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The Best Vegan Chili Recipe You Need to Try

Best vegan chili.
Foto: Paula Jerez Torres/Utopia

Looking for healthy, comfort food ideas for your cold days in? Look no further. We’ll show you how to make the best vegan chili of all.

Chili is a warm, comforting, and spicy meal liked by many. You can serve it as a single dish, or even as an entrée on special occasions. It is a great source of fiber and vitamins due to all the vegetables it has, and it is also very rich in proteins from the beans, which makes it a very nutritious meal – especially if you are following a meat-free diet. In this article we’ll show you how to make the best vegan chili in six easy steps. Happy cooking!

Best Vegan Chili: The Recipe

Black and kidney beans will give you an extra boost of plant-based protein.
Black and kidney beans will give you an extra boost of plant-based protein.
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The following vegan chili recipe will take about 40 minutes to prepare, and it will yield three bowls. You can store your vegan chili in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 rib of celery 
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans
  • 1 cup canned black beans
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a pot, sauté the chopped onions, carrots, and celery, as well as the garlic in a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until tender.
  2. Add the red pepper and all the spices and cook at medium heat.
  3. After 5 minutes, add the beans and crushed tomatoes and stir until combined.
  4. Add the vegetable stock and a bay leaf. Reduce the heat a little and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and transfer two cups of chili to a blender (make sure you get some of the liquid as well). Blend until smooth, and then transfer it back to the pot.
  6. Serve it in individual bowls and garnish it with your favorite toppings.

How to Serve Your Vegan Chili

Serve your chili with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Serve your chili with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
(Foto: Paula Jerez Torres/Utopia)

Chili on its own is already a delicious meal, but if you garnish it with some toppings, you will make this dish the best vegan chili of all. Here are some topping ideas for you to pick from:

  • Green onions: slice some green onions and place them on top of the chili bowl. They will give your dish some extra freshness!
  • Cheese: Chili often includes some shredded cheese. You can top your chili with non-dairy shredded cheese or nutritional yeast if you want your dish to be completely vegan. You can also make your own homemade vegan cheese substitute; this way you will get some of the cheesy flavor you may miss otherwise.
  • Vegan Ground Beef: If you are still missing the meat crumbles on your chili, you can make your own vegan ground beef and add it to your chili dish.
  • Tortilla chips: You can add some tortilla chips or even crackers to your chili for some crunchiness.
  • Sour cream: Add a tablespoon of non-dairy sour cream on top of your chili and enjoy!

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