a nourishing meal on the go!