Dig into this ultimate one-pot vegetarian chili recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. This recipe is prepared with simple and fresh ingredients simmered in a delicious blend of seasonings for a deeply rich end result.
About this Recipe
Preparing a phenomenal meatless vegetable chili is all about making a bomb gluten-free and dairy-free chili base, from there you can add any kind of beans, plant-based meat alternatives, or any roasted vegetables you’d like!
This hearty recipe includes a variety of seasonings such as roasted red peppers, smoked paprika, and nutmeg and will even satisfy your carnivorous friends. The most important part of your chili recipe is sourcing a quality chili powder or preparing some roasted chili paste to use in your base.
Chili powders are typically a blend of dried chilies with cumin, onion, cayenne, and paprika.
Chili’s make a wonderful meal prep addition because you can recycle any leftover vegetables or odd-and-end meal prep from the week. They are the ultimate one-pot meal and can be prepared from a wide variety of ingredients so feel free to add what you like.
Whether you are making this chili as a part of your weekly plant-based meal prep or to feed family and friends we know you’ll love this recipe as you can also prepare it in a slow cooker if desired.
Here are a few of our favorite chili tips and tricks:
- Use a variety of legumes or beans such as kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, lentils, or navy beans.
- If you’re looking for a beanless chili, substitute roasted root vegetables such as butternut squash, sweet potato, parsnips, or celery root.
- Add in a variety of mixed vegetables such as Trifecta broccoli, cauliflower or zucchini.
How to Prepare Your Homemade Vegetarian Chili Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 16 ounces Beyond Meat or 4 Trifecta Beyond Meat patties, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 1/2 yellow onion, small diced
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, small diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, drained from jar
- 1 (15 oz) can roasted diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 4 tablespoons orange juice or apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple
- Large pot
- Knife & cutting board
- Meal prep containers
Step 1: Saute Your Mirepoix
Mirepoix refers to the mixture of onion, carrots, and celery used as a flavor base for many soups, sauces, and stews.
In a sauce pot on medium-high heat, add avocado oil or olive oil, minced garlic, diced onion, celery, and carrot. Stirring occasionally cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the onions begin brown. Stir in the crumbled Trifecta Beyond Meat patties and cook for 3 minutes or add 16 ounces of Beyond Meat and cook for 5 minutes.
Nutrition Tip: cut out added fat swap the avocado oil for vegetable broth, adding small amounts during the cooking process to keep it from sticking.
Step 2: Add Chili Powders, Spices, Roasted Peppers, and Beyond Meat
Once the meat and vegetables have browned, add in the spices and roasted red peppers and cook for 1 minute until aromatic and stir to combine.
Step 3: Add Stock, Diced Tomatoes, and Beans
Continue to cook on medium-high heat and add vegetable stock to release any of the brown bits stuck to the pan, then stir in the diced tomatoes and beans; bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
Season with orange juice or apple cider vinegar, a pinch of salt or pepper is desired then dig in!
Chef Hack: To thicken this chili quickly stir in a cornstarch slurry. 2 tablespoons cornstarch blended with 3 tablespoons of liquid.
Meal Prep Tips
You'll love making this veggie chili in advance as it's flavor often gets better after sitting for a day in the fridge! Portion out your chili into 1.5 cup serving size and reheat in the microwave for two and a half minutes when ready to eat. It helps to give it a good stir half-way through the reheating process to make sure it is heated all the way through.
Here are a few other tips for this meal prep dish:
- Package any easily perishable garnishes and toppings separate from the chili such as fresh herbs, avocado, or sour cream.
- Portion and freeze any unwanted leftovers for future weeks.
Use this dish and other high protein vegan recipes, in your weekly vegan meal prep!
Serve this With:
Chili makes for a great main meal, or can be added into a variety of recipes to add more versatility into your meal prep for the week. Here are some healthy pairings to try:
- Pair with tortilla chips and vegan cheese for a healthy twist on nachos.
- Serve over spinach or extra greens for a taco-ish salad.
- Stuff a baked sweet potato or serve on top of roasted potatoes.
- Add in pasta and cheese for a chili packed mac-n-cheese.
- Top with sauerkraut for a probiotic boost
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