I can't rate this completely accurately. I do not usually alter the directions on this website, but as I was making it, I forgot I had used a half of the can of vegetarian baked beans I thought I had in the pantry (luckily, I still had a half can my daughter, the vegetarian had eaten over the weekend prior). With only half the baked beans required, I also added about one cup of vegetable buillion. I was cooking it all day on slow in a crockpot and it did not look like enough liquid (as it turned out, I was probably wrong on that assessment). Because I added extra liquid, we added one cup of elbow macaroni (the Barilla plus type) for added volume and thickness. My daughter, the vegetarian loved it. I thought it was good, my wife (the meat and potato eater) did not like it and my son was mixed. Felt it is a good starting point for any vegetarian chili. Not huge on oregano but used it anyway and added more chili powder. Did not use cumin, but should have. Overall, not bad. Did like the chick peas and the texture of the celery. Gave it some chewiness otherwise missing without meat.
PS - As a cook for a strict vegetarian, hope the lady who added the bacon fat told the vegetarian at work she did that. My daughter would freak out if I did that and served it to her.
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I can't rate this completely accurately. I do not usually alter the directions on this...