The Best Vegan Chili Recipe

The Best Vegan Chili Recipe
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The Best Vegan Chili Recipe

Keep your weeknights easy with this Vegan Chili Recipe. Featuring sweet potatoes, beans and fresh bell peppers, this healthy vegan chili is the best vegan chili recipe out there!

Easy Vegan Chili Recipe

Why I Think This is the Best Vegan Chili Recipe

I try not to throw the word best around too much, but when it comes to this vegan chili recipe I think it’s the right word. The vegan chili is thick with healthy beans and creamy sweet potatoes. It’s a tad spicy, a little bit sweet and richly savory. And, it comes together quickly and easily in one-pot. What more can you ask of your chili?

Keeping This Vegan Chili Recipe Uncomplicated

Chili recipes come in all varieties. Just in my own collection, I have this vegan chili, a Smoky BBQ Sweet Potato Chili and a white bean chili recipe on the way. There’s pretty much a chili recipe to suit whatever mood you happen to be in on any given day. This chili recipe though, is perfect for those days when it’s mid-afternoon and you’ve only just begun to consider what to make for dinner.

What I love about this vegan chili recipe is that it is so pantry friendly. It includes canned diced tomatoes, pinto beans, black beans and kidney beans — all of which I keep on hand. It’s seasoned with fresh garlic, sautéed onions, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder — more vegan staples. And, it gets its richness from sautéed tomato paste, an ingredient I am never without.

Easy Vegan Chili Recipe

As for fresh vegetables, this vegan chili recipe lends itself well to ingredients that make my weekly grocery list so I always have them at the ready. They include red and green bell peppers and a sweet potato.

Vegan Chili Recipe: A One-Pot Wonder

To make this vegan chili, I start by slow-cooking my onions in a large stockpot. I do this before doing any of my other food prep. That way, I give the onions time to do their thing, which is turn into the wonderfully rich, slightly sweet gems that they can be when slow cooked. From there, it’s just a matter of adding the other ingredients to the pot in a well-timed sequence to add layers of deliciousness in this vegan chili. This, of course, is all laid out for you in the recipe below.

The Best Vegan Chili Recipe

How to Make this Vegan Chili Recipe Kid Friendly

Large pieces of vegetables, particularly tomatoes and onions, are a source of contention in my house. My kids are perfectly happy to eat them. They just don’t want to see them. This vegan chili, to my satisfaction, is wonderfully thick with lots of vegetables. I could eat it in any shape or form, but in order to get family buy-in I have to engage in a little food disguise.

My tool for this? An immersion blender. I love it because it does its job quickly and easily with minimal mess to clean up. When the chili is hot and beans and potatoes are soft, I simply blend it for a minute or two. I takes all that goodness and turns it into a thick, satisfying soup with minimal clues as to its contents. Abracadabra! Dinner is served.

How to Top This Vegan Chili

When it comes to chili, what’s on top is as important as what’s in the bowl. On chili night, I set up a little chili toppings bar. That way everyone can build their bowls to match their own desires. My staple chili toppings include avocado, cilantro and scallion greens. I also like to add chopped grape tomatoes, pickled red onions, jalapeños and crushed tortilla chips. On occasion, I’ll have a batch of my cashew cream Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce to stir in. And, of course, a little hot sauce for those that like some extra spice. My go-to is my own homemade Chile de Árbol hot sauce.

Chile De Arbol Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe

Easy Vegan Recipes for Busy Families

If you’re struggling to find meals that fit into your busy weeknights, I hope that you’ll find this vegan chili recipe to be a good option. And, if you’re looking for additional weeknight inspiration, be sure to check out some of my other easy vegan recipes:

Veggie Loaded Curry Fried Rice Recipe

Veggie-Loaded Curry Fried Rice

Looking to satisfy a craving for takeout without picking up the phone? This curry fried rice is a quick and easy way to put a vegan meal on the table. Packed with fresh vegetables, this plant-based fried rice recipe checks every box. 

BBQ Black Beans Vegan Nachos

BBQ Black Bean Vegan Nachos

Looking for the best vegan nachos recipe? This plant-based nachos recipe is tasty and easy, featuring bbq black beans, roasted sweet potatoes and a cashew cheese sauce spiked with healthy nacho flavors! Better yet, these vegan nachos are of the fully loaded variety, with pickled red onions, charred jalapeños, diced tomatoes, avocado slices, toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh lime!

