8 Homemade Vegan Chili Recipes (2024)

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The mark of a good veggie chili is that people don’t even notice that there’s no meat. These 8 Homemade Vegan Chili Recipes are just that good. Chock full of veggies, beans, and spices, these recipes are going to rock your plate…or bowl!

If you’ve been hankering for some deliciously healthy vegan chili, these meatless wonders will make you do a happy dance. Some can even be made in a crockpot or slow cooker.

What is vegan chili made of?

There are so many great vegan chili recipes to choose from and most of them have similar ingredients.

  • Beans- We always use beans in our veggie chili recipes to help bulk them up.
  • Veggies- Often time ingredients include onion, garlic, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and corn.
  • Chiles- For those that like a little spice, chiles are a great option.
  • Tomatoes- Whether it’s fresh tomatoes or canned, nearly all chili recipes include tomatoes.
  • Grain- All of my recipes include bulgur that mimics a ground beef texture. Other gluten-free options are buckwheat groats or brown rice.
  • Chili Powder- A seasoning that is a must in any good chili recipe to add lots of delicious flavor.
  • Spices- Other spices can include season salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and smoked paprika.
  • Salsa- It’s a great way to add even more flavor.

Topping ideas

Vegan chili is delicious as is, but these great toppings add even more texture and flavor.

  • Vegan Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Lime slices
  • Chives
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sliced avocado
  • Guacamole

What pairs well with veggie chili?

  • Cornbread
  • Baked Tortilla Chips
  • Crusty bread like sourdough
  • Garden salad
  • Corn on the cob

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Pro tips & substitutions

  • Feeding crowds- Chili is a great option for feeding large groups of people because it’s easy to make and inexpensive.
  • Cooking options- Make on the stovetop, in your Instant Pot, or Crock Pot.
  • Storing- Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
  • Freezing- Chili freezes well for up to 3-4 months.
  • Substitutions- Beans are a great substitute for ground beef. Bulgur or another grain also help to mimic a beef texture.

Also, be sure to check out our Vegan Chili page for more great recipes!

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Meatless Vegan Chili Recipes

Ever wondered how to make good old-fashioned chili in a heart-smart healthy way? Get those bowls and spoons ready, and we'll show you! Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.

There is nothing better to warm you up on a cold day than a big bowl of hearty chili, and it’s even better when it can be ready and on the table in minutes without any fuss in the kitchen. This Instant Pot Vegan Chili is easy to make and chock full of healthy wholesome ingredients.

8 Homemade Vegan Chili Recipes (6)

Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes Yield 6 servings

Crock Pot Vegan Chili

Sometime back, I experimented with a new recipe for vegetarian chili in my crockpot. Turned out amazing! A follower even won a cookoff with this delicious 3 bean vegan chili!

8 Homemade Vegan Chili Recipes (7)

Total Time 30 minutes Yield 8 servings

One-Pot Mac Chili

Easy homemade vegan mac chili is made with wholesome ingredients like beans, whole grain pasta, and lots of veggies with warm spices. It simple to make and can be on the table in about 30 minutes.

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Total Time 10 minutes Yield 4 servings

Yes-You-Can Black Bean Chili

No meat? No problem! This vegan black bean chili recipe has all the taste of a hearty chili and can be ready to eat in 15-minutes or less. The convenience of a three-ingredient dish without any greasy pans to clean.

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Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes Yield 4 servings

Chili Cheese Fries

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries are plant-strongly amazing! Crispy oil-free fries, topped with layers of tangy spicy chili and creamy vegan cheese sauce. The ultimate heart-healthy comfort food!

8 Homemade Vegan Chili Recipes (10)

Total Time 55 minutes Yield 4 servings

White Bean Chili

This White Bean Chili satisfies craving for chili, but cuts out all of the unhealthy ingredients found in many other chili recipes. Loaded with chunks of sweet potatoes, tender white beans, celery, onions, and spices, this dish is sure to keep you full for hours.

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Total Time 30 minutes Yield 6 servings

Vegan Chili Recipe for Burgers

If you love carrot/veggie dogs and burgers but miss topping them with chili, I think you're about to do a happy-dance! This quick Chili Vegan Recipe is simmered with spices and onions and can be made in minutes. Links to Vegan Chili Cheese Fries and Black Bean Burgers also included.

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Total Time 5 minutes Yield 5 servings

Vegan Bean Dip

This chili bean dip is a flavorful and creamy punch of protein and nutrients! Serve with baked corn chips or veggies for a terrific appetizer or snack. Checkout our cooking demo video above so see how easy this is to prepare.

About Terri Edwards

Hi guys! I am the content creator behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.I am passionate about sharing healthy recipes and tips to empower others to get healthy. I’m so glad you’re here! Read More…

8 Homemade Vegan Chili Recipes (2024)


What is the secret to making good chili? ›

Rumi Spice's top tips for making chili:
  1. Brown the Meat.
  2. Don't Forget Vegetables.
  3. Elevate with Extra Flavor.
  4. Only Add Flavorful Liquids.
  5. Opt for Dried Beans.
  6. Season Early and Often.
  7. Add Some Acidity at the End.
  8. Top It Off.

