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Quick One-pot Vegan Chili Recipe, Stovetop


Yup, an easy vegan chili recipe that does not require a kitchen gadget to make. Good old stovetop chili made in just one pot for a 30 minute recipe! No mock meats or complicated spices needed for this delicious vegetarian bean chili! An easy family dinner recipe or hearty Superbowl party food!

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bowl of vegan bean chili with cilantro and green onions on a wooden table, text overlay for Pinterest

A healthy (and cheap) vegan chili recipe

Near any kind of holiday, social media gets flooded with rich, delicious party food. Nachos, meatballs, loaded fires, it is all drool-worthy. But let’s just pump the breaks for a sec and take a deep breath. But, party food can still be delicious and comforting without all the oil and processed ingredients!

I promise you can serve up the best vegan chili to satisfy everyone, both inside and out! I LOVE making chili at parties because it is soo nourishing and filling. It is pretty cheap to make, has virtually no prep and cooks up pretty quickly. This is not an 8-hour slow cooker type of recipe! I am way to busy with my kids to think 8 hours ahead of anything!

Top down view of a bowl of vegan bean chili with a cream drizzle on top and fresh cilantro and green onions.

One-pot vegan stovetop chili recipe

I use to make this recipe all the time back when I was working full time. Let me tell you trying to eat healthy and clean when both parents work full time and you have exhausted kids to pick up at 5:30 is NO joke! So I know the struggle!

Because this recipe has virtually no-prep and minimal ingredients, it has saved me so many times! And as a 1-pot meal, the absence of dishes is a nice perk! I also did not own an instant pot back then so this recipe relies on the good old stovetop!

So this vegan chili became a staple for us. The recipe has evolved a bit to be even simpler over the years. I use to add corn and peas but I find having just a bean chili actually to be more flavorful! You can serve sliced cucumbers or a salad on the side for family meals instead.

Birds eye view of a wooden cutting broad with canned beans, fresh tomatoes and onions and spices
Top down view of a big pot of cooked bean chili with fresh cilantro and a small bowl beside it

Making 1-pot vegan chili with canned beans but…

If you happen to have the time (or do not want to use canned beans) you can make this recipe with fresh dry beans. The recipe works the same way but you will have to cook the kidney and black beans separately (the red lentils are find). Trying to cook those beans in with tomatoes is a big No-No. The acids in the tomatoes prevent the beans from becoming soft, so the beans seem to never finish cooking.

Top down view of 2 bowls full of cooked vegan chili recipe surrounded by fresh cilantro

Some FAQ on making this one pot chili recipe

Is vegan chili gluten free

Gluten can be found in many surprising places. Some chili pepper spice products can actually contain gluten in them so it is important to check the label. So stick to brands certified gluten free or that you trust. This is especially important if you have celiac disease. So be sure to double check the label!

Is it hard to make vegan chili from scratch

Actually it is surprisingly easy, especially if you use canned beans. Vegan chili is made from black beans, kidney beans and red lentils. paired with some tomatoes and tomato paste for an easy vegan family meal.

Are canned beans gluten free and vegan

Yes, canned kidney and black beans are naturally gluten free. However, be careful if you purchase nay canned beans that had additives or spices added in. Check the label to make sure no wheat flour or gluten products are added in.

Can vegan chili be made on the stove

Absolutely. It is very easy to make vegan chili on the stovetop. Over medium high heat vegan chili can be ready in 30 minutes.

Can vegan chili be made in the instant pot

Yes! To make vegan chili in an instant pot use all of the same ingredients as a stove top recipe. It takes 15-20 minutes on bean setting to cook. Alternatively, you can start by sauteing the onions, garlic, oil and spices first, then add in the tomato sauce and canned beans, close the lid and cook on bean for 15 minutes.

Anyhoo, thanks for reading. And I hope you enjoy this super easy vegan chilli recipe. If you make this recipe be sure to tag me ( with your re-creations so I can share it over on Instagram! For more easy vegan family recipes check out these:

Until next time, tchau

Quick One-pot Vegan Chili Recipe, Stovetop

One-pot bean chilli. A versatile vegan recipe perfect for busy weeknights or when hosting a party. Easy to prep with minimal ingredients yet hearty enough to please a hungry crowd. Nourishing and comforting this is a simple, healthy vegan meal!Easy to batch make for easy meal prep.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine Gluten-free, vegetarian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 147 kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 roma tomatoes or 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 can kidney beans washed and drained
  • 1 can black beans washed and drained
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin ground
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Over medium high heat add the oil to a large pot. Saute the onions until they are soft and translucent. Then add in the garlic and all the spices. Cook for another few minutes (until fragrant).
  • Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, red lentils and water, cover and bring to a boil. reduce the heat and simmer until the red lentils are soft, roughly 10-15 minutes.
  • Add in the kidney beans, black beans, and crushed tomato and cover. Cook for another 10 minutes or until the beans are warmed through.
Keyword 1 pot chili, bean chili, gluten free vegan recipe, vegan chili
Birds eye view of a bowl and a pot of vegan gluten free chili made on the stovetop with text overlay for pinterest


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  7. Holly

    Can you please update with can sizes, thanks!

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