Vegan and plant-based chili sin carne ideas for easy and quick dinners. Easy tofu, kidney bean, sweet potato dishes.
Vegan chili sin sarne has all the best bits found in traditional chili dishes, but ditches the red meat in favor of starchy vegetables, beans, and plant-based proteins. Finding a good plant-based dinner isn’t easy, but this list of favorite chili sin carne recipes hits the spot.
Kickstart your slow cooker or stovetop and let’s add some heat in the kitchen. From make-ahead chili bowls to instant pot tofu bowls, these plant-based dishes are the perfect weeknight dinner.
Instant Pot Kidney Bean & Red Lentil
This filling and delicious vegan option uses red lentils and kidney beans. The lentils add an amazing texture and adding chiles gives it just the right kick to warm you up from the inside out. It is also high in protein and super easy to make.
Soy Mince & Red Kidney Bean
Perhaps you are new to the vegan lifestyle and want to try something quick and easy but still absolutely delicious. This recipe requires lots of vegetables, giving you a healthy boost of plant-based protein. It goes amazing with rice and even tastes great reheated for the next day. Who doesn’t love leftovers!
Chunky Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Ancho Chile Powder
Oh yes, nothing like a chunky, warm bowl of filling chili on a cold day. Why shouldn’t there be a delicious vegan option as well?
This amazing recipe loads in veggies like sweet potatoes and red peppers, mixed with the beans and corn creating a fall colored masterpiece. Then once that combines with the spices and garlic, BOOM! A flavor you will never forget.
Tofu, Sweetcorn & Jalapeño
I believe the name of this recipe says it all. It’s thick. It’s meaty. It’s satisfying. It is the ultimate vegan chili.
With this recipe it takes the meaty texture of cooked tofu (or mushrooms if you prefer), the spice of jalapenos, a variety of seasonings and spices, and you have this amazing chili meal that is freezer friendly and delicious for all.
30-Minute Pinto Bean & Bell Pepper
Maybe you are in a hurry, need a quick, comforting meal that doesn’t take to much time. This quick and easy recipe might be for you. Simply take your usual spices, veggies, and bell peppers and this healthy, quick meal can even be stored and fed to your hungry group for a few days after.
Who says perfection takes time?
Cocoa Powder & Molasses
Here we have, yet another, satisfying and delightful vegan recipe. This simple recipe takes all your usual chili ingredients, while adding unsweetened cocoa or molasses to give it a deeper, fuller flavor. It is a bit different but absolutely mouth-watering!
Throw some avocado or tortilla chips on top, and you have it made!
Bean & Onion with Cashew Sour Cream
What is the absolute best thing to top your chili with? Sour cream of course! That cold, creamy deliciousness on top of that warm comforting chili. It just works so well together.
This recipe gives you a thick, filling chili full of vegetables, two kinds of beans, and a lot of flavor. Then it also gives a delicious, homemade, dairy free, cashew sour cream recipe to top it off. So if your vegan or just dairy free, this is the perfect recipe for you!
Poblano Pepper & Chipotle Powder
This recipe is packed with protein and fiber, as well as full flavored. Making it a happy and healthy chili option for all. This recipe takes a bit longer, as it needs to be slow cooked but it is well worth wait and effort.
This recipe also calls for a gluten free beer, liquid smoke, and bit of chipotle peppers to really offset all the amazing flavor in this hearty dish.
Paprika & Maple Syrup Chickpea
This chili recipe is a bit different from the rest. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less mouth-watering. Adding chic-peas and poblano peppers, not to mention A LOT of chili powder. Making it one spicy delight. Then adding buckwheat for a meaty, chewy texture pulling the whole dish together.
Grab a seat and enjoy, it will leave you wanting more!
Butter Bean & Mushroom
Perhaps you would like a new twist to this already wonderful dish. We all know kidney and black beans dominate the chili world. But what about butter beans? This interesting new take on chili uses butter beans and mushrooms for a new taste that is sure to surprise you. It is healthy and vegan friendly, while also changing up the traditional take on this amazing dish.
Why not give it a try, it may surprise you!
Red Pepper, Black Bean, Carrot & Garlic
For all of you insta-pot fanatics like me, this recipe is a great way to go! It uses a great base of veggies like, celery, carrots, and red pepper. It has 2 types of beans and coconut sugar to set off the taste of the seasonings. It is wholesome and fun to make and is leftover friendly. Just in case you want to savor it for another day as well.
