Vegetarian Chili Recipes

A bowl of red, with just right amount of spice. Filling, flavorful, and crowd pleasing - we are going to call it chili, vegetarian chili, even if no self-respecting Texan would give it that name.

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Spicy Vegan Chili

Rating: 5 stars
Made this by tweaking a family recipe to make it vegan. Great on Cinco de Mayo or football Sunday! Cornbread is a great addition to this dish.

Cincinnati-Style Chili

Rating: 4.46 stars
Spaghetti topped with hot chili - it's got all the food groups!

Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 4.41 stars
This is a simple crowd pleasing recipe that can sit in a slow cooker until it is time to serve.

Unbelievably Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 4.63 stars
You're not going to believe how awesome this chili tastes and how easy it is to make. I make batches and take it to work for lunch for the week. It's really filling and very healthy. You can substitute the chili beans with kidney beans if you wish, but be sure to drain them if you do. It's even better the next day, and if you omit the optional cheese, it's vegan-friendly!

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 4.73 stars
Hearty, meatless chili with plenty of veggies.

Vegan Chili con Carne with Beans

I like chili con carne only with lots of different beans and no meat substitutes. Try it for yourself! It's a family favorite in our house.

Meat-Lovers' Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 4.86 stars
This is a thick, hearty vegetarian chili that is a hit at parties even among die-hard meat eaters. The TVP gives it the texture of ground beef, and the chiles give it a nice depth of flavor. Cook it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop. This recipe really benefits from using the best quality ingredients you can find. Also, I find this tastes best after sitting in the fridge overnight and reheating the next day. Serve with grated cheese on top.

The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

Rating: 4.7 stars
Break out your soup pot and fix up a batch of this delicious, spicy vegetarian chili today! It's ready in no time, and packed with vegetables, beans - and flavor!

Hearty Vegan Slow-Cooker Chili

Rating: 4.53 stars
Makes 10-15 servings. This recipe can be adjusted according to your taste preferences, so you can leave out undesirable ingredients or add others that appeal to you (like mushrooms). I add ingredients just to bulk up the heartiness and color palate of the chili, but feel free to just use a few green peppers or same-colored zucchinis as you desire. By the end, you just want everything to be hearty, moist, and flavored -- mess around with it as you go! I would say to serve it with shredded cheese and corn chips, but then it's no longer 'vegan.' : )

Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 4.51 stars
This chili is SO easy to make. You can pretty much throw whatever you have into the pot and it'll be great. (I added some leftover salsa once.) It's very colorful, not to mention delicious.

Easy Vegan Chili

Rating: 4.36 stars
I like to serve soy yogurt with the chili, especially if it's too spicy. Leftovers taste great with noodles as pasta sauce.

Portobello Mushroom Chili

Rating: 3.94 stars
This is a very hearty and tasty chili.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Roasted Sweet Potato Chili

Rating: Unrated
"I've made this three times now and my three-year-old son and husband absolutely love it! Next time, I’ll be smart and double the recipe. ;)" – kthurman

Best Meatless Chili Recipes

No one will be saying "Where's the beef?" when they take a bite of these flavorful meatless chilis.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 4.69 stars

Vegetarian chili created for cold Chicago-land Fridays in Lent. Good by itself or served on rice or noodles, with crusty bread or cornbread, and topped with sour cream and/or Cheddar cheese.