Vegan Chili Meat Balls + A Giveaway!

April 19, 2013

So. I was MIA again this Wednesday but for good reason.  I was working hard to put together a fantastic recipe to go alongside my first ever giveaway!  The folks over at Superior Touch were nice enough to shell out TEN jars of their Better Than Bouillon bases for a giveaway – that means FIVE people will each win 2 jars.  Not bad for my first one, right?  I’ve been a fan of the No Beef/Chicken (certified vegan!) bases for a long time, as evident by my three recipes already containing the bases, so I’m very happy to get to share them with you 🙂  Enter below in the Rafflecopter (it might take an extra minute to load). Winners will get to pick the two flavors they’d most like to try out.  In the required comment, please follow the instructions and indicate what flavors you’d like!! Unless you tell me otherwise, I’ll send the no beef and no chicken (my two faves) to the winners. 

(P.S. If you pin the image to pinterest, please mention the contest in your caption!)


Being a vegetarian typically means getting extra creative to make tasty foods and this recipe is no exception.  We’re coming out of soup weather, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to give up all of my favorites.  My mind floated around for a while, but eventually settled on chili meatless meatball.  My family has a not-so-healthy meatless meatball we like to make for appetizery meals that I absolutely love.  I took the basic idea (and almost none of the same ingredients) and combined it with a bean burger to make these beauties.  They don’t have a meaty texture, but they have a nice meaty, slightly spicy taste that screams “Chili!”


I went all out with this meatball and made a chili meatball sub for dinner.  I’ll post the recipe for the vegan cheese sauce next week, but go ahead and get started making these bad boys.  I had left overs for lunch on a salad, and it was amazing.  These were good on their own as a protein rich, high fiber snack, too.



Vegan Chili Meat Balls
Serves: 8

  • 2 c mixed vegetables, cooked until soft (I used a mix of carrot and cauliflower)
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 ½ tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • ⅓ c breadcrumbs (Can use GF)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Puree or mash the mixed veggies – these will help bind the meatballs together, so some chunks are okay.
  3. Lightly mash the two beans together, until ~50% whole beans remain.
  4. Mix all ingredients except breadcrumbs very well in a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and stir to combine.
  5. Shape into balls and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 270 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 50g Fiber: 12g Protein: 16g


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I finally caved and set up some social media for my blog! Thought this would be a good time to share it with everyone. The links are obviously in the Rafflecopter, but they should also now be linked in the sidebar!

Better Than Bouillon soup bases were provided for free for the giveaway.  I was in no way compensated for my opinions and all opinions are my own.

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    gaiantlc Apr 26, 2013

    I love the no-chicken and would love to try the no-beef! (I wish the mushroom was vegan!!!)

    Julie Apr 25, 2013

    I’d love to try the vegetable

    Donna Apr 25, 2013

    The no beef no chicken seems pretty great

    Nicole Apr 25, 2013

    I would love to try either the No Beef or No Chicken flavors

    Donna Apr 25, 2013

    This sounds great

      Kelly Apr 25, 2013

      Hi Donna, please note that you need to indicate which of the flavors you’d like to try if you win in order to have a valid entry!

    tcmary Apr 25, 2013

    I would love to try this, veg broth granules sometimes just not do it

    Carolsue Apr 24, 2013

    I have tried the Better than Boullion Chicken Broth and it’s excellent! I could use more!

    Lydia Claire Apr 24, 2013

    Vegetable Base (Reduced Sodium)

    Simona Apr 23, 2013

    Tried it before and I love it!

    bankruptvegan Apr 23, 2013

    I’ve only ever tried the vegetable base, and it is fantastic! But it’s hard to find where I live. Would love to win some!

    Christy Apr 23, 2013

    i’d love to try the chicken base. we’ve been trying to find a good bouillon for soups. Thanks!

    aimeed28 Apr 23, 2013

    I love the Better Than Buillon no-chicken base – delicious!

    charj Apr 23, 2013

    The vegan no beef base is my favorite

    Casy McNemar Apr 23, 2013

    Although I am vegan, I do actually love a beef-flavored entrée, so I think the BTB no beef case would be an awesome introduction into your product! Good luck, everyone.

    The Domestic Rebel Apr 23, 2013

    Seriously loving your vegan and vegetarian recipes Kelly! In Sacramento we have this small vegan/veggie cafe called Sunflower that has THE BESTTTT food ever. Their Nutburger is my favorite! So tasty. I wish they had veggie meatballs because I seriously love me some meatball sammies but haaate beef. These look SO perfect!

      Kelly Apr 23, 2013

      Thanks, I’m glad you like them! If I’m ever out that way, I’ll have to try Sunflower. There’s only 2 vegetarian restaurants within a reasonable distance from me and I eat at them pretty much constantly 🙂

    Becky @ Olives n Wine Apr 22, 2013

    I’ve never heard of better than bouillon! I would love to try it out 🙂

    sheloveshealthyliving Apr 21, 2013

    That look so good! Come open a restaurant in my town and you can sneak veggies into my food!

      Kelly Apr 22, 2013

      Ha! Thanks 🙂

    Sara Floyd Apr 21, 2013

    I’d like to try the no beef one!

    Marcie@flavorthemoments Apr 20, 2013

    These look sinfully delicious! I love that they’re packed with healthy things. That cheese sauce just puts the sub over the top!

    Linda Apr 20, 2013

    The veggie one looks delicious

    Sophie Apr 19, 2013

    i would take the beef base and the chicken base!

    rebacox Apr 19, 2013

    I usually stick with chicken bullion but I’m definately intrigued to try the beef flavor!

    Natalie Apr 19, 2013

    What an awesome meatball idea, a recipe I must try out!

    justaudrey Apr 19, 2013

    I would like to try the no-chicken flavor.

    Julia Apr 19, 2013

    This is so clever! I love meatballs but am always down for a vegetarian/vegan option. Your “meatball” sandwich is kiiiiiling me! Looks awesome!

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Apr 19, 2013

    I am SUPER excited about this giveaway! I LOVE those soup bases :). My two favorites are the reduced sodium vegetable and the no-chicken.

    Donna Marie Apr 19, 2013

    I can’t wait to make these recipes

      Kelly Apr 19, 2013

      Let me know if you try any 🙂

    Danielle Apr 19, 2013

    Sounds like a very interesting product i would like to try!..

    Sharon Apr 19, 2013

    This recipe sounds divine! Nice giveaway!

    Christie - Food Done Light Apr 19, 2013

    I’ve been looking for their vegetarian versions in my local grocery store for a while. I like the chicken base a lot but wanted a totally vegetarian version! So excited for you about your first giveaway! My daughter loves any type of meatball or meatloaf. She would totally love this recipe.

      Kelly Apr 19, 2013

      Other than the vegetable base, I have to go to a local health store to get the no meat bases. I’ve seen them in Whole Foods, though if you have one of those nearby (I don’t :().

    Cee Apr 19, 2013

    Previously, I’ve used their low sodium bases (veg), but I’d be interested in trying the no-beef base for sure! I have a seitan beef and broccoli recipe that I’d really like to try! Thanks!

    Tina Lehman Apr 19, 2013

    I use better than boullion too… their veggie is my fave. 🙂

    Em @ Love A Latte Apr 19, 2013

    What a nice giveaway! You are amazing – vegan chili meatballs yes please!!! I think I could get the whole family to eat these!

      Kelly Apr 19, 2013

      Let me know if you try them out!

    cookingactress Apr 19, 2013

    I LOVE better than bouillon! I use their chicken base all the time!