Easy Vegetable Chili is loaded with protein rich beans and tempeh, corn, carrots, tomatoes, quinoa and spices, and makes the BEST and most delicious hearty, vegan chili recipe! Easily customizable with stovetop, slow cooker + Instant Pot options.
Calling all (veggie) chili lovers!
With the cool weather and drizzle season almost here, chili is the perfect remedy for warming up the senses and this easy vegetable chili is sure to hit the spot.
Abundant with vegetables, beans and flavorful spices, it’s a thick and hearty veggie chili that can be cooked in the crockpot or on the stovetop!
A Bit About The Ingredients
This vegetable chili is versatile, and can easily be changed up and adapted to your situation. Feel free to play around with the ingredients, making it your own!
- Tempeh. I had a block of tempeh that needed to be used up so I’ve added it here. If you don’t have tempeh, feel free to sub in another can of beans. If you’ve never had tempeh I highly recommend picking up a package and trying it in chili. It’s a highly nutritious soy product because of the fermenting process it goes through, and is one of the best soy products you can consume. I see it readily available at all my local grocery stores these days (usually right next to the tofu).
- Include more veggies. Feel free to add a diced bell pepper for even more veggies, any color will do.
- Add a chili pepper. Adding a diced jalapeno pepper when cooking would be great too.
- Use a bottle of dark beer for depth and flavor. I recommend using a 12oz. bottle of Modelo Negra, with 1/2 cup of water (use this in place of the 2 cups of broth/water called for). This chili is on the tomatoey side and the beer will help balance it out.
- Meal prep. This easy vegetable chili is great for meal prep and tastes even better the next day!
How To Make Vegetable Chili
Either way you cook it, it’s super easy. And the best part, there are no added oils!
- Slow Cooker: Add the ingredients for your vegetable chili to your slow cooker and give a good stir. Turn the crockpot on ‘high or low’ setting and relax (see recipe card below for full details).
- Stovetop: If using the stovetop, it’s just as easy. Simply add the ingredients to a large pot and give a good stir (shown above), bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for about an hour (shown below), stirring occasionally.
- Instant Pot: To the bowl of the Instant Pot, add all the ingredients and give a good stir. Close and lock the lid, turn the steam valve to SEALED. Manually set the timer, at high pressure, for 11 minutes. Let steam release naturally for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the valve to open and let the remaining steam release.
Once done, the vegetables are tender and the ingredients have had time to mingle together creating a most delicious chili. Now you are ready to serve it up, however you like, with your choice of toppings.
This easy vegan chili is super as is, but is even better with a little something on the side! Here are a few of my favorite options:
- Top with a dollop of Vegan Cashew Sour Cream
- Add a sprinkle of vegan shredded cheese and/or green onions
- Add diced avocado and fresh chopped cilantro
- Serve with homemade Vegan Cornbread or Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
- Try topping it on a baked sweet potato!
How To Store Leftovers
- Refrigerator: Leftover chili can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days in an airtight container.
- Freezer: It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in freezer safe containers (affiliate links), leaving 1/2 inch for expansion. Let thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
- Reheat: Warm on the stovetop over medium heat until warmed through. Alternatively, reheat in the microwave using 30 – 60 intervals, stirring after each, until warmed through.
More Easy Chili Recipes!
- Quinoa Chili Verde
- Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili
- The Ultimate Tempeh Chili
- See all vegan Chili recipes on TSV!
If you try this easy vegetable chili recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.Print
EASY VEGETABLE CHILI (SLOW COOKER OR STOVETOP)
Easy vegetable chili is customizable, easy to make using a slow cooker or stovetop, and it’s also oil-free and delicious as can be!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 - 6 1x
- Category: Entree, Chili
- Method: Stovetop, Slow-Cooker
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 1 red onion, diced
- 2 large carrots (about 1 cup), peeled and diced
- 2 celery sticks (about 1 cup), diced
- 1 can (4oz.) diced green chilis or 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
- 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes, with juices
- 1 can (14 oz.) sweet corn, drained
- 8 oz. package tempeh, crumbled or 1 can (14 oz.) pinto beans
- 1 can (14 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (14 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne pepper
- 2 cups water or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup dried quinoa + 1 cup water, optional
- mineral salt to taste
- sliced jalapeno
- diced avocado
- chopped cilantro
- homemade cashew sour cream
Slow Cooker: Place ingredients, plus 1/2 extra cup of water, into the bottom of a 4 – 6 qt. slow-cooker and give a good stir. Cook on high for 3 – 4 hours, or low for 5 – 7 hours.
Stovetop: Place ingredients in a large dutch oven or pot, give a good stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Instant Pot: To the bowl of the Instant Pot, add all the ingredients and give a good stir. Close and lock the lid, turn the steam valve to SEALED. Manually set the timer, at high pressure, for 11 minutes. Let steam release naturally for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the valve to open to finish.
Serves 4 – 6
Store: Leftovers will keep for up to 5 – 6 days in the refrigerator, covered in a container. To keep longer, freeze your chili using freezer safe containers for up to 2 – 3 months.
If you don’t have tempeh, use 1 can (14 oz.) pinto beans.
Add a jalapeno, seeds removed and diced, when cooking the chili for extra heat and flavor. Add the jalapeno when adding the other vegetables to the pot.
Use a bottle of dark beer for depth and flavor. I recommend using a 12oz. bottle of Modelo Negra, with 1/2 cup of water (use this in place of the 2 cups of broth/water called for). This chili is on the tomatoey side and the beer will help balance it out.
This chili is great served over top a baked sweet potato for variation.
UPDATED: This recipe was updated in Sept. 2019 with 2 changes: Increased the quinoa from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, plus added 1 cup of water. Also, the quinoa is now optional. Quinoa is delicious and will make your chili even thicker, while also adding a little extra nutrition.
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Updated: Easy Vegetable Chili was originally posted in March 2017, and updated with new photos and helpful tips in September 2019. The only changes made was removing 1/4 cup quinoa and reducing the liquids as noted in the recipe card above.