Chili is a hearty and warming meal that’s perfect for the fall and winter. It’s an easy dish to create that the whole family will enjoy and is perfect for those trying to feed large families on a budget. Today I’ve compiled a wide selection of vegan chili recipes that will make you never want meat chili again. There are so many different options available, using a huge selection of vegetables and beans to create this delicious dish. I hope this collection of recipes helps make chili an exciting meal to keep in your menu rotation this winter.
20 Best Vegan Chili Recipes For Your Family
1. Vegan Chili Non Carne
Incorporating vegan mince, two types of beans, and plenty of spice, this recipe is the perfect meat-free alternative dish that is sure to please all of your vegan friends. It has a sweet yet smoky taste, and this recipe from Olive Magazine takes just one hour to prepare six portions. Almost all of these ingredients you’ll have around your house already, so it’s a simple dish to create any night of the week.
2. Easy Vegan Chili
This easy vegan chili by From My Bowl is great for a cold day, and it is packed with protein and fiber. While there are only eleven ingredients needed to make this dish, it will certainly leave you feeling satisfied from the first bite to hours after eating. Most of the ingredients you’ll already have at home in your kitchen, and it’s an ideal recipe to encourage kids and teens to eat more vegetables.
3. One-pot Red Lentil Chili
I absolutely love the ease of one-pot recipes, and this red lentil chili from Minimalist Baker is incredibly easy to make. You’ll have minimal cleaning up to do after cooking, which means more time to relax with the family, which I know I always appreciate! The red lentils in this dish are full of fiber, protein, and magnesium, and you’ll also use both black beans and kidney beans to make this filling dish.
3. The Ultimate Vegan Chili
This is one of the best vegan chili recipes around. To create this dish, the recipe calls for veggies, beans, warm spices, and tofu to recreate the texture of meat. Perfect for a winter potluck dinner, this recipe from Vegan Huggs is also ideal for cooking in bulk and freezing to enjoy again on another day.
4. One-Pot Vegan Chili
The Cupful of Kale gives us another fantastic one-pot chili dish. This meal uses soya mince, mushrooms, and sweet corn in the recipe, giving it some variation on other vegan chili ingredients. For the perfect serving, I’d recommend adding some tortilla chips and a slice of lime on the side.
5. Three Bean Chili
This is the ideal recipe for meal prep at the start of a busy week, as it takes just thirty minutes to cook. Simple Veganista uses three types of beans in this dish and recommends kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans. There is one secret ingredient you might not expect – cocoa! It helps to add further depth to the recipe and makes this vegan meal really stand out from the rest.
6. Quinoa Chili
This recipe adds protein-rich quinoa to the mix, which makes this a satisfying dish that even meat lovers will adore. Two Peas and Their Pod shows you how to create this vegetable-packed chili that includes black beans, tomatoes, vegetables, and red kidney beans.
7. 30-minute Chili
With just ten minutes of prep time and then thirty minutes to cook, this is the perfect meal for one of those busy weekday nights when you don’t have time to spend an hour or two prepping, cooking, and cleaning in the kitchen. Forks over Knives shows you how to create this yummy chili dish, which is best served with cooked brown rice or whole-grain noodles.
8. Vegan Chili with Pinto Beans and Corn
This is a perfectly easy-to-follow recipe from Umami Girl that takes just half an hour to cook yet tastes like it has been simmering on the stove all day long. To keep things nice and simple, you can use canned pinto beans and frozen corn in this recipe.
9. One-Pot Seitan Chili
For an alternative to tofu, try cooking this vegan chili that uses seitan pieces for its base ingredient. One Green Planet shows you how to make this comforting dish that is perfect for cooking on the weekend and using all week long when you’re in a rush!
10. Vegan Chili with Avocado Salad
Personally, I think avocado salad is a flawless accompaniment to chili, and this vegan recipe from Tesco offers a completely balanced meal. The zingy avocado and lime salad uses fresh coconut for an exotic addition to your dinner.
