Sarah's Award-Winning Vegetarian 4-Bean Chili

A robust 4-bean vegetarian chili that is sure to please. The flavors and textures are complex and only get better the next day. Garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, or Fritos®.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • ½ medium green bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped, or more to taste

  • 4 cups water, divided

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (6 ounce) can Italian-style tomato paste

  • 2 cups vegetarian soy meat crumbles

  • 5 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • cup chopped fresh cilantro, or more to taste


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeno; saute until tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add 3 cups water, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and black, kidney, and cannellini beans. Stir to combine.

  3. Combine remaining 1 cup water and tomato paste in a small bowl; whisk together. Stir into the bean mixture.

  4. Add vegetarian crumbles, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, lemon juice, black pepper, cumin, basil, and oregano. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes. Add cilantro and serve immediately, or keep over low heat until ready to serve, adding cilantro just before dishing up.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
5g Fat
60g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 1212mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 17g 60%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 24mg 118%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 758mg 16%

* 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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