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Vegan Black Bean Chili

This vegan chili is loaded with over 50% of your daily fiber in each serving and is delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Dairy Free, Healthy, Vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 284kcal


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 1 Red Onion diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes or 1 can
  • 2 tsp Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce diced, can be found in cans
  • 15 oz Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Uncooked Split Red Lentils
  • 15 oz Tomato Sauce or 2 cans
  • 2-3 cups Vegetable Broth
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • Cilantro garnish
  • Dairy Free Sour Cream garnish
  • Sliced Jalapeno garnish


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion along with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for another minute, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, chipotles in adobo, black beans, lentils, and a large pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Then add tomato sauce and 2 cups vegetable broth.
  • Cover, turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat and simmer over medium-low for 5-7 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring frequently. Add remaining cup of broth if desired. 
  • Stir in the juice of 1 lime and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, dairy-free sour cream, and sliced jalapeno (if you want to) and enjoy!


Don't let the chili simmer for too long. Just 5-7 minutes is long enough to get the lentils nice and tender. Any longer than that though, and they will likely end up mushy.
Be sure to stir the chili every minute or so while it's simmering. This will loosen any black beans or lentils that may try to stick to the bottom of the pan and make sure that the lentils cook evenly.
You don't have to tell people it's vegan! If you know your friends or family don't enjoy vegan dishes as much as you do, don't tell them this chili is totally vegan. Let them try it, go back for seconds and rave about how good it is. Then drop the truth - it's vegan AND healthy!!
Original Recipe: https://midwestfoodieblog.com/vegan-black-bean-chili/