Join us for an adventure in flavor!

    Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

    Quick, easy and tasty. That’s how I would sum up this vegetarian black bean chili. Start to finish in 30 minutes. Whip it up on a weeknight and make a big batch, you’ll want leftovers tomorrow!

    vegetarian black bean chili in a bowl garnished with sour cream and cilantro

    Ready for more chili? It’s Jason again, with the third installment of our four week chili series. So far we have had our white bean turkey chili and our smoky chipotle chili. This week we are posting something for our vegeterian followers.

    This one is really stretching the meaning of the term chili. Purists will scoff at this recipe, but as you know, at GypsyPlate we sometimes get a little off the beaten path with our recipes. As per the Chili Appreciation Society International, chilis submitted in official competitions must have no beans. That’s interesting, growing up we always used beans. Oh well, this isn’t for a competition, it’s for you!

    vegetarian black bean chili in a dutch oven

    The origins of this particular dish date back about 15 years ago. My mom went nuts over Panera Breads black bean soup. She found a copycat recipe and made it all the time for a while. Although that fad is long gone, I decided to revive the idea for this series and spruce it up a bit. A few ingredient variations, a bit of chili powder, and now I present you with vegetarian black bean chili.


    three cans of black beans viewed from above
    • Black beans – I am using canned, but you can always prepare dried ahead of time if you like.
    • Diced tomatoes – Fire roasted.
    • Tomato paste – It gives a nice richness of flavor.
    • Bell peppers – A mix of green and red to make it colorful.
    • Onion – Optional.
    • Garlic – We love garlic.
    • Vegetable stock – If you aren’t concerned with making it vegetarian, you can always substitute chicken stock.
    • Chili powder and cumin – Of course.
    • Salt – To taste.

    How to make vegetarian black bean chili

    onions, garlic and peppers in a dutch oven

    This one is nice and simple, it’s a great weeknight option. Heat a little oil in a large pot (I am using a dutch oven). Dice up you peppers, onions and garlic, add them to the pot and sauté about 5 minutes.

    black beans and tomatoes added to cooked onions and peppers

    Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, at least 20 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and spices to your liking.

    all ingredients for black bean chili added to pot and ready to simmer

    That’s it? Yep!

    How to serve vegetarian black bean chili

    close up of vegetarian black bean chili

    As I have mentioned in my other posts in this series, shredded cheese was always my go to chili topping. That’s still a great option here. But my favorite topping for this variation is sour cream. It goes so well with black beans.

    vegetarian black bean chili in a bowl garnished with sour cream and cilantro

    A little freshly diced cilantro is another nice addition. Some of you may consider chopped green onions. For sides, we went with cornbread and a green salad. Unlike our other chilis, I would say that cornbread is optional. A nice crusty regular bread, like our No Knead Bread, goes great as well.


    Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze 3-4 months in an airtight container. If it thickens up too much, just add a little water when reheating.

    Well, I guess there’s not much left to say. Easy recipe, easy post. As simple as it is, it’s mighty tasty. Even Alpana scoffed a little when I mentioned a meatless chili, but she ended up going back for seconds. Next Monday I’ll be wrapping up the series with my Ultimate Chili. See you then!

    Vegetarian Black Bean Chili, in our Gypsy Bowl… enjoy!

    vagetarian black bean chili in the gypsy bowl
    vegetarian black bean chili in a dutch oven

    Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Quick, easy, healthy... this vegetarian black bean chili, based on Panera's black bean soup, whips up in half hour or less.


    • 3 15.5 oz cans black beans
    • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
    • 1 small onion
    • 2 bell peppers (I used one red and one green)
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup vegetable stock
    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 Tbsp cooking oil


    1. Heat oil in pan over medium high heat.
    2. Chop onion, peppers and garlic. Add to heated pan and sauté 5 minutes.
    3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to low boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.


    Serve topped with sour cream or shredded cheese.

    Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 4 months in airtight container.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 298Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 504mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 15gSugar 6gProtein 14g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

    Did you make this recipe?

    Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

    long pin of vegetarian black bean chili
    Picture of Alpana, blogger and recipe developer at GypsyPlate

    Welcome to GypsyPlate! I'm Alpana, former wordwide tour manager and professional caterer, now full time blogger. I love exploring cuisines from around the world, and my recipes have been featured on sites such as MSN, Parade, Brit + Co, CNET and AOL. You can explore my entire collection of sortable recipes in my Recipe Index or learn more about me here.

    Get griddling! Try these Blackstone Recipes!

    Never miss a recipe!

    Join the GypsyPlate mailing list and get easy dinner recipes right in your mailbox. From homestyle comfort food to exotic dishes from around the world.

      5 thoughts on “Vegetarian Black Bean Chili”

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

      Search by Cuisine

      Travel a word of flavors with GypsyPlate. Sort our recpes by regions:

      GypsyPlate logo.
      Skip to Recipe