13 Vegan Chili Recipes for Fall & Winter

The weather is getting cooler, and that means chili season is here! Try these fun vegan chili recipes to mix up your supper game this fall.

Chili is a total fall staple, but it isn’t always the healthiest meal. Chili can be loaded with red meat and piled high with dairy products, but it doesn’t have to be! These warm, cozy vegan chili recipes are easy to make and so much healthier than their animal product-laden counterparts.

Vegan Chili Recipes for Fall & Winter

Hearty lentils take the place of ground beef in this deeply-seasoned Instant Pot Lentil Chili recipe that cooks up quickly and easily in your pressure cooker!

1. Instant Pot Lentil Chili

Hearty lentils take the place of ground beef in this deeply-seasoned Instant Pot Lentil Chili recipe that cooks up quickly and easily in your pressure cooker!

2. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet potatoes and black beans were made for each other, and that lovely combination of sweet and savory really shines in this deeply-seasoned, slightly spicy chili with a citrusy kick!

HeartMath Chili Soup

3. Simple Chili Soup

This brothier chili recipe is easy to make on the stove and is perfect for a fall or winter supper. It’s packed with beans and veggies to keep you feeling full.

Green and White Chili

4. Green and White Chili

This Southwest-style chili from Zsu Dever’s cookbook, Vegan Bowls, only takes about 30 minutes to make. Hominy and green chiles are the stars of this delicious bowl of comfort.

Slow Cooker Lentil Chili from Delightful Adventures

5. Slow-Cooker Lentil-Sweet Potato Chili

You don’t need a pressure cooker to enjoy hearty lentil chili. Bust out your crock pot, and enjoy this flavorful vegan chili.

Jackfruit Chili from V. Nutrition

6. Jackfruit Chili

Is there anything jackfruit can’t do?  This is another great crock pot chili. The best part about this recipe—besides how delicious it is—is that you just dump everything into the crock pot and walk away.

Pumpkin Chili from Veggies Save the Day

7. Vegan Pumpkin Chili

This is a plain ol’ stovetop chili with a fall-inspired twist! Pumpkin adds a really nice flavor to this smoky chili recipe. It takes less than half an hour to make on the stovetop.

3 Bean Chili from Cadry's Kitchen

8. Three Bean Chili

Three bean chili is a vegetarian classic, and this one couldn’t be easier to make! If you like a thicker chili, she suggests using an immersion blender to puree some of the mix—what a great idea!

Black Bean Quinoa Chili from Veggie Inspired

9. Black Bean Quinoa Chili

Quinoa gives vegan chili a surprisingly meaty texture, and this recipe pairs it up with black beans and unsweetened cocoa powder. If you haven’t tried cocoa powder in chili, you are missing out on some great flavors!

Pumpkin Chili from Dianne Wenz

10. Pumpkin White Bean Chili

This is sort of a hybrid between a red chili and a white chili with pumpkin goodness added to the mix. It’s quick and easy enough to make even on a busy weeknight!

Bourbon Chili from My Darling Vegan

11. Instant Pot Maple-Bourbon Sweet Potato Chili

This chili may sound like it has a lot going on, but the flavors meld together so nicely in the Instant Pot. There are only two shots of bourbon and two tablespoons of maple syrup in the whole pot, which serves four, and they give this recipe a lovely, complex flavor!

Chili Soup from A Virtual Vegan

12. 8-Ingredient Chili Soup

This chili soup recipe is a great weeknight meal when the cupboard is feeling a little bit bare. It only has eight ingredients, and you can make it quickly on the stove or go more hands-off in the slow cooker, if you have more time.

Adzuki Bean Chili from Vibrant Wellness Journal

13. Adzuki Bean Chili

Adzuki beans and Kabocha pumpkin bring so much delightful texture and flavor to this unusual chili recipe. This protein-packed recipe has an almost-meaty texture from the lentils.

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The weather is getting cooler, and that means chili season is here! Try these fun vegan chili recipes to mix up your supper game this fall.

All images via recipe authors, used with permission.

173 comments

joan silaco
joan silaco14 days ago

TYFS

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Cheryl B
Cheryl B15 days ago

great recipes....thanks

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Christina C
Christina C1 months ago

Thank you for the recipes!

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Patricia D
Patricia D2 months ago

Replacing the meat with sliced mushrooms is also delicious!

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Richard A
Richard A2 months ago

Thank you for the recipes.

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Patrice Z
Patrice Z2 months ago

I actually might try some of these. Thanks for sharing

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Lesa DiIorio
Lesa D2 months ago

these all sound CRAZY yummy avocado makes everything better!!!
thank you

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Sandra Vito
Sandra Vito2 months ago

Thanks

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JT S
JT S2 months ago

An aspect that so many people miss is that this planet is becoming ever more dangerously overpopulated with humans. Human breeding (not black, not Jewish, not Muslim, not [fill in the blank with ethnic group(s) of choice], but HUMAN breeding desperately needs to be slowed. It is this overpopulation that ultimately causes all of the major fights over resources (e.g. fuel, potable water, etc). When the original texts of the Bible were written, particularly the bit about "be fruitful and multiply", human population on Earth only counted in the millions. It was just over two centuries ago that humans crossed the 1 billion mark. And the population has more than doubled in the last 50 YEARS. Guess what: you've been Very fruitful and multiplied like rabbits. Now knock it off already!

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JT S
JT S2 months ago

Humans need to stop trying to separate themselves from the rest of the natural flora and fauna of this planet! Like bears, humans, are OMNIVOROUS! For crying out loud, if we realize that the other fauna of Earth are also sentient, then the bear knows the salmon is also sentient, yet seems to have no issues eating the salmon when the opportunity arises.

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