Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne (Vegan)

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne (vegan) #veggie #chili #concarne |

There was once a time when I was afraid of being vegetarian. Scared of not eating meat. No more grilled bacon, no more crispy chicken wings, no more melt-off-the-bone ribs. But bollocks to that – of course that was silly, and things have changed now. Definitely in part thanks to meals like this meatless chili.

I often found meals that were heavily meaty a bit hard to just cut the meat out of – I’d usually end up avoiding the dish and make something else instead. That was a shame, because it meant I missed out on some of my favourite meals.

Chili con carne was one. But no longer! This meatless (aka vegan) chili proves that you can still enjoy your favourite meals, but in a new, animal friendly way.

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne (vegan) #veggie #chili #concarne |

The lentils and beans ensure the chili is hearty and filling, while the peppers, onion and corn give it that real chili con carne feel. And the flavourings…wow.

It’s all about the cumin. I’m not saying you have to use a lot of it, but it’s the game changer. In this particular dish all the spices and herbs (’erbs to you over the pond), add their own unique element, but when the cumin hits the pan everything comes together. You suddenly have one awesome vegan chili on your hands.

So get cooking, dig in and enjoy those veggie meals with a passion.

Health Benefits – Meatless Chili Con Carne

It’s not just tasty – the dish is a nutritional powerhouse. Who said meat free recipes can’t deliver? One small serving of this packs 10g of protein. Add iron and vitamin A and vitamin C to your daily count – and you’ve got something really good going on.

It’s been a while since I banged on about fibre too – so you’re in for it now. It’s a ridiculously important part of any diet, and the average person gets waaaay below the optimal amount (fantastic fibre). But it’s really easy to add to your intake, and this dish does that. Half a  day’s worth in one serving.

Fibre protects against heart disease, diabetes, diverticular disease and others. Time to get munching.

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne (vegan) #veggie #chili #concarne |

4.84 from 6 votes

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne

Who said meat free recipes can’t deliver? This meatless (aka vegan) chili proves that you can still enjoy your favourite meals, but in a new, animal friendly way.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 300 kcal
Author HurryTheFoodUp



  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 avocado for garnish
  • Serve with whole grain bread, tortillas, or brown rice. Yum!!


  1. Dice the onion, garlic, bell pepper, chilli and dried tomatoes into small pieces.
  2. Throw all these ingredients into a pan with oil and fry them for 3 minutes on a low heat.
  3. Add the broth, beans, lentils, sweetcorn and chopped tomatoes and stir well. Add the tomato paste and season with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika powder and oregano. Mix the lentils in too and let it all simmer on medium heat for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.

  4. Optional but really nice: add maple syrup.

  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve with toasted bread on the side and a dollop of (vegan) sour cream and guacamole if desired.

Recipe Notes

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: then this Fake Lo Mein might be right up your street - it’s another classic dish done meatless. And it’s wicked. This high-fiber Pea and Lemon Pulao is really worth a make too!

Our nutritional information charts shows the counts from a serving size designed to be accompanied by a side of your choice – toasted whole grain bread, tortillas and brown rice all compliment it really well!

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Con Carne (vegan) #veggie #chili #concarne |
1 serving = just the chili; no rice or avocado


  1. I was actually going to make chili today, then realized I was low on beans. Now I have a new recipe to make tomorrow so it all worked out. Looks delicious!

  2. This sounds delicious! I love a good chili recipe, I love loading mine up too. Avocado, cilantro, corn chips and of course a sauce!

  3. I LOOOOOVE chili! This one looks so hearty and delicious! And I’m really liking the addition of sun-dried tomatoes…super yummy!

  4. this is such a great recipe..this can be made in bulk and used throughout the week right? its so hearty..

  5. The lentils really add a great mouthfeel, so I can see how this recipe would translate really well. And its quick too!

  6. That chili looks amazing! I have it down on my menu plan for next week and I can hardly wait to try it.

  7. What a great looking chili recipe. Love that yummy avocado on the top!

  8. LOL I don’t even need to watch that Eddie clip, I know it so well. “Because there’s a f-ing H in it!” High five fellow Izzard fans! Chili looks nom. Healthy, filling and great flavors!

  9. I love chili! It’s the ultimate comfort food. Yummy! 🙂 What a great recipe!

  10. this looks so awesome! i know what you mean when it comes to eating sans meat. I used to be obsessed with chili and thought the world was over once i became pescetarian. but you’re right, the veggie kind is just as good if not better. I also love how you added lentils to this, rather than 5 different types of beans (which is what i usually just do haha)

  11. Great recipe. Will surely try it.

    However, the title should be ‘sin carne’ and not ‘con carne’

    (I am a beginner at learning Spanish 🙂 )

  12. It must me CHILI SIN CARNE 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! I will prepare this as soon as I can!

  13. Cumin is TOTALLY a game changer!! I love adding it to beans, soups, curried veggies, etc. This chili looks delicious!!

  14. absolutely delicious!!
    Greetings from down under

  15. Is vegetable broth stock

    • Hi Suzanne, yep! Although technically there are some tiny differences between them (meat vs bones), we use the terms interchangeably – especially as veggie ones use neither meat nor bone of course!

  16. If you would like even more vegetables in the dish I would like to recommend that you make cauliflower rice.
    Just take a cauliflower and grind it with a grater and then fry it on a pan with oil and seasoning of your choice for 3-4 minutes and then you have a really delicious alternative to rice. 🙂

  17. Just made this. So easy, so delicious. Thank you!

  18. This looks lovely. Do you think it wold freeze well? I am thinking to make it on the weekend for a mid- week dinner.

  19. This was delicious and I can’t believe it actually tastes better than my usual meat chili con carne. Thank God I found this recipe. It has saved my life since turning vegan cause the kids devoured it along with cashew sour cream. Yum! Thank you so much!

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