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Best Vegan Chili Ever

The best vegan chili ever. Tasty, hearty, rich, easy to make, and intensely flavored, this healthy chili uses easy to find ingredients!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 275 kcal


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped green zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped yellow summer squash
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cup merlot or other red wine
  • 3 cups Beyond meat crumbles
  • 15 oz chili or red beans with liquid
  • 15 oz cannellini beans with liquid
  • 15 oz black beans with liquid
  • 6 oz canned corn with liquid
  • 30 oz canned crushed tomatoes one large or two small cans
  • 30 oz canned diced tomatoes one large or two small cans
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dark vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup dark cherry preserves or jam or jelly of your choice
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 tbsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper adjust to personal taste
  • 8 oz water more or less depending on desired consistency


  1. In a large skillet, saute the shallots, onions, peppers, zucchini, squash, and carrots until browned and beginning to soften. Add the merlot or other red wine and simmer until the wine has reduced and nearly dissipated. 

  2. Place the sauteed vegetables into a large Instant Pot or slow cooker. 

  3. In the same large skillet as above, saute the Beyond meat crumbles until browned. 

  4. Place the sauteed meat crumbles in the Instant Pot or slow cooker. 

  5. Add the rest of the ingredients. 

  6. Cook on the bean chili setting on the Instant Pot, which takes about a half hour. Or, set on high and simmer in the slow cooker for about six hours. 

  7. Optional garnishes include vegan sour cream or shredded cheese, chopped avocado, lime juice, 

  8. Like with most cooking, this is a tasty thing. Check the flavors along the way and add or hold back as needed.