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Savory Vegan White Bean Chili

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I make Savory Vegan White Bean Chili with cannellini or northern white beans, but you really could use any bean type you prefer. It can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. Either way, it’s a delicious hearty meal!

vegan white bean chili recipe

This chili is amazing because it’s…

  • Filling
  • Chock full of healthy ingredients
  • Loaded with protein and fiber
  • Smokey
  • Super healthy

How to make white bean chili

Heat 2 Tbsp vegetable broth in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring for 5 minutes.

diced onions on cutting board

Add celery and sweet potato and cook an additional 5 minutes.

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Sweet potatoes add a power-punch of flavor and nutrition to this chili.

Add beans, bulgur, veggie broth, and all spices. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes.

If you would prefer to make this recipe in a slow cooker, simply add all the ingredients to a crock pot. Turn heat to low, and cook for 3-4 hours. 

Remove from heat and serve with fresh cilantro.

This vegan white bean chili recipe satisfies cravings for chili but cuts out all of the unhealthy ingredients found in many other chili recipes. Loaded with chunks of sweet potatoes, tender white beans, celery, onions, and spices, this dish will keep you full for hours.

Bulgur wheat for chili ingredient

Bulgur wheat gives it a ground beef texture, but this is an optional ingredient. Bulgur is a whole wheat grain that is cooked exactly like rice in about 15 minutes. (Follow package directions).

I like to make a big batch of it and store in the freezer to use in recipes like tacos, stews, chili beans, etc. because bulgur adds a ground beef texture and soaks up flavors of dish you’re preparing.

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Dry bulgur wheat uncooked

Country cornbread goes great with soup

This recipe is terrific served with my Country Cornbread.

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My oil, egg, and dairy-free cornbread is delicious with these beans.

When a group of people talk about cornbread for any length of time, the discussion will always get around to the question of whether cornbread should be sweet or savory.

This is my favorite Country Vegan Cornbread recipe that can be made either way–sweet or savory!

The recipe is adapted from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Cancer Survivors Guide.

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Vegan White Bean Chili

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This White Bean Chili satisfies the craving for chili but cuts out all of the unhealthy ingredients found in many other chili recipes. Loaded with chunks of sweet potatoes, tender white beans, celery, onions, and spices, this dish is sure to keep you full for hours.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup sweet potato, diced
  • 4 cups white beans, fresh cooked or canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup bulgur wheat, uncooked, optional
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 1 tsp Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce, optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 Tbsp vegetable broth in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring for 5 minutes.
  3. Add celery and sweet potato and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add beans, bulgur, veggie broth, and all spices. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes.
  5. If you would prefer to make this recipe in a slow cooker, simply add all the ingredients to a crock pot. Turn heat to low, and cook for 3-4 hours. 
  6. Remove from heat and serve with fresh cilantro.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: .9gCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 19gSugar: 6.7gProtein: 4.8g

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Sunny

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Terri, I plan to make all your chili recipes, starting with this one. In clicking through the ingredient links, I see the liquid smoke is not available and Amazon doesn't know if it will return. Do you have a second choice recommendation for that? (I've never used liquid smoke.) I've also been wanting to make something with bulgur, and I currently use Bob's Red Mill corn meal, so I'll click through on your link for the bulgar purchase. But what liquid smoke brand would you recommend? BTW, I've attended Dr. Barnard's weekly cooking/education classes offered here in D.C., and those cooking demonstrations meant a lot to me and the others attending. I assume you're doing that sort of thing where you are, and that in-person experience is SO helpful to folks, in several ways. Thank you.

Terri Edwards

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Hi Sunny- Thanks so much for letting me know that that liquid smoke on Amazon is out of stock. I'll head over and change that link. This one seems to be available right now, and it's the brand currently in my pantry. I love Dr. Barnard too! I do teach the Food for Life in classes, though the in-person classes have been postponed since March 2020 due to COVID. Hopefully, we will be able to get back to those before too long. I am so glad to hear that the classes in DC meant so much to you. Hope you enjoy the chili recipes and thank you so much for using my affiliate links for your purchases! https://amzn.to/2SefDbQ

Michael

Friday 15th of June 2018

Thank you for these easy to make meals. I’ll try them real soon.

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