Just because Texans are known for loving their beef does not mean that you cannot find a bowl of the state’s official dish without meat. There are several places around town where you can warm up with a bowl of red, without eating meat. If you want vegetarian chili for a crowd, there are also catering services that sell this thick, rich stew that’s perfect for a winter celebration or just to warm up at the end of a long day.
A Moveable Feast
9341 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77024
(713) 365-0368

A Moveable Feast is a staple for many vegetarians and those who want to eat healthfully. This restaurant also houses a grocery store where you can get dietary supplements. Everything at the restaurant is made with the freshest, healthiest ingredients. This dining spot calls its vegetarian chili “award-winning,” and you can get just a bowl or upgrade to a chili pie. Chili pie is a staple of many Houston homes, but the version sold at A Moveable Feast uses blue corn tortilla chips instead of Fritos, and you can make it vegan by opting for soy cheese instead of monterey jack.

Garden Kitchen
10480 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77025
(832) 350-7534

Garden Kitchen makes eating healthfully easy. Everything on the menu is made according to Dr. Baxter Montgomery’s nutritional guidelines. Dr. Montgomery uses his experience as a cardiologist to guide his patients to a plant-based diet, which also coincides with the menu served at Garden Kitchen. This is the only spot in town to find raw chili. It’s made with tomatoes and spices for a familiar flavor that will adhere to even a strict raw-food diet. You may also opt to have Garden Kitchen cater its raw chili at your event.

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Doshi House Café
3419 Dowling St.
Houston, Texas 77004
(713) 528-0060

The Doshi House is an interesting mixture of coffee house and vegetarian café. Here, you can enjoy a cup of cappuccino or indulge your appetite for a vegetarian chili. Each day, there’s a different vegan treat. Wednesdays after 5 pm, you can order the vegan three-bean chili. This restaurant has been named Houston Press’s “Best Vegetarian Friendly Restaurant” for the last three years in a row. Not only does the food fit into a vegan diet, but it’s also affordable. The founder of the café stepped away from his six-figure salary to create a place where people could gather for camaraderie and affordable vegetarian food. The chili only costs $6.95, and it is served until it runs out, so get to the café early if you want a bite of chili on Wednesday evenings.

Sparrow Bar And Cookshop
3701 Travis St.
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 524-6922

Because Houston is so heavily influenced by its meat-loving past, it can be hard to find vegetarian chili on the regular menu, but you can still get it catered for an event or celebration. Sparrow Bar and Cookshop offers a vegan chili made with heirloom variety beans on its holiday menu. This chili can be ordered in single servings up to a three-quart size for twelve people. Sparrow Bar and Cookshop is a rare experience. This restaurant uses only the freshest food available, and consequently, the menu changes on a daily basis, depending on what the chef finds best at the market. Call ahead to see if vegetarian chili will be served on the regular menu before visiting the restaurant, or ring the restaurant to order the chili from the holiday/catering menu.

Harvest Organic Grille
1810 Fountain View Drive
Houston, Texas 77057
(713) 243-0900

Harvest Organic Grille specializes in preparing the most healthful foods possible by eschewing frying and microwaving food. Many items on the menu are raw and vegetarian. While vegetarian chili is not on the restaurant menu, you can order it from the catering menu. An order will serve six to eight hungry vegetarians. While at the restaurant picking up your order, you can also try some of the other tasty vegetarian soups and stews available: artichoke or red lentil.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.