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Easy Vegan Chili Recipe

In this article you will find a delicious and super Easy Vegan Chili Recipe that your kids will love; just a couple of ingredients and a few spices and you’ll be all set for this nutritious and affordable meal!

Originally Published: November 26th, 2021

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Easy Vegan Chili served with a tortilla chip stuck in it.

This is my picky eaters FAVORITE easy dinner!!

If you’ve ever tried to please a picky eater, or any really child for that matter, when it comes to food; you’ll tend to find that the simpler the dish the better things go…

And that is where this chili is better than other vegan chili recipes; it’s simplicity!

Why you’ll love this (not spicy OR) spicy vegan chili…

Well, you already know it’s easy and you can make it in just about 5 to 10 minutes.

It’s also a great way to get your kids eating more beans.

You can adjust the spices to your families preference, so spicy or not spicy.

And you don’t even need spoons, so less dishes!

Who would have thought making dinner could be this easy and delicious?!

These vegan chili recipe is truly the best of both worlds; delicious and can please picky eaters & super easy and affordable. You really can’t ask for anything better!

And if you need another super simple recipe focused on beans, check out these Mexican Pinto Beans!

If you’re looking for a more filling, and slightly more complex, vegan chili recipe try out my sweet potato Quinoa chili.

Simple Vegan Chili Ingredients

The 5 ingredients needed to make an easy Vegan Chili.

*The full recipe is available to print down below on the ‘recipe card’, including ingredient quantities and all steps!

Kidney Beans: Kidney beans are the main ingredient for this recipe and should not be subbed out for another bean. It can, but shouldn’t be. However, white beans, black beans, or pinto beans could take the place of kidney beans if you REALLY want.

Tomato Sauce: Tomato sauce should not be subbed out either, if you must then you can, but with something similar, like marinara, or blend up some crushed tomatoes, or make your own tomato sauce.

Chili Powder: Use as much or as little as you want depending on how spicy you want it.

Cumin: Cumin adds, what I feel, as a mild or calming flavor, so I like to add some of that into this recipe.

Paprika: Use as much or as little as you want depending on how spicy you want it.

How to Make This Super Easy Chili

*Note that these instructions can be printed below



Step one: Add 2 cans kidney beans to a pot on medium heat

Step two: Add 8oz of tomato sauce

Step three: Sprinkle in a few spices and warm everything up

2 image collage of making easy Vegan Chili.

Step four: Open up a bag of scoop tortillas for the kids to use as ‘spoons’

Seriously, that is it!

It’s really that simple!

Vegan Chili done and still in a black saucepan.

Expert Tips

Some things will make this recipe easier to make, such as: 

  • Don’t overthink it
  • Don’t complicate it 
  • Add spices to your families preferences
  • Enjoy as the main for a meal, a side dish, or even as a snack 

How to Serve This Vegan Chili Recipe

Serve warm!

You can use, or serve, this chili in many ways, such as:

  • As the main part of a meal 
  • As a side dish
  • On top of baked potatoes
  • As a snack with tortilla chips
  • In a burrito or wrap
  • And more!

Storing vegan chili for Later

Fridge:  Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Easy vegan chili scooped onto a tortilla chip.

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Easy vegan chili in a white bowl.

Easy Vegan Chili Recipe

Shawna Clapper
Super simple chili recipe that'll take you less than 10 minutes to make before your kids get too hangry! Perfect for crazy busy nights!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 175 kcal


  • 2 cans kidney beans (15.5oz or similar)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce (about a cup)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika


  • Drain, rinse, and add kidney beans to pot over medium heat
  • Add in tomato sauce and spices
  • Stir and heat til warm
  • Serve with tortilla chips!


*Adjust the spices for your own families preferences.
*The scoop version of tortilla chips are not necessary, but it does make it much more fun for the kids!


Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 12gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 276mgPotassium: 687mgFiber: 10gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 446IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chili, kidney beans, spicy, tomato sauce
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