11. Smoky Vegetarian Chili
This smoky chili is a plant-based meal that is packed with mushrooms and beans. Bowl of Delicious adds a few extra secret ingredients to give a smoky, umami flavor and a smooth texture to this dish.
12. One Pan Mexican Quinoa
This Mexican inspired chili dish uses black beans and corn to create a comforting and protein-packed dish. It’s perfect for busy nights and tastes even better served with fresh parsley and avocado on top. Vegan Heaven shows you how to make this recipe that takes just twenty-five minutes to cook.
13. Jackfruit Chili
I absolutely love using jackfruit as a substitute for meat in my vegan recipes, and when it’s slow-cooked in a crockpot, its flavor is brought out even more. Jackfruit has a similar texture to pulled pork, so it’s an excellent base for vegan chili. Check out this recipe from V Nutrition that is ideal for batch cooking on the weekend to last all week long.
14. Spicy Vegan Tofu Chili
Even meat-eaters will love this delicious chili that features spicy tofu and a cashew sour cream. So many regular chili recipes call for sour cream, and I was thrilled to find this vegan alternative made using cashew nuts. Vegan Heaven has a recipe that takes just thirty minutes to cook and is a healthy dish for the whole family to enjoy this winter.
15. Bean Chili with Avocado Salsa
Hungry Healthy Happy shares this delicious meat-free recipe that is low in fat yet high in flavor. It’s a great budget recipe that costs very little to put together but will be a massive hit with your family and friends. The avocado salsa lightens up the dish a little, making it perfect for serving all year round.
16. Jamaican Jerk Chik’n Chili
This recipe uses jackfruit as a substitute for chicken, and the jerk spices that you’ll add to the dish take it to a whole different level. It’s a savory and earthy dish that needs only fifteen minutes of hands-on preparation time. Veganosity shares their simple step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow for even the most unadventurous of cooks.
17. Slow Cooker Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
Butternut squash is a great addition to a fall chili, and the slow cooker allows you to make a big batch of this dish. It’s a super flavorful dish with the perfect amount of spicy heat, thanks to this recipe from Veggie Inspired. You can customize this chili with all of your favorite toppings once cooked, so you can mix things up every time you cook it.
18. Instant Pot Maple Bourbon Sweet Potato Chili
Instant Pot recipes always excite me, and this chili dish is no exception. It combines sweet potato, maple syrup, and bourbon for a unique twist on traditional chili. You could also mix it up and substitute the sweet potato with butternut squash, pumpkin, or yams to use up whatever leftover vegetables you have in the kitchen. My Darling Vegan shows you how to create this vegan chili in the Instant Pot, which is perfectly served with fresh cilantro, lime, avocado, and tortilla strips on top.
19. Easy Vegetarian Mango Chili
Savory Spin has created this tasty recipe that is full of delicious plant-based ingredients. The addition of mango adds a touch of sweetness to this dish that also contains tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and celery stalks. With a great variety of spices, you’ll have a flavorful and hearty dish that will be loved by everyone in the family. The mango really helps disguise some of the other vegetables in the recipe, so you’ll easily be able to trick youngsters into enjoying their veggies!
20. Pumpkin Lentil Chili
This is the perfect dish for fall and winter and has the ideal balance of sweet and savory. It’s great served with tortilla chips but can be garnished with all of your favorite toppings before being served. Lentils are a great substitute for meat, and they ensure this chili is still a very filling dish. Try out this recipe from Veggie Inspired , which adds carrots into the mix for an extra touch of sweetness. By shredding the carrots, you can let them disappear into the chili mix, which is one of the best ways to add more nutrients to your family’s dinner.
I never knew there were so many variations of vegan chili recipes possible until I started researching, and I was simply blown away by the variations on this classic dish. Thanks to such a wide variety of substitutes for meat, vegans can enjoy a delicious, hearty chili this winter. With all of these different ingredients and recipes to choose from, you’ll be returning to this classic meal over and over again this season.