Homemade Vegan Chili (gluten-free)

Warming Bean Chili

If you’re looking for an easy dinner that’s perfect for batch cooking, try this delicious Homemade Vegan Chili. It’s packed with protein and so satisfying!

Overhead image of Homemade Vegan Chili in a large saucepan, surround by chilis, peppers, corn tortilla chips, a bowl of lime wedges and rice.

Happy New Year! For many of us, meal prepping is at the front of our minds right now. Making big batches of food with little effort is ideal at this time of year when it feels like we’ve got so much to deal with already in work and life.

 This Homemade Vegan Chili is by far my favourite meal when it comes to batch cooking. I love how versatile it is (you can throw almost any veggies you have into it – don’t feel you have to stick with the ones I list in the recipe!), as well as how easy – literally throw the ingredients into a pan and simmer!

It’s perfect served with brown rice, avocado and even some tortilla chips or vegan cheese to give it that special something. We make this almost weekly in our house as it’s that tasty, and I hope you love it too!

Homemade Vegan Chili – Tips

The beauty of this chili is that it’s seriously easy to make. You can easily customise it with whatever beans and veggies you have to hand, as it’s incredibly versatile.

My main tip for this recipe is not to cut the vegetables too large. Stick to the 1cm guideline I give in the recipe, as the larger your veggies are, the longer the chili will take to cook!

Also, don’t be tempted to add more water than the instructions say! It’s a mistake I’ve made many times before: I’ll think the chili looks too dry, add more water, and end up with a soupy mixture by the time it’s cooked! The vegetables release a lot of water as they cook and will naturally make your chili soupier.

Close up overhead image of Homemade Vegan Chili in a large saucepan, surround by chilis, peppers, and a bowl of lime wedges.
Warming Bean Chili
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Homemade Vegan Chili (gluten-free)

If you're looking for an easy dinner that's perfect for batch cooking, try this delicious Homemade Vegan Chili. It's packed with protein and so satisfying!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 portions


  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 medium peppers of any colour, cut into roughly 1cm pieces
  • 1 stick celery, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium courgette/zucchini, cut into roughly 1cm cubes
  • 2 410ml tins of beans (use your favourite - I like kidney, black, pinto and great northern (approx. 3 cups)
  • 1 796ml tin crushed tomatoes (approx. just over 3 cups)
  • 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (regular will work if you don't have smoked)
  • ½-1 tbsp Braggs Soy Seasoning or soy sauce/tamari

To Serve (optional)

  • Brown rice
  • Lime wedges
  • Chopped coriander/cilantro
  • Tortilla chips
  • Avocado slices


  • Prepare all ingredients as instructed above. 
  • Add the onion to a large cooking pot, along with approx. 2 tbsp water. Using a medium stovetop heat, steam sauté the onion for 10 minutes with the lid on the pan, stirring regularly to prevent sticking. 
  • After 10 minutes, when the onion is just starting to soften add all other ingredients to the pot, stirring them to combine. 
  • Increasing the heat, bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to low/medium and cover the pot with a lid (continuing to stir regularly). 
  • If the chili looks thick at this stage, don't be tempted to add liquid! As the vegetables cook they will release water and the chili will naturally become more liquid.
  • Simmer the chili for approximately 15-20 minutes, until the zucchini/courgette is tender.
  • Remove from the heat, and serve with brown rice, avocado slices, lime wedges, chopped cilantro and tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Looking for more recipes perfect for vegan meal planning? Try my Red Lentil Dhal, Easy Eggplant and Chickpea Stew, Vibrant Thai Yellow Curry and Vegan Shepherd’s Pie!

If you’re looking for even more vegan meal prep inspiration, Minimalist Baker has a great guide – 12 Make Ahead Plant-Based Meals.

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