Vegetarian chili recipes aren’t exactly hard to come by. Every meatless cookbook has some version of it, but most recipes are kind of a yawn: black beans, tomatoes, some spices. It’s not that they’re bad, it’s just… something we’ve all probably eaten dozens of times.
Luckily, food bloggers have no shortage of ideas for taking vegetarian chili to the next level. Whether it’s adding beer (always good!), swapping the beans for lentils, or adding in plenty of vegetables, these meat-free chili recipes are all delicious ways to switch things up a bit.
Making chili in a slow cooker isn’t just convenient–it also lets the flavors develop. Freeze the leftovers for later!
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lentil Chili from The Girl on Bloor
Change up your chili by giving it a completely different flavor profile! Instead of the usual chili spices, this recipe is inspired by Buffalo chicken and flavored with cayenne hot sauce.
Three Bean Vegan Buffalo Chili with Cashew Ranch from Connoisseurus Veg
Looking for ways to use your Instant Pot to make dinner? Look no further than than this meaty Instant Pot vegetarian chili recipe!
Instant Pot Meatless Easy Vegan Chili from Food Faith Fitness
This vegetarian chili has plenty of vegetables added to it, making it a well-rounded meal in a bowl. Use heirloom beans if you can find them or substitute black or kidney beans instead.
Veggie-Packed Heirloom Bean Chili from Hello Veggie
A 20-minute dinner inspired by white chicken chili, this recipe couldn’t be any easier. We love that!
20-Minute Vegetarian White Bean Chili from Kitchen Treaty
Beer adds depth and flavor to this hearty pumpkin chili, but if you prefer you can use vegetable broth instead.
Vegan Pumpkin Beer Chili from Well and Full
Smoky chipotle peppers make this protein-packed vegan chili recipe something special. Try serving the leftovers over baked sweet potatoes!
Kitchen Sink Black Bean Chipotle Quinoa Chili from The Full Helping5