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Our Favorite Vegetarian Chili Recipes

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When it comes to vegetarian chili, there are dozens upon dozens of recipes out there. However, you should consider making your own homemade chili recipe. It may be easier than you think, but you will want to try the best recipes out there.

With that said, below is our top picks for the best vegetarian chili recipes.

1. Triple Bean Chili

three bean chili


You’ll need one chopped onion and a chopped red bell pepper, as well as a tbsp. of olive oil. Other ingredients include 2-3 carrots that are finely chopped, and they can either be left as is or you can peel them beforehand.

You’ll also need 2-3 garlic cloves that have been minced up and one jalapeno pepper that has been finely chopped.

Three different types of beans are required for the Triple Bean Chili. They include a can of kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans.

Your beans should be rinsed and drained. The other ingredients are as followed: vegetable broth, a tablespoon of chili powder, a tablespoon of cumin and/or oregano and one tablespoon of tomato paste.


First, place your olive oil in a large pot and heat it up before adding your carrots, onion and red bell pepper. After about 10 minutes, you’ll want to add your jalapeno and garlic. For about 2-5 minutes, you’ll want to cook everything.

Do this until it is fragrant.

Second, coat the vegetables with your tomato paste. Simply put the paste into the pot and then stir it until the veggies are coated. Next, add your seasonings, tomatoes, broth and beans. If you wish, feel free to add pepper and salt, but this is optional.

Finally, bring the water to a boil. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes. This should be plenty of time to let the chili cool off.

Why We Love This Recipe

Go ahead and give the triple bean chili recipe a try, especially if you’re looking for a fairly quick chili to make. Preparing everything for this recipe should take you no longer than 10-15 minutes, with the total time being around an hour.

The total number of servings you’ll have will be around seven.

The Triple Bean Chili is one of the best chili recipes around. It’s extremely easy to make and it tastes delicious. Trust us when we say you will love it.

2. Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Recipe

instant pot vegetarian chili

An instant pot is a pressure cooker [1]. They are incredibly useful and convenient. With that said, below is how to make a great vegetarian friendly chili sauce using an instant pot.


There are only six key ingredients you need, with the first one being veggies. Just like most chili recipes, you will be opting for a red bell pepper, an onion and garlic. Feel free to use a sweet potato if you want to add a bit of sweetness to your chili

Veg stock is the next ingredient, followed by diced tomatoes and a tin of beans. It doesn’t matter what kind of beans you choose, but in our opinion you should go for either black beans or red kidney beans. The choice is completely up to you.

Lentils is another ingredient you’ll need. A lot of people want a meaty taste and texture to their chili sauce. If you’re a vegetarian, then lentils are the ideal alternative to meat to achieve this effect.

Finally, you need seasonings. It’s up to you want seasonings you want to go with. A few good choices include chili powder, grounded cumin and paprika.


First, take all of your ingredients and place them inside of the instant pot. Although not required or necessary, you can place the garlic, onion and red pepper into the pot first and saute it before adding everything else. The choice is yours, but either way this recipe will come out perfect.

Second, pressure cook your chili on high. Do this for about 12-15 minutes. After the time is up, you’ll want to do a quick release.

Lastly, add the seasoning of your choice. Start off by adding just a tiny amount of seasoning, followed by tasting it. Keep doing this until the chili is seasoned to your liken. After that, you just have to sit back and enjoy this vegetarian chili.

Why We Love This Recipe

Instant pots make life a whole lot easier when it comes to the foods you can make, and this includes chili. With this recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy vegetarian-friendly chili that tastes amazing and you won’t have to keep a constant eye on it while you are making it in the pot.

This specific recipe is one of the easiest ones to do, as well as the tastiest.

Vegetarian Chili That Packs A Punch

chili that packs a punch


In this recipe, you’ll use a few different ingredients than the ingredients used in the previously discussed recipes. For starters, you’ll want to use bulgur wheat because this will really give the chili a thick texture that packs a punch. If you are not a fan of wheat or you only eat gluten-free foods, then use quinoa instead.

Next ingredient is canned chili. Instead of opting for red chili, this time around you’ll go for green chili. This will add a bit of spice to the recipe. Plus, it adds to the overall texture.

The third ingredient is chili powder, and a lot of it. You’ll want to use about 1/3 cup of it, which is a lot and it will give your chili a massive punch. If you’re after a powerful chili that is vegetarian-friendly, then look no further than this; But do make sure to use chili powder.

Additional ingredients include olive oil, an onion, a cup of frozen corn and garlic cloves. Let’s not forget to mentioned dried beans that are cooked. Besides that, you’ll want some kosher salt and diced tomatoes in a can.


All you do is heat up the olive oil (2-3 tablespoons) in a pot and then add the onion to it. After 5-10 minutes, add all of the other ingredients and let everything boil.

Generally speaking, it will take around 30 minutes for it to boil properly and this is because of the bulgur wheat. Make sure you keep a close eye on the bulgur wheat because you want that to be as soft as possible.

Why We Love This Recipe

Out of all the vegetarian chili recipes, this particular one is the spiciest of all. It packs a powerful taste, but it’s not overwhelming.

If you’re looking for a chili that is slightly spicier than mild, but still powerful enough to impress you, then this is it.

Also, it has a rich taste. The texture is thick, and the chances are you’ll think there is meat in it when you first look at it. This is due to how thick it is. Besides that, it doesn’t take long to prepare and make this dish.

Furthermore, this is the ideal chili for certain toppings, which includes sour cream. Plus, sour cream will reduce the spiciness of this chili, as well as give it additional flavor.

Other toppings you’ll want to use with this specific recipe include nacho cheese and/or shredded cheese. We highly recommend opting for Havarti cheese or Gouda cheese.


The above are the best vegetarian recipes you should give a try. All of them are relatively easy to make, and they all taste delicious. Sure, there are many other vegetarian chili recipes out there, but those are the top ones you should consider making soon.


  1. Sienna Livermore, 13 Things You Should Know Before Ever Using An Instant Pot, Delish. Found at