Quick and Easy Spicy Vegan Chili

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

This vegan chili will WOW your guests and may even convert non-vegans into vegans. I made this for our holiday party and our guests loved it. What's more, it's incredibly simple to make.

It's my personal go-to when I have little time to cook and need something simple that is sure to be a winner with guests. I bought all of these ingredients at Trader Joe's, but you can get them at any grocery story. It's an easy recipe and simply delicious! 

This last time I made it I topped it with only cilantro and scallions, but you can also melted your favorite vegan cheese or add nutritional yeast on top for a cheesy flavor (and a B12 boost). Eat it with a spoon in your favorite soup bowl, add it to an organic corn tortilla for chili tacos or scoop it on top of brown rice. Let me know what you think! 

Makes approximately 8-10 8-ounce servings


  • 1 16-ounce can (BPA-free) vegan refried beans

  • 1 16-ounce jar of salsa or, if you have a bit of extra time, make homemade! I use spicy. Choose mild, medium or hot depending on what you like!

  • 1 package meatless crumbles (I used Trader Joe's. Beyond Meat, LightLife or Gardein will work too!)

  • 1 medium-large red onion, chopped

  • 1 large red pepper or 2 medium peppers, chopped (I like to use colorful orange and red for extra nutrient-power)

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder

  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • cilantro and green onion, chopped (optional)

How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

  3. Scoop into a baking dish. 

  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the center is hot. 

  5. Top with cilantro, scallions, vegan cheese and/or nutritional yeast. 

Great for a party ... or for yourself! Portion out into containers and you'll have a delicious lunch for every day of the week.

They were a hit on sprouted chips!


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