Do you want to learn how to make a delicious and hearty vegetarian chili that even meat-eaters will love? With simple ingredients, easy steps, and an instructional video to follow, this recipe is a must-try for any chili lover looking for a plant-based vegetarian option that has a depth of flavor and tastes you’ll really love. 

It will use all your favorite vegetable ingredients and you can eat in several ways, for example, plain or over tortilla chips. Or add a plant-based protein to bulk it up even more. It’s perfect as a vegan chili recipe, too. 

So let’s jump straight into the best vegetarian chili recipe you’ll find online!

A steaming bowl of vegetarian chili using beans, carrot, avocado, and other vegetables, made from a Skip to My Lou recipe.
A tasty Vegetarian Chili. What could be better?

Before we start, check out these 10 Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Charcuterie Board Ideas that make use of several lovely ingredients, such as tomatoes, onions, peppers, and a range of other vegetables. Or try these Best Dairy Free Gluten Free Vegan Enchiladas, bursting with flavorful veggies and spices!

WATCH THE VIDEO and Learn How To Make Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili ingredients

These are the ingredients you will need to make this tasty dish.

  • Pinto beans
  • Black beans
  • Red bell pepper
  • Kidney beans
  • Green chiles
  • Onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Water

Garnish ideas:

  • Cilantro 
  • Avocado 

Substitutions or Additions

Depending on your preferences, you can add several other ingredients to our basic vegetarian chili recipe.

For example, a little soy sauce can not only add to the flavor but darken the color too, while the zing of lime juice is something many people love. For that smokey flavor, consider adding chipotle or if you love extra heat, sprinkle some cayenne pepper. To bulk it up even more, you could add some sweet potatoes. If it’s too hot, you can add vegan sour cream to temper the heat a little. You could even top it with a little vegan cheese as an extra garnish. 

A beautiful bowl of vegetarian chili topped with cilantro and avocado garnish.
The perfect vegetarian dish for those who love a little heat!

How to Make Vegetarian Chili

You’ll need a crock pot for this recipe, which you will set to medium heat while cooking. Make sure you check out the video above before you watch the step-by-step guide.

Step 1: To start, add a tin of pinto, black, and kidney beans to your pot. Now add a cut-up red bell pepper, green chiles (use less if you want to cut down on the overall heat of the dish), and a cubed, large onion.

The start of the vegetarian chili process includes pinto, black and kidney beans
Bean there, done that! You need three different bean types for this vegetarian recipe.

Step 2: Add your spices. We use a tablespoon of garlic powder, oregano, cumin, and two tablespoons of chili powder as well as salt and black pepper to taste. As with all recipes, you can adjust the amount of spices you use according to your needs.

Once the beans are in the pot, spices such as chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt and pepper are added.
Spicy! You can add more or less spices and green chili according to your personal taste.

Step 3: Now add the wet ingredients which are a can of diced tomatoes, a bowl of tomato sauce, and a third of a cup of water. Now mix everything thoroughly. While you don’t want it very runny, there should be a generous amount of liquid once thoroughly mixed through.

Following the addition of tomatoes, tomatoe sauce, and water, all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
Don’t forget to stir that goodness all around.

Step 4: Now let all those beautiful ingredients cook away for at least 20 to 30 minutes. You don’t want them to cook away to nothing, but you want to make sure the various beans are cooked till soft. Keeping the pot covered will help your cooking time and ensure a rich sauce for your vegetarian chili.

Once the vegetarian chili has cooked for around 30 minutes, it is ready to serve.
Ready to serve!

Step 5: Garnish your vegetarian chili with avocado and cilantro once served. Yummy!

Top finish the dish, add grnish of your choice. Cilantro and avocado works well.
Garnish with avocado and cilantro for the final finishing touch.

Remember to keep any leftovers in the fridge or an airtight container in the freezer if you intend to use them at a much later date. 

Vegetarian Chili

A hearty vegeterian chili with a kick!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Crock pot


  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 tin black beans
  • 1 tin pinto beans
  • 1 red pepper cubed
  • 1 large onion cubed
  • 10 green chiles sliced
  • 1 ml tomatoes
  • 300 tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)


  • Add all the kidney, pinto, and black beans to the crock pot.
  • Add the chiles, onions, and various spices.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a third of a cup of water, and stir all the ingredients together.water,
  • Once thoroughly mixed, cover and cook for 30 minuntes(or until the beans are soft).minutes


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 804mg | Potassium: 945mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2488IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 6mg
Servings: 4
Cuisine: Mexican

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