Winter is coming, and if there’s any dish that means cozy comfort food, it’s chili! We love the versatility of vegetarian chili, because you can make any chili lover happy, from omnivore to vegan, by switching up a few ingredients to suit: beans, lentils, winter squash, chile peppers, grains, and, of course, those awesome chili spices.
We’ve collected the best vegetarian chili recipes on the web for your cool-weather cooking enjoyment. Whether snow and ice is your jam, or you’re a winter hibernator wannabe (raises hand), these tasty chili recipes will up your vegetarian chili cooking comfort food game!
Tempeh Chili // This hearty chili from Delish Knowledge has us positively drooling! With box-grated tempeh (clever!) providing spot-on texture, and a roasted chile pepper cilantro puree as a flavor base, this vegetarian chili will run on repeat in our kitchens all winter long!
Spicy Vegan Tofu Chili with Sour Cream // Seasoned with our favorite Mexican spices, Vegan Heaven’s chili sin carne is a hunger-crushing dish, with crumbled tofu stepping in nicely for ground beef. And don’t forget the vegan sour cream — it’s absolutely delish!
Butternut Squash Chili // The chill in the air means it’s time to gather up our favorite fall veggies — hello, butternut squash! — and make a big pot of autumn comfort food. Savory Tooth’s one-pot chili has the fall flavors your family craves! Makes great leftovers for lunches, too.
Smoky Vegetarian Chili with Pinto Beans and Corn // The only thing better than a slow-simmered pot of chili on a wintry day is a dinner that comes to together in a flash for weeknight comfort food. This protein-packed, 30-minute vegetarian chili from Umami Girl ticks all the boxes: fast, healthy, and fabulous!
Vegan Cincinnati Chili // Fans of Cincinnati-style chili, rejoice! Cook up that uniquely craveable dish at home, using lentils and the special blend of spices that give Cincinnati chili its famous character. Splurge, and make it a 3-way: serve the chili over spaghetti and top with onions and cheese!
Smoky Black Bean Chili with Wheat Berries // A flavor-charged vegetarian chili with black beans, meaty mushrooms, and wonderfully chewy wheat berries. Happy Kitchen Rocks cranks up the spice volume with chipotle chili powder and then adds our favorite chili toppings, including avocado and green onions.
Quick & Easy Pumpkin Chili // If you haven’t discovered pumpkin chili yet, we recommend you run right out to the nearest farmers’ market and get yourself a roly poly pie pumpkin, posthaste. (Note that in savory dishes, pumpkin closely resembles butternut squash in flavor — we’re not talking dessert chili here!) Krumpli’s version takes this versatile winter squash and seasons it up with classic chili spices, for a rich and satisfying vegetarian chili.
Five Can Chili // Outdoor lovin’ camping fans, dining al fresco has never tasted so awesome! Fresh Off the Grid shows us how to glamp up vegetarian chili for campfire cooking with spices and – my personal favorite chili ingredient – beer.
Vegetarian Lentil Chili // Plump black beluga lentils make the perfect base for SoupAddict’s curried BBQ version of vegetarian chili. Rich tomatoes, smoked paprika, and piquant curry create a dish even omnivores will love.
Bourbon Lentil Chili // Made by Luci brings us a chili that’s made just for cozy evenings by the fire: spiked chili. Bourbon-spiked, no less. Count us in!
3 Chile Quinoa Chili // A chile lover’s chili dream, Rhubarbarians uses hatch, poblano, and jalapeno peppers, along with quinoa and beans, to create a flavor-packed chili that nourishes you from head to tummy to toes.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili // The Instant Pot might be the darling of kitchen appliances right now, but nothing is more perfect on a fall day than a well-seasoned and fragrant black bean chili simmering away in the slow cooker. Shiny Happy Bright’s dump-set-and-forget vegetarian chili is perfect for those busy days when you really want something homecooked, but your schedule isn’t quite cooperating.
Veggie-Loaded Chili // September brings that awesome transition time when we still have abundant summer veggies, but a new chill in the air means jeans weather is near. It’s the perfect time to make the very first pot of chili of the season, loaded with our favorite peppers, summer squash, and sweet corn!
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili with Quinoa // Starchy, satisfying, and all-around amazing sweet potatoes create a delectable, filling chili. The Dinner-Mom rounds out her recipe with beans, quinoa, and spices, gets it to the table in 30 minutes. Win-win!
Vegan 3 Bean Chili // Bean lovers, this chili was made just for you! Crave the Good cooks dried beans to perfection with aromatics and chili spices to a create a deeply flavored vegetarian chili that the whole family will love.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Tomatillos // We love how unique ingredients, such as kelp (!) and tomatillos can mix perfectly with traditional chili staples to create a delicious and super healthy meal.
Butternut Squash Chilli Vegetarian Nachos // Finally, we just couldn’t help ourselves. Who said vegetarian chili has to be served in bowls?? The Cook Report takes her mouthwatering butternut squash chili and serves it over nachos with salsa. Holla! Feed a crowd on game day, or your hungry kids at the end of a busy day of family activities. Chili nachos FTW!
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