Hearty Vegan Chili

vegan chili in a bowl with chips

5 from 7 reviews

This hearty vegan chili uses walnuts instead of meat for a filling, plant-based chili! It’s packed with tons of umami flavor so you won’t miss the meat!



  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse the walnuts until finely chopped.
  2. Add the garlic, jalapeno, tomatoes, and soy sauce to the food processor and pulse 5-10 times until chunky. It should look like a finely chopped salsa.
  3. In a large pot or dutch oven, add the olive oil and onion.
  4. Cook the onion over medium heat for 6-8 minutes until translucent.
  5. Add the tomato paste and cumin and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato mixture, black beans, and kidney beans and stir to combine.
  7. Cook for 20-25 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  8. If the chili gets too thick, add the water and continue to simmer.

Keywords: Vegan Chili