This isn’t a vegetarian chili, it’s just a chili with eggplant in it. It’s called for ground beef, but I used ground turkey instead. I have to say, this was really good! And not good for a chili with eggplant in it, but just a really good chili recipe. The eggplant adds a good subtle flavor and a nice texture. And definitely a different way to use up some of our garden eggplants.