Best Vegan Chili Recipes

By Alexandra Caspero on October 12, 2022

If you are looking for the best vegan chili recipes, I’ve roundup up 12 of my favorites. From black bean and beer chili to chili made with tempeh, butternut squash or TVP— there is something here for everyone.

We love chili in my home. The moment the calendar turns to October and the air dips below 65 degrees, you can bet that I’ve got a pot of chili on the stove. (With my vegan cornbread on the side, of course!)

Vegetarian Bean Chili

3 Bean Chili

This 3 bean chili recipe is so hearty and delicious, you won’t miss the meat! Ready in less than an hour, this chili beans recipe is healthy, vegan and gluten-free.

tvp chili with cornbread and jalapeno peppers

Vegan TVP Chili

What? You’ve never heard of TVP? Most people haven’t, but it’s a secret weapon in this meaty, vegan chili.

You won’t believe this one doesn’t contain meat. A must try!

Vegan Pumpkin Chili with Black Beans

Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Spicy Pumpkin Chili! This spicy and savory stew is perfect for crisp evenings.

Black beans and vegetables simmered in a rich pumpkin chili sauce. Vegan and Gluten-Free.

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The Best Vegan Chili

A hearty, meaty vegan chili without the meat.

Rich in umami flavor, thanks to mushrooms and bulgur wheat, you won’t miss the meat in this delicious recipe.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili! Vegan and Gluten-Free, perfect for cold nights.

Put it on in the morning and dinner is ready a few hours later!

vegetarian white bean chili

Vegetarian White Bean Chili

Vegetarian White Bean Chili! This White Bean Chili recipe is Gluten-Free and easily vegan using dairy-free cheese.

So much flavor in this one, you won’t miss the meat!

Vegan Indian Dal Chili

This isn’t your traditional chili; it’s chili meets Indian take-out. Urad dal and kidney beans in a fragrant, masala tomato sauce.

If you love cumin, ginger and curry powder, you are going to love this chili.

Tempeh Chili! This is the perfect meatless chili, packed with fiber and protein. Rich, hearty, vegan and gluten-free. |

Tempeh Chili

This is one of my favorite meatless chili recipes, packed with both fiber and protein thanks to tempeh and white beans.

On the spicier side, with roasted Anaheim chili peppers and plenty of chili powder. Vegan and gluten-free.

A healthy take on chili and cornbread! Perfectly spiced vegetarian chili over creamy polenta. Vegan & Glutenfree from

Vegetarian Chili with Creamy Polenta

My take on chili and cornbread! Vegan bean and vegetable chili over creamy polenta.

This is a fun twist on traditional chili and cornbread and highly recommend trying it. As with most of the recipe in this roundup, also gluten-free.

Black Bean & Beer Chili! A hearty vegetarian chili loaded with mushrooms, beans, peppers and simmered in a tangy beer sauce. Vegan and Gluten-free|

Black Bean and Beer Chili

This is one of my husband’s favorite chili recipes. A hearty vegan chili loaded with mushrooms, beans and peppers simmered in a tangy beer sauce.

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Chili

Instant Pot Vegan Chili (Slow Cooker + Stove Top Directions)

Looking for a healthy, quick chili?
Try this Instant Pot vegan and gluten-free lentil chili, with directions for the slow-cooker.

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Chili Beans with Creamy Polenta

Another fun twist on chili and cornbread. This is a hearty skillet vegan chili served with creamy polenta and garlicky greens.

Delicious for both Fall and Winter.

Sheet Pan Vegetable Chili with Beer Biscuits! You will love this all-in-one vegan sheet pan dinner. Roasted vegetable chili topped with whole wheat beer biscuits. |

Sheet Pan Vegetable Chili with Beer Biscuits

An all-in-one vegan sheet pan chili diner! Combine beans, corn and vegetables in a sheet pan, then dollop with whole-wheat beer biscuit batter.

Bake and enjoy this simple sheet pan dinner recipe.

one pot vegan chili mac

One Pot Vegan Chili Mac

One Pot Vegan Chili Mac! This one pot vegan chili mac is kid-friendly, hearty and delicious.

A quick chili recipe tossed with elbow noodles and homemade cheese sauce.

OMG. The BEST chili cheese dip that just happens to be gluten-free and vegan! A must make for football games!

Vegan Chili Cheese Dip

While not a traditional chili recipe, I had to include this one as it’s hands down the best chili cheese dip I’ve ever tasted. And the dozens of 5-star reviews agree.

Spicy, meaty and cheesy, this is a dip to win over even the biggest chili cheese dip fans. Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. 

And there you have it– a roundup of my best vegan chili recipes. And if you really want to make the best chili ever, make sure you are using good chili powder. I’m partial to Penzey’s chili powder– both their Chili 3000 and Hot Chili Powder.

Or, you can make your own! This is an easy way to enhance chili as it improves both the texture and flavor of the dish. Cook’s Illustrated, my favorite cooking magazine, has a few DIY chili powder recipes.

Don’t forget the toppings! While the best chili requires an incredible base, the toppings are really what make a good bowl of chili. For vegan chili, I like dairy-free shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, diced avocado, sliced scallions, and crushed tortilla chips best– but any topping you like works!

Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Anna
      October 18, 2022 AT 5:32 am

      I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes & I am a vegan! I was a vegetarian for 25 years & have been a vegan for 4 years. Any tips on being a diabetic/vegan?
      Anna Levi