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Vegan Three Bean Chili Recipe For Winter Nights

by | November 11, 2018

Chili is a great winter meal that is hearty and full of flavor. I love to eat it on a cold crisp night to warm me up.  It’s a quick one pot stop for a dinner and perfect for freezing for later meals. This vegan three bean chili has a protein packed blend of black beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans. One bowl and you will definitely be full and satisfied. We love to pair this mild chili with our sweet cilantro cornbread, but in a pinch tortilla chips or oyster crackers will do the trick. This is a great recipe for your kids too because it’s not too spicy. Pour a heaping spoonful over french fries, top with vegan shredded cheese and they will be happy to stop playing and clean up for dinner. The great thing about chili is you can make it an endless dinner possibility by adding different vegetables or spices.

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Vegan Three Bean Chili 


  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. cumin 
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 – 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 1- 4 oz. can green chili
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 – 15 oz. cans tri-bean blend beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions for vegan three bean chili recipe: 

Heat a large pot over medium heat; add water, onion, green pepper, and red pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent. 

  Add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and salt. Stir with vegetables until coated. 

Pour in broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato juice. Deglaze the bottom of the pot and stir until well combined. Bring to a boil and then simmer over low heat.

Add in beans, green chili, salt, and maple syrup. Stir and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Top with your favorite chili toppings.

*Optional add ins: 1 cup corn for a heartier bowl or 1 jalapeño seeded and diced for some added spice. 

Have a vegan three bean chili recipe that you love and want to share? let us know in the comments!

vegan three bean chili
Lindsay Robeson

Lindsay lives a plant-based life in Arizona with her husband and 2 little girls. She believes in the healing power of plants and is loving all the of the benefits. She would love to be given the opportunity to inspire everyone to live the plant life without sacrificing the taste of food. Check her out on Instagram, Website, and Facebook.



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