I’m always on the hunt for dishes that are packed with nutrition, can be easily reheated, fit a variety of dietary needs, and most importantly, are incredibly delicious. Especially since several of my friends are either vegetarian or gluten-free. Good news y’all—this vegetarian chili recipe checks off every single box.
Why You’ll Love This Vegetarian Chili Recipe
This sweet potato and black bean chili is on my short list of go-to’s when I need to deliver dinner to a friend who’s sick or just had a baby. It’s packed with hearty black beans, flavorful veggies, and loads of spices (plus, all those toppings) so no one will miss the meat. And did I mention the incredible amount of plant-based protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals contained in this bowl? I always make enough of this to feed the fam for dinner, provide leftovers for lunch the next day, and maybe even freeze a batch for a future meal.
So when I want to send a little love to a friend in need of a hot meal, or I need a quick, healthy (and easy) dinner, this vegetarian chili recipe is always my go-to.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Vegetarian Chili
Sweet potato. Y’all know it’s my favorite root veg, and I’ll add it to every last dish. It’s such a standout in this vegetarian chili recipe.
Red bell pepper. It goes perfectly with the sweet potato, contributing to the chili’s color and is such a classic, Tex-Mex veg.
Garlic. I love its slightly pungent aroma as it caramelized in the pot.
Tomato paste. Adds a nice touch of richness to your chili.
Spices. We’re going with a blend of chili powder, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper to taste. This dish is all about incorporating as much flavor with as few ingredients as possible.
Crushed tomatoes. The essential base.
Black beans. These add a ton of plant-based protein and fiber while bulking up your chili so no one will miss the meat.
Sweeteners. The zest and juice of one orange plus a tablespoon of honey. Trust me, don’t leave these out.
Toppings. Arguably my favorite part of the entire dish! The options are endless here, but I consider avocados, cheese, cilantro, green onions, limes, and tortilla chips a must.