Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili


Hearty, meatless chili with plenty of veggies.

close up view of Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili garnished with sour cream, cheese and fresh cilantro in a white bowl
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
2 quarts


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, cut into small dice

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into small dice

  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into small dice

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • ½ (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can kidney beans

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas

  • Sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro leaves (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a heavy 6-quart pot over medium heat. Cook onion, bell peppers, jalapeno, garlic, and salt, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, tomatoes, and water and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

  2. Drain beans, reserving liquid, and rinse under cold water. Add beans and 3/4 cup reserved liquid to chili and simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Top each serving with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro (if using).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

377 Calories
11g Fat
56g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 377
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 1060mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 17g 61%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 65mg 327%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 8mg 45%
Potassium 874mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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