Friday, May 6, 2016

Trader Joe's Organic Vegetarian Chili With Red Beans & Onion

Trader Joe's carried a vegetarian chili for a long time, but then it disappeared before I got around to trying it. Now it's back, reformulated with all organic ingredients. (It's not explicitly labeled as vegan, but that's not because of any dairy ingredients. No explanation is given for why it doesn't get the "V" symbol. I'm guessing it has something to do with being made in a facility that also makes stuff with milk products, so they can't guarantee that there isn't some trace of such things making its way into this stuff.)

I was worried about buying something with "onion" in the product name, but I was relieved to find that the onion is not prominent in either taste or appearance. In fact, the only thing that's prominent in taste is pepper. There's a moderate level of hotness, but not a lot else going on. That is, there's not the happy party of flavors that characterize really good chili.

I didn't mind eating it for dinner last night. And today I'll polish off the leftovers for my lunch, and be content. But it basically leaves me bored.

Will I buy it again? 



  1. My husband and I have trouble with eating anything that smells strongly of soy before it is cooked. When we opened a can of this, the soy smell was so strong that we had to throw it away and out of the apartment. Of course, this was my fault for not reading the ingredients carefully when I was in the store.

  2. The previous version was also organic- and literally exactly the same as amy's organics vegetarian chili.
    I was so happy this finally returned!!
    It's same as it always was as far as i can tell, and yes it's very mild. I don't think i have ever had not vegetarian chili so perhaps those have a different flavor profile...? I like it best over a baked potato, or scooped up with those amazing TJs corn chips

  3. I bake a sweet potato & top it off with this chili, absolutely delicious!