15 Hearty Vegan Chili Recipes
Comforting and homey, a pot of chili is the best way to enjoy a cold evening at home. But just because you're vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out on this classic dish. Chili is easy to make plant-based, with a variety of beans, grains, veggies, and spices combining to create that stick-to-your-ribs meal. Try one of our 15 vegan chili recipes and don't forget to serve it with a dollop of guacamole or cashew sour cream for extra richness.
The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World
This recipe title isn't an exaggeration. With three types of beans, plant-based "beef" crumbles, and plenty of veggies, you'll find a bowl of this vegan chili irresistible. "This recipe tempts me to never buy canned chili again," says reviewer Aviva Jorstad. "My whole family enjoyed this one and the leftovers have proved tastier than the first bowl."
Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili
There's no need to overcomplicate things. This vegan chili may be simple to make but shines with bold flavor thanks to plenty of chili powder, cumin, and dried oregano.
Spicy Vegan Chili
For the hot head vegans this spicy chili hits the spot. For a hotter dish keep the seeds from the jalapeños, or deseed the peppers for a milder bite. Diane Gifford says, "Everyone loved it. Even the meat eaters!"
Hearty Vegan Slow-Cooker Chili
All you need is a little patience to create this hearty vegan chili in the slow cooker. Packed with veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, and spinach, it's an all-in-one meal that will help you meet your daily vegetable intake goals.
Veggie Vegetarian Chili
Described by recipe creator LilPhotog as able to "feed an army," this chili makes plenty of servings for a crowd, or freezing for later as a quick meal. The mushrooms add a slightly meaty texture to balance out the trio of beans.
Vegan Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke are the key ingredients to making this umami-rich chili. Be sure to seek out vegan-friendly Worcestershire sauce, which can be found in most health food stores, because the traditional kind contains anchovies.
Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
It doesn't get much easier than this Grandma-approved chili recipe. All you have to do is dump and stir the ingredients, then walk away for a few hours so the slow cooker can do its magic.
Easy Vegan Chili
A few uncommon chili ingredients, including a potato, red lentils, and a dash of sugar, are what round out the flavor in this unique vegan chili. Recipe creator ortmannicole suggests, "Leftovers taste great with noodles as pasta sauce."
Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Black beans, chickpeas, and kidney beans are the stars of this extra hearty chili. "Chili was awesome! Even my meat loving husband loved it," says reviewer Catie N.
Black Bean Chili
Fresh sweet corn and bright ripe tomatoes mean this black bean chili is a must-make in the summer months with peak produce. But if you're making this during an off season, many reviewers had success substituting in canned corn and tomatoes.
Low-Calorie Vegan Chili
Packed with vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions, this diet-conscious chili only comes out to 220 calories per serving.
Smoky Vegan Chili
Quinoa and Black Bean Chili
Quinoa creates a heartier texture in this recipe and adds plenty of plant-based protein. "I made it exactly as stated and it truly turned out perfectly," says nmeacham. "I love the spiciness and the consistency couldn't be better!
Vegan Chunky Chili
Recipe creator Krista B describes this recipe as, "A from-scratch chili that uses many different vegetables as well as beans, lentils and tofu to provide that 'full' feeling that chili with meat offers."
Vegan Chili con Carne with Beans
While "con carne" means "with meat," this hearty vegan chili uses white, black, and kidney beans instead to create the meaty texture. Don't skip the sherry vinegar at the end, it adds a bright note to the dish that makes the entire recipe wow-worthy.