Give it a try and see for yourself!
Crumbled Tofu & Onion
This vegan chili recipe is warming and packed with protein, thanks to marinated tofu, two types of beans, and plenty of seasoning. A hint of sweetness from maple syrup and cocoa powder help balance out the recipe.
Start the recipe by making seasoned tofu crumbles. Then sauté the onions, add the other ingredients, and simmer until done.
Layered Bean, Cilantro & Jalapenos
This vegan chili recipe enhances the flavor by simmering the ingredients for a long time until the flavors combine. Homemade chili powder, two types of beans, and a dash of soy sauce, red wine, and cocoa powder bring out the complex flavors.
The first step is to make your chili powder by toasting dried chili peppers and grinding them in a spice grinder. Build the layers of the chili slowly by sautéing the onion, simmering the tomato sauce, and adding the other ingredients for a long, low cook.
Ancho Chili & Cayenne
Vegan chili is a great option for when you want a filling, healthy meal but don’t have time for a fussy recipe. This recipe uses plenty of vegetables, beans, and tomato sauce to build a hearty bowl of chili.
Start by sautéing onions, bell pepper and celery, then add the other vegetables including carrots and garlic. Once you add the beans, broth, seasonings, and tomato sauce, you only need to cook the chili for 15 minutes before you have a good meal on your hands.
Paprika & Oregano
Although the name says vegetarian, this recipe is completely vegan unless you add cheese or sour cream as topping. Build a flavorful chili base with onion, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, two types of beans, and plenty of chili powder and warm spices.
Start this recipe by sautéing the vegetables, then add the beans and liquids and cook until done. Before finishing, blend a small portion of the chili for a richer, meatier texture.
Chili Con Tofu
This delicious, protein-packed recipe uses tofu to replace ground meat in the chili. This chili con tofu uses plenty of fresh chili peppers in addition to chili powder to pack a punch.
While you’re slowly sautéing your vegetables, drain and pat dry the tofu. Then pan-fry the tofu, add to the casserole dish with the other ingredients such as black beans and tomatoes, and simmer until done.
Spicy Tofu & Vegan Ale
You can never have too many variations on a tofu recipe because there are so many different methods of extracting the best flavor out of tofu. This recipe crumbles up tofu so that it absorbs the flavor of the sauce.
Start by sautéing the veggies and the crumbled tofu with spices. Then, add tomatoes, broth, beans, and a splash of beer and let the chili cook low and slow.
Sour Cream & Tofu
For many people, the toppings are the best part of eating chili. You don’t have to give up your favorite toppings, thanks to vegan alternatives such as this sour cream.
Build the chili by simmering crumbled tofu, beans, and tomatoes. The star of the show is the cashew sour cream, which you can make with soaked cashews and lemon juice. Get the full instructions here.
Diced Tomato & Chickpea
Riff on traditional chili with some Mediterranean flavors, thanks to this chickpea-based dish. This tomato and chickpea chili combines chickpeas, tomatoes, chili powder, paprika, plenty of vegetables, and toasted almonds.
You can prepare this recipe on the stovetop, or dump everything in the slow cooker for a hands-off, easy meal.
Fire-Roasted Tomato & Pico de Gallo
This comforting vegan chili recipe uses maple syrup to add a hint of sweetness and balance out the heat of the chili. The other ingredients include pinto and kidney beans, broth, canned diced tomatoes, and plenty of vegetables and spices.
The preparation is standard for a chili: sauté the vegetables, then add the other ingredients and simmer.
Slow Cooker Chickpea
This chili recipe is perfect for a busy day because you just need to dump all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do its thing.
The stars of this chili recipe are the chickpeas, but other ingredients include diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and seasoning. Sauté the vegetables, then dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it roll.
Red Bean & Tortilla Chips
Red beans are the star in this dish for a meaty flavor and texture plus a pop of color. Sautéed vegetables, tomato sauce, and plenty of spices all help build the flavor. Add tortilla chips on top for crunch.
Fire-Roasted Tomatoes & Jalapeño Peppers
Fire-roasted tomatoes instead of regular canned tomatoes and canned chipotle peppers in adobo give this recipe a bit of a kick in terms of flavor. The addition of corn adds a hint of sweetness to the fiery chili which comes together easily. Get the recipe here.