Three Bean Chili (Vegan)

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3 Bean Chili is my favorite vegan chili recipe. It is so warm, filling and above all delicious. This chili is so satisfying you won't miss the meat.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Pot of chili with a wooden spoon showing the chili.

Three Bean Chili is my favorite vegan chili recipe. It is so warm, filling and above all delicious. This chili is so satisfying you won’t miss the meat.

Chili in container with a wooden spoon showing the chili.

Chili, especially, this three bean chili, was and always will be a staple for dinner in my house. It is a hearty go to when you are in a hurry. And, this version is meatless and vegan.

Even though we associate the roots of this dish with Mexico, most accounts believe this dish to be an American staple, find out more here.

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3 Bean Chili does not have to be boring, in fact, this three Bean Chilli is far from ordinary. Perfect for game day, meatless Mondays or anytime you just want a heaping bowl of goodness.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Get it on the table in a flash!
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry
  • Adaptable: Can make it meat free or add your favorite protein
  • Makes Great Leftovers: So many things you can do like…nachos, tacos and more!
top shot of a vegan chili in a pot with a wooden spoon.

What You Need to 3 Bean Chili

Ingredients

  • black beans
  • kidney beans
  • pinto beans
  • vegetable oil
  • onion 
  • jalapeños 
  • garlic 
  • Chili seasoning blend
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • tomato puree
Clear glass dishes with beans, spices and onions.

Equipment

How to Make Vegan Chili – Step by Step

Beans in the pot.
  • Heat Oil: First, place the oil in a large stockpot and set over medium heat.
  • Cook Onions: Second, once oil is hot, add the onion and diced jalapeños; Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Garlic: Next, add garlic and continue cooking for one more minute; Stir occasionally.
  • Beans: Then add all of the beans beans, including the liquid, Chili Seasoning Blend, Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree.
  • Simmer: Finally, bring to simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Shots of the onions seasonings, tomatoes and spices being added to the chili

Common Questions About 3 Bean Chili Recipe

USE DIFFERENT SPICES?

Yes use the spices you like, even add your favorite hot sauce to spice it up.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT BEANS?

Indeed, it is easy to add any beans that you like to this recipe, even dried versions that you can reconstitute.

RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Of course, make a double batch and freeze some or add meat to one version for your next meal and freeze.

MAKE AHEAD OF TIME?

Indeed, this recipe is great for a make ahead meal. It can stay in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH 3 BEAN CHILI

The possibilities are endless, for example:
>Sour Cream or vegan Sour Cream
>Cheese blend or vegan cheese
>Cilantro
>Chopped pepper or onions
>Beyond Beef crumbles

Chili in container with a wooden spoon showing the chili.

Expert Tips for Making Vegan Chili

  • Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Mix up the Beans: I love adding different varieties of beans to this chili
  • Rice: This chili is great over, white or brown rice or alternatively, quinoa for a little protein boost.
  • Tofu: Make it protein friendly with some Tofu, fake bacon or beyond beef crumbles.
  • Alternate Cooking Methods: Can be made in the crock pot or Instant Pot easily.

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3 Bean Chili (Vegan)

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3 Bean Chili is my favorite vegan chili recipe. It is so warm, filling and above all delicious. This chili is so satisfying you won't miss the meat.
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can 15.25 oz black beans
  • 1 can 15.25 oz kidney beans
  • 1 can 15.25 oz pinto beans
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 jalapeños diced
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed and sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili seasoning blend
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can 32 oz tomato puree

Instructions

  • Place the oil in a large stockpot and set over medium heat.
  • Once oil is hot, add the onion and diced jalapeños; Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and continue cooking for one more minute; Stir occasionally.
  • Add all of the beans beans, including the liquid, Chili Seasoning Blend, Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree.
  • Bring to simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

Expert Tips

  • Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Mix up the Beans: I love adding different varieties of beans to this chili
  • Rice: This chili is great over, white or brown rice or alternatively, quinoa for a little protein boost.
  • Tofu: Make it protein friendly with some Tofu, fake bacon or beyond beef crumbles.
  • Alternate Cooking Methods: Can be made in the crock pot or Instant Pot easily.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2805IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

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