Three Bean Vegan Chili with Cornbread

Rising up, I used to be by no means a fan of chili. My household would make massive batches of it and I’d all the time strategically keep away from it. I actually didn’t just like the flavors and I used to be just about anti-anything bean. Nonetheless, I would contact attempt it if there weren’t beans however I used to be by no means actually certain about it. A fairly far cry from my present weight-reduction plan which has me consuming beans almost on daily basis!

I fell in love with chili later once I tried to recreate a misplaced vegetarian chili recipe for my mom that concerned bulgur and chocolate. Whereas we by no means decided if it was near the one she remembers, it grew to become a favourite/staple of the winter months. Nonetheless, I don’t all the time keep in mind to purchase bulgur and thus, a no-grain chili was created.

This vegan chili is a riff on the flavors of the unique bulgur model I developed. Nonetheless, gone is the bulgur in lieu of beans (and plenty of them). I additionally included a little bit of pecan meal on this vegan chili. It’s actually refined however I believe it provides an additional layer of heat and a bit extra texture.

One observe: my husband would take a look at these photographs and suppose I used to be within the fallacious. I grew up with cornbread whereas he swears by a peanut butter sandwich along with his chili. So far as I can analysis, it’s a really midwestern factor. Nonetheless, we’ll must comply with disagree. My chili all the time comes with cornbread!

Vegan Chili


Bulgur/quinoa: As with the unique recipe, you’ll be able to simply add bulgur or quinoa to assist bolster this chili. I actually love the feel the bulgur provides however with the beans, it doesn’t actually need it.

Toppings: There are infinite prospects right here however a number of of my different favorites included minced purple onion, pickled jalapeños, cheese, yogurt, bitter cream, and sizzling sauce.

Beans: You could possibly simply simply use the beans you may have readily available. Different kinds of white beans would work, together with cannellini or nice northern. Black beans are additionally an amazing addition to this vegan chili. It’s arduous to go fallacious!

Overhead shot of two bowls of vegan chili filled with beans and topped with jalapeños and cornbread.



This hearty vegan chili is the right wealthy and filling stew for chilly winter nights. Serve with a wedge of cornbread (or peanut butter sandwich) for warming dinner.


For the chili

1 medium yellow onion

three cloves garlic

1 jalapeno (seeds eliminated if desired)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons floor cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt (to style)

1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 ounce (vegan) bittersweet chocolate

three to four cups vegetable broth

1/three cup pecan meal

1 ½ cups (or 1 can drained/rinsed) cooked kidney beans

1 ½ cups (or 1 can drained/rinsed) cooked pinto beans

1 ½ cups (or 1 can drained/rinsed) cooked navy beans

For the toppings

Sliced jalapenos, for topping

Toasted pepitas, for topping

Cilantro, for serving

Vegan Cornbread, for serving (see observe)


  • Chop the onion, garlic, and jalapeño into massive chunks. Place in a meals processor and pulse till every thing is minced. Drain any liquid which will have shaped.
  • Warmth a stockpot over medium warmth. Add olive oil and onion combination. Cook dinner till onions are aromatic and clear, 5 to six minutes. Stir in spices and ½ teaspoon salt, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes or till you’ll be able to odor the spices. Add within the tomatoes, chocolate, and three cups of the vegetable broth. Convey to a boil, cut back to a simmer, cowl, and let prepare dinner for five minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, stir within the pecans and beans. Cowl and prepare dinner for one more 10 to 15 minutes. Style and regulate the salt/seasoning. Add extra vegetable broth if a thinner consistency is desired.
  • Divide into 4 bowls and high together with your desired toppings.


Suggestions + Methods: I understand this can be a lot of beans nevertheless it’s extremely price it. If I don’t have any beans within the freezer, I simply go for canned beans.

As for the cornbread, I used this vegan cornbread recipe.

Deplete leftover elements: Vegetable broth, pecans, spices


  • Serving Measurement: 1/four of the recipe
  • Energy: 434
  • Sugar: 11.1
  • Sodium: 1089
  • Fats: 18.6
  • Saturated Fats: three.2
  • Carbohydrates: 55
  • Fiber: 15.1
  • Protein: 18.eight
  • Ldl cholesterol: zero

Key phrases: bean chili, vegan chili, vegetarian chili

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