Thai Red Curry Vegetables & Rice

Thai Red Curry Vegetables & Rice

Here’s a warm red curry recipe to keep you cozy as fall approaches. This vegan red curry bowl is served with brown rice and packed with healthy vegetables like broccolini, shiitake mushrooms and red peppers. The thick sauce is spicy and comforting with hints of ginger, lime and coconut. Eating vegan never tasted so good!

What’s in My Kitchen to Make This Best Vegan Chili Recipe Easier?

Want to know what tools and resources I keep on hand to make my vegan cooking even easier? Here’s a short list of what helped me create this blog post and recipe. For the complete list, visit my Shop where you can find the kitchen gadgets I like as well as a list of books that I recommend.

Reusable Cloth Napkins - Set of eight, Reclaimed textile zero waste napkins, environmentally friendly napkins

Reusable, Upcycled Napkins

Before I get into cooking, I want to share these napkins. I found these on Etsy over a year ago and, not only do I LOVE them, I buy them as gifts for nearly everyone I know.

These napkins are upcycled and reusable, allowing you to not only avoid throwing away paper products but to also reuse fabrics – a small but significant way to cut back on water, dyes and chemicals used in the production process.

These napkins are so darling (they come in lots of different patterns and colors) and they’re machine washable. I just throw them in with whatever load of laundry I’m doing. They don’t wrinkle easily, so a quick fold will have them back on your table doing what they were meant to do… be reused!

Immersion Blender

As I said above, having an immersion blender is like having a magic wand capable of getting your kids to eat vegetables. And, yes, I know. A lot of people didn’t like it when Jessica Seinfeld tricked her kids into eating veggies. If that makes me a bad mother, then so be it.

A Really, Really Good Chef’s Knife

No, that’s not the brand. It’s just the idea! But, I own this set of Global™ knives and They’re some of my most prized possessions in the kitchen. This set is universally well-rated for the at-home chef and will get you a good, solid set of knives without totally breaking the bank.

Garlic Peeler

This garlic peeler is a simple silicon tube. Despite its simple design, it skillfully removes even the toughest of garlic skins. I’m so much happier not peeling garlic cloves with my fingernails. I’m pretty sure I’ll collectively get at least a day of my life back because of this device.

The Best Vegan Chili Recipe

Keep your weeknights easy with this Easy Vegan Chili Recipe. Featuring sweet potatoes, beans and fresh bell peppers, this healthy vegan chili is the best vegan chili recipe out there! #veganchili #veganchilirecipe #bestveganchili #easyveganchili #bestveganchili #chilirecipe

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chili, chili recipe, easy vegan chili, sweet potato chili, vegan chili, vegan chili recipe
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 large sweet potato also known as a garnet yam, washed and diced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz can low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 14 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 oz can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro washed and torn
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes washed and diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 scallion washed and thinly sliced
  • hot sauce optional; for additional heat (try my homemade Chile de Árbol hot sauce)

Instructions

  1. Heat a large stockpot. Add the extra virgin olive oil. When shimmering, add the onion and the salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and slow-cook the onions until they are browned. About 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the minced garlic and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Increase the heat and add the bell peppers, sweet potato, cumin, chili powder and tomato paste. Stir to coat and sauté until the tomato paste becomes dark red in color. About 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth and beans. Bring to a simmer.

  5. Simmer until the sweet potato and beans become soft. About 20 minutes. Briefly blend the chili with an immersion blender to thicken the chili and reduce the size of the vegetables.

  6. Serve with cilantro, grape tomatoes, avocado, scallions and additional hot sauce, if desired.

About Herbivore’s Kitchen

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Herbivore’s Kitchen is a blog run by me, a plant-based home chef and aspiring food photographer. I switched my and my family’s diet to a plant-based diet after learning about the health benefits of going vegan. Making this change has prompted a variety of food and holistic-lifestyle related questions that I explore through this blog. I talk about how to pick and prepare the most nutritious foods, to how to reduce waste at home, to how to live a more sustainable lifestyle while on the road.



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