Everyone needs a good go-to chili recipe for these chilly months of winter. Needless to say, for me and the Picky Husband chili is a staple because it’s super easy to make, filling and freezer friendly! We’ve been enjoying this Vegan Three Bean Chili recipe over the last little bit, topped with avocado, vegan parmesan, kale and cornbread- it’s a decked-out chili that you need to try!
what is in this vegan three bean chili?
- kidney beans
- black beans
- cumin, chili powder, and paprika
- crushed tomatoes, garlic, onion and celery
- and a few other delicious ingredients
With delicious ingredients like the ones mentioned above, no one will be missing the meat that is typically in chili. This is my favourite dish to whip up and pop in the freezer. For weeks that I know will be super busy and I’m not going to have much time in the evenings to spend in the kitchen, this is one of my go-to’s. And a little side note, if you are looking to stray away from plastic Ziplocs for freezer-friendly meals, these stasher bags (not sponsored) are amazing and won’t let you down.
This three bean vegan chili is also great with crispy kale topped on top. It’s my new obsession and a nice way to use up the kale in your fridge You need to finely chop about 1 cup of kale and massage it with a little bit of olive or avocado oil. Just a little bit of oil. Massage the kale until it starts to look more green. Then the cooking of the kale is simple.
Heat up a pan over medium heat. Once warmed, add a dash of oil to the pan and then the kale. Add a sprinkle of sea salt and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (if you like a little heat). Toss the kale quite often and then after ten minutes or so the kale should look cripsy and browned on the edges. These are almost like poor man’s kale chips. They add a lovely crunch to this vegan chili, you won’t want to miss out.
here are a few reasons why I love this one pot vegan meal, so listen up!
- It takes less than one hour to make. That’s right, only forty-five minutes until this delicious, cozy, protein-packed dish is ready for you. It serves 6 people, so it is a great option for large family dinners that you don’t want to make too big of a fuss about.
- This gluten free chili is made all in one pot! No need to dirty many other dishes while you prepare this recipe. This is a no-fuss and low mess kind of meal, which is pretty ideal if you ask me.
- In the past, I’ve made a big pot of this chili for my dad and froze it. It is a straight forward meal to make and is full of nutritious ingredients. This chili is hearty, filling and very versatile. It acts as a great base recipe for those people who like chili nachos, or chili cheese fries. This vegan three bean chili is versatile with what you’d like to pair it with.
If you like meals that only dirty one pot in the making, keep your belly warm and full and is freezer friendly, I’d say you hit the jackpot on this one pot vegan meal. Say no to the chill in the air and yes to
three bean chili
- 2 tsp oil (to saute veg)
- 1 red onion (chopped finely)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup celery (chopped finely)
- 1 red pepper (chopped finely)
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 tsp paprika
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 16 oz can of kidney beans
- 16 oz can of black beans
- 16 oz can of chickpeas
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 can full fat coconut milk
- Finely chop the onion, garlic, celery and red pepper. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons of oil to the pot.Add the onion and garlic to the pot. Stir occasionally. Once browned, add the celery, red pepper and the red wine. After a few minutes, add the spices (chilli powder, paprika, red chilli flakes and cumin).
- Next, stir in the tomato paste, followed by the crushed tomatoes and the broth.
- Bring to a light boil, then add your rinsed beans. Stir to fully combine the beans with the tomato mixture.
- Turn down to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes (until the beans are soft). Remember to stir occasionally here, so the bottom doesn't burn.Add in the maple syrup and an option is to add in coconut milk to thicken and make the chili creamier.
- Top with avocado, kale and vegan parm
This looks so so delicious and I can’t wait to dive in and get messy in the kitchen !!
thanks for the love 🙂
I made this delicious chili to survive the deep freeze Calgary is in this week! Thanks for the recipie Robin. Beautifully photographed too.
Hi Hanna! I’m so glad you were able to warm up with this chili! Thanks for the love and stay warm 🙂