Saturday, October 17, 2020

Make it: Vegan chili

vegan chiliI love yummy recipes that I can throw together very quickly on busy work nights. This one certainly meets that criteria! This simple vegan chili is easy to make, and comes together in only a few minutes, but is bursting with flavor, making it one of my favorites, especially during the colder months of the year.

Feel free to switch out different beans (I sometimes like to only use black beans or to use Jacob’s cattle beans), or to use fire roasted diced tomatoes.

This recipe is especially good paired with buttermilk biscuits or corn bread. Enjoy!

Vegan Chili


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce finely chopped (with seeds)
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes 
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large pot, add all ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook on low for 10-15 minutes, until flavors are blended, stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy!

Number of servings per recipe: 6.

Recipe adapted from Shane and Simple

Nutrition Information: servings per recipe: 6 | Calories: 276 , total fat: 1.9 g, saturated fat: 0 g, trans fat: 0 g; cholesterol: 0 mg, sodium: 354.5 mg, carbohydrates: 51.5 g, fiber: 19.1 g, sugar: 6 g, protein: 16.7 g


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MB, an ADK 46-R, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Online MPH Program at George Mason University. In her free time, she can usually be found scampering up and over mountains whilst munching on eggplant bacon, writing odd things, or doing zoomies with Sig and Bella, the shollie and entledoodle dynamic duo who own me. She can also be found at:


5 Responses

  1. Smitty says:

    Best chili I ever made was using moose burger! I won “best of show” at the VFW chili cookoff with it! Not to be critical MB, but I dont think a vegan chili would even get a vote in the cookoff. Chili needs meat!

    • John Stevens says:

      I am fine with vegetarian chili’ it does not have to be vegan. One can always add
      vegie burger chopped “meat” as well. I eat meat but also endorse meatless meals and think veggie chili is certainly a “winning” alternative.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Nice! Chili is a recipe that is super adaptable to going vegan – imo all the key elements are there. Haven’t eaten a non-vegetarian chili in years, and am not craving a meat version like I would for a chicken sandwich

  3. Debra Eisemann says:

    This sounds absolutely wonderful. Minus the cumin because I can not use it. Saving it to try right away.

  4. Hayden Frechette says:

    Thank you for sharing vegan options! keep them coming!

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