Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili

This Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili –  a one pot soup with a flavorful tomato base, and is full of satisfying plant-based protein. So delicious and the perfect soup to make for Fall/Winter! 

A white dutch oven with vegetarian bean chili in it.

I love a good pot of soup. And this Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili has been one of my favorites lately – it is an easy one pot meal and is so full of flavor. All you need is a pot or dutch oven and a handful of ingredients. This chili is also a meatless recipe and contains 3 different types of beans, a little bit of corn, all in a flavorful tomato base.

What Beans Are Best For Chili?

Pinto beans work for both red and white chili. Kidney (regular & large) and black bean, red, northern and navy work great as well – don’t be afraid to mix them up. A good, firm bean is essential so that it doesn’t disintegrate during the cooking process.

What Vegetables Can You Put In Chili?

Chili is extremely versatile when it comes to ingredients. Depending on the vegetables you prefer – you can add corn, zucchini, carrots, green or red bell peppers, and tomatoes (diced, crushed, or tomato sauce).

Tips for Making This Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili

  • If you don’t have all the beans listed for this soup you can also do navy, pinto, or kidney beans.
  • Add tortilla chips on top for extra flavor and crunch with your soup.
  • Use fire roasted diced tomatoes versus regular diced tomatoes for extra depth of flavor.
  • Make sure you let this soup simmer for proper amount of time (1 1/2 hours) to thicken and develop in flavor.
  • Use a dutch oven to cook your soup if you have one. Dutch ovens are a versatile cooking vessel and perfect for slow cooking like soups and stews. Here’s my dutch oven of choice.

A white dutch oven with vegetarian bean chili in it.

This soup is amazing year round – it’s comforting and cozy for chili fall/winter nights. Or just to have any other day for a meatless dinner that’s healthy and delicious. This vegetarian bean chili is satisfying and hearty, easy to make, and is absolutely delicious! Top with cilantro, tortilla chips, and you have yourself the perfect bowl of soup.

Other Vegetarian Soups/Stews You May Enjoy:
Moroccan Chickpea Stew
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Italian Kale and White Bean Soup
30 Minute Sweet Potato Chili

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A white dutch oven with vegetarian bean chili.

Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili

5 from 5 votes
Servings 6 people
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cooling Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins

A satisfying and flavorful chili with a tomato base, chili seasoning, and plant-based beans for protein. So delicious and perfect for Fall/Winter! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: bean chili, vegetarian bean chili, vegetarian chili, vegetarian soup
Calories: 350 kcal
Author: A Simple Palate

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 28 oz. can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 14 oz. can of each black beans, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans

Seasonings

  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp (each) chili powder, cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper

Toppings

  • cheese
  • fresh cilantro, minced
  • tortilla chips, crumbled

Instructions

  1. In a deep pot saute diced onion in olive oil with a little salt for 3-5 minutes on medium heat, onions should be browned and soft. Add crushed/diced tomatoes, water, then stir in beans and spices. 

  2. Let chili simmer for 1 hour on low heat, stir occasionally to avoid burning. Add corn for the last 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning and salt to taste if needed.

  3. Serve in a bowl with fresh cilantro, cheese, and tortilla chips if desired. 

Recipe Notes

Tips

  • If you don't have all the beans listed for this soup you can also do navy, pinto, or kidney beans.
  • Add tortilla chips on top for extra flavor and crunch with your soup.
  • Use fire roasted diced tomatoes versus regular diced tomatoes for extra depth of flavor.
  • Make sure you let this soup simmer for proper amount of time (1 1/2 hours) to thicken and develop in flavor.
  • If you have one, use a dutch oven to cook your soup. Dutch ovens are a versatile cooking vessel, and are perfect for slow cooking like soups and stews. This is the brand I use
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Vegetarian Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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