What is vegan chili made of? ›

This Vegan Chili is a moderately-spiced, tomato-y stew loaded with chunks of celery, onion, green bell pepper, and carrot. Spices like ancho chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic, and cayenne pepper add some body to the chili, while kidney beans and pinto beans give a hearty and creamy texture.

How long does homemade vegan chili last in the fridge? ›

How to store and reheat vegetarian chili. In the refrigerator: this plant-based chili will stay good in your fridge for about 1 week. Once your chili is completely cooled, just place it in an airtight container (or multiple, if you'd like to meal prep it) without the additional toppings and place it in the fridge.

What can I substitute for meat in chili? ›

Let's Talk Vegetarian Chili “Meat”

This vegetarian chili features a hearty mixture of walnuts, mushrooms, and carrots that can beautifully stand in place of your ground beef and absorbs the big flavors of sautéed onion and garlic, diced green chiles, and all those spices.

What not to put in chili? ›

Beans and non-vegetable fillers such as rice and pasta are not allowed." If that sounds a bit uptight, the ICS's Homestyle Chili competition defines chili as: "any kind of meat, or combination of meats, and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients.

What secret ingredient will deepen the flavor of your chili? ›

Stir some puréed pumpkin into your chili just after sautéing your aromatics (onions, garlic, etc...) and before adding any liquid. This will deepen and sweeten its flavor, making it a great balance for all the chile peppers and heat.

How do you thicken vegan chili? ›

How to Thicken Chili
  1. Simmer down. ...
  2. Stir in some finely ground cornmeal or masa harina. ...
  3. Mix in a scoop of cornstarch, all-purpose flour, or oats. ...
  4. Pile on the vegetables. ...
  5. Try more tomato paste. ...
  6. Mash some beans. ...
  7. Crumble up some corn chips.
Oct 28, 2023

How do you add richness to chili? ›

Here are some of the most common (and most effective) flavor boosters to add to your chili recipe.
  1. Booze (Beer, Wine, or Liquor) ...
  2. Liquid Smoke. ...
  3. Brine or Vinegar. ...
  4. Soy Sauce. ...
  5. Fish Sauce. ...
  6. Worcestershire Sauce. ...
  7. Coffee or Espresso Powder. ...
  8. Chocolate.
Aug 23, 2021

What is faux chili? ›

"Chili made with texturized vegetable protein. Easy, spicy, versatile and healthy. You can add beans if desired."

What to add to chili? ›

Here are a few of my favorite ideas.
  1. Cheese. ...
  2. Onions: Sliced green onions or diced red onions go perfectly with chili. ...
  3. Jalapeños: If you like spice, diced fresh or pickled jalapeños are delicious here.
  4. Sour cream. ...
  5. Cilantro or parsley: Just a sprinkle of chopped herbs gives a nice pop of freshness and flavor.
Dec 15, 2023

What to serve with veggie chili? ›

Discover 16 of our best side dishes to serve with chili.
  • 01 of 15. Sweet Jalapeno Cornbread. ...
  • 02 of 15. Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad. ...
  • 03 of 15. Savory Roasted Root Vegetables. ...
  • 04 of 15. Perfect Baked Potato. ...
  • 05 of 15. Ann's Dirty Rice. ...
  • 06 of 15. Cornbread Muffins I. ...
  • 07 of 15. Loaded Tater Tots. ...
  • 08 of 15. Creamy Spiced Coleslaw.
Feb 27, 2020

Does homemade chili taste better the next day? ›

Chili tastes even better the next day after the flavors have had some time to meld together. Be sure to make a big batch that will leave you with plenty of leftovers. (It freezes well too.)

What are the best beans for chili? ›

The best beans for chili are pinto, kidney, and black beans, like in this easy and tasty recipe. This 3-bean chili freezes great for meals later in the week. If you prefer thinner chili, add an extra can of tomato sauce. The green chiles are not hot and add a wonderful flavor, so don't be afraid to use them.

What to add when chili is missing something? ›

Secret Ingredients

for a rich flavor, depth addition try espresso powder (finely ground coffee), cocoa powder, or cinnamon. Liquid Smoke is also a great flavor addition for some deep special flavor! many people will add a shot of bourbon, beer, sherry, or brandy for a smooth edge with a little kick in the bite.

What is the most flavorful meat for chili? ›

The best meat for chili depends on the type you're making, but professionals generally use a combination of ground chuck, brisket, short ribs, or diced tri-tip sirloin mixed with bacon and sausage to layer multiple textures and flavors.

What adds the most flavor to chili? ›

If you want more of a smoky flavor, add cumin, Spanish paprika, ancho chili powder, or a combination. If you are looking for more heat, add cayenne, crushed red pepper, or Hungarian paprika. If it's too spicy add a little brown sugar and some sweet paprika.

What is the most important spice in chili? ›

Most Common Chili Spices. Cumin, Chile Powders, and Paprika are the most common spices in chili followed by garlic, onion, coriander, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves. These ingredients can be combined to create a savory and well-balanced pot of top notch comfort food.

What makes can chili taste better? ›

Although canned chili will already have some seasonings, fresh herbs and spices will add bolder flavor. You can upgrade your chili using ingredients you likely already have on your spice rack, such as chili powder, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.

What is the best liquid for chili? ›

Chili cooks low and slow, so you need enough liquid to tenderize the meat and keep everything from drying out. That liquid should also add flavor to the chili, so use chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or beer.


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