How to make the best Vegan Chili that is packed full of veggies, flavor and depth- hearty, nourishing and completely plant-based. With a video!
You are looking at my all-time favorite recipe for Vegan Chili. It’s smoky and deep and just a little bit spicy. A whisper of cinnamon, chocolate and optional ground walnuts makes this uniquely flavored, in a way that we love. Top it with avocado, cilantro and fresh veggies to add richness and texture.
Though it’s totally plant-based, this vegan chili has delicious depth and complexity that will even please meat-eaters!
Make a big batch on Sunday, then serve it up with vegan cornbread during the busy workweek, or freeze it in batches. Hearty and deeply satisfying, this vegan meal is full of flavor!
Vegan Chili | 60-Sec Video
What You’ll need:
- onion (any color!)
- red bell pepper (or sub a poblano pepper )
- sweet potato or parsnip (optional)
- garlic cloves
- spices: chili powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, dried oregano, kosher salt, cinnamon (optional)
- diced tomatoes – canned or fresh
- cooked beans – any assortment of black, pinto, kidney or etc. (drain and rinse) 3 cans or 4.5 cups cooked beans.
- soy sauce (or GF Liquid Amino’s) or sub 1-2 veggie bullion paste or cubes
- tomato paste
- dark cocoa powder- or one square of dark chocolate (optional, but good!)
- maple syrup ( or brown sugar) to taste
- Optional: 1/2 cup ground walnuts or pecans, chipotle or a few tablespoons of adobo sauce from the can to taste.
Fun and Tasty Chili Toppings!
The chili toppings are the best part! Pick any or all of the following:
- pickled jalapenos
- chopped tomatoes
- vegan sour cream
- vegan cheddar cheese
- Vegan chili starts with a flavorful Base: onion, garlic, celery, carrot. Cooking the onion until fragrant and deeply golden adds depth here, so take your time.
- Then feel free to add additional veggies like sweet potato, parsnip, zucchini, or winter squash if you like. I find the sweetness of sweet potato and parsnip really elevates here.
- Season the chili well: add spices, soy sauce for depth and add chocolate for both depth and subtle sweetness. Add optional walnuts for extra umami. The spices and seasonings will add a deep earthiness, and you end up with a delicious pot of vegan chili that even meat-eaters will enjoy.
Can Vegan Chili be made in an instant pot?
YES! This vegan chili can be made on the stovetop or in an instant pot. See the recipe notes.
How to store Vegan Chili
The chili will last 4-5 days in the fridge or can be frozen.
Whip up a batch of this super flavorful Vegan Chili this weekend with Vegan Cornbread and let us know what you think!
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