Creamy Vegan White Bean Chili Recipe - Simply Plant Based Kitchen (2024)


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I love a soup or chili with a little kick! But, not too much, LOL. This Creamy Vegan White Bean Chili really hits that sweet spot of spicy and not too hot.

Going to a summer BBQ or 4th of July party and not sure what to bring that’s “secretly” plant based and that everyone will like? Try bringing this vegan White Bean Chili, but don’t tell them all the benefits of it being oil free, gluten free, or whole food plant based. Keep that secret to yourself and then just “smile and nod” when people compliment you on your chili. 🙂

Do you like it hot? Or not to much?

The spice in this white bean chili recipe is totally adjustable. I think it’s perfect as is for my tastes, duh, but you might like it not spicy at all or even hotter…. hey whatever floats your boat!

You can completely omit the 1/2 of jalapeno or put the whole thing in there! If you really don’t like spice at all leave out the jalapeno AND the diced green chilis. You might even look for a mild salsa verde.

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What kind of white beans to use

Use any white beans you’ve got! I actually had planned on using 2 cans of cannellini beans like the recipe calls for, but I only had 1 in my pantry so I went with 1 can of cannellini and 1 can of northern white beans. You can also use chickpeas! Mix and match like I did on accident or just do one kind.

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Gluten free to create the creamy chili

There are 3 choices for the thickener to make it have a creamy-like texture rather than a soup. Arrowroot powder is the best choice because it has the most nutrients and is the least processed. It can be found in most grocery stores in the spice aisle.

If you can’t find it or want to use tapioca flour (same as tapioca starch) that works, too. Corn starch can be used, but it has a stronger thickening power, so cut the amount used in half.

Dump dinner recipe, but don’t forget to stir it often!

I love soups & chilis, because they are pretty much dump recipes that you really can’t screw up. Besides sauteing the onion, garlic, and jalapeno for a few minutes, the rest of the recipe is mostly a dump, bring to a boil, cover & simmer.

HOWEVER, this recipe does require frequent stirring because the arrowroot powder can cause the chili to stick to the bottom if you ignore it. So give it a stir about every five-ish minutes.

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So many White Bean Chili topping ideas!

  • fresh cilantro
  • squeeze of lime
  • avocados
  • guacamole
  • baked tortilla chips
  • cashew cream sauce
  • sliced jalapenos
  • green onions

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Other great whole food plant based soup recipes you might like!

  • Simple Summer Corn Chowder
  • Slow Cooker Jackfruit Tortilla Soup
  • Spicy Thai Carrot Coconut Soup
  • 3 Bean Vegan Chili
  • Vegan Autumn Squash Soup
  • Slow Cooker Curry Red Lentil Soup
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Creamy Vegan White Bean Chili

This vegan white bean chili has a little kick to it, but not too hot. If you don't like spicy, leave out the jalapeno. If you want more spice, add the whole jalapeno instead of half! This is really quick and easy to make and you can use any white bean you have in your pantry.

Prep Time15 minutes mins

Cook Time35 minutes mins

Total Time50 minutes mins

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup

Cuisine: American

Keyword: spicy chili, summer soup, vegan chili, wfpb soup, white bean chili

Servings: 6

Calories: 232kcal

Author: Kim Murphy



  • Add onion, garlic, & jalapeno to a large stockpot and water saute on medium heat for 5 minutes.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except cilantro, and stir to combine well.

  • Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often, until potatoes are tender.

  • Top with fresh cilantro before serving. Also great to serve with lime wedges, avocado, or baked tortilla chips!


Arrowroot is the least processed for thickening the soup, but tapioca flour works good, too. If you don’t have arrowroot powder or tapioca flour (same as tapioca starch), you can use corn starch, but use only 1 tablespoon. They are all gluten-free.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 814IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4mg

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Creamy Vegan White Bean Chili Recipe - Simply Plant Based Kitchen (2024)


Is plant based chili good for you? ›

High in Nutrients: One of the main benefits of vegan chili is that it is packed with nutrients. Beans, which are a staple ingredient in vegan chili, are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins.

What is vegan chili made of? ›

This Vegan Chili is a moderately-spiced, tomato-y stew loaded with chunks of celery, onion, green bell pepper, and carrot. Spices like ancho chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic, and cayenne pepper add some body to the chili, while kidney beans and pinto beans give a hearty and creamy texture.

What does chilli do to the gut? ›

Chilies also contain capsaicin, which is what gives them their heat. And the capsaicin is the source of a lot of other health benefits. Capsaicin may help to improve digestion by increasing the amount of digestive fluids in your stomach. It may also help fight bacterial infections.

Is plant-based healthier than meat? ›

New research shows that although plant-based meat products are generally healthier than meat equivalents, they can be higher in sugar and are often lacking important nutrients found in real meat.

How do you thicken vegan chili? ›

You can use polenta, arrowroot powder (a gluten-free vegetable root flour), or masa harina as a thickening agent if you don't have cornmeal. In Latin American cooking, chefs use masa harina—a type of cornflour—to make tamales and tortillas.

What can I substitute for meat in chili? ›

Here are just a few ideas.....
  • An extra can of beans (pinto, kidney, or black)
  • Seitan.
  • Bulgur.
  • Portobella Mushrooms.
  • My Cauliflower Taco Crumbles.
  • Butler Soy Curls.
  • Any of the new burger crumble products in the store.
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How long does homemade vegan chili last in the fridge? ›

How to store and reheat vegetarian chili. In the refrigerator: this plant-based chili will stay good in your fridge for about 1 week. Once your chili is completely cooled, just place it in an airtight container (or multiple, if you'd like to meal prep it) without the additional toppings and place it in the fridge.

Which chili is the healthiest? ›

Best: Pacific Foods Plant-Based Fire Roasted Vegetable Chili

This is because the vegetarian ingredients pack loads of fiber and still meet our minimum protein recommendations. Although this option falls a little short at 8 grams of fiber per cup, eating a full can will fill you up with 15 grams and only 360 calories.

Why is vegetarian chili good for you? ›

As a Dietitian, I love a one bowl meal that has complex carbs, protein, plenty of veggies, and healthy fat all in one. This chili is packed with plant protein and filling fiber from beans and veggies, making it crazy hearty. Regular consumption of beans can help lower cardiovascular risk.

Is plant-based meat junk food? ›

Plant-based meat alternatives often contain more sodium than animal meats—in some examples up to six times more—and some of them contain added sugars, artificial coloring, and controversial additives like carrageenan and methylcellulose, which are bulking agents.

How many calories are in plant-based chili? ›

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