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A thick rich soup broth does not have to have meat as its base. This Vegan White Bean Chili is a hearty meal loaded with a variety of beans, fresh corn, and authentic Mexican spice. It’s also gluten and dairy-free.

You can make it ahead or serve warm right out of a crockpot. Perfect for a large party or a cozy meal with family. Enjoy it with bread or crushed taco chips into the bowl.

white bean chili with lime wedge, cilantro,corn in creamy broth

🥘 Ingredients

WHAT TYPES OF BEANS ARE IN CHILI?

I beefed up (no pun intended) this no-meat chili with a variety of beans to give it flavor and make it as filling as chili with meat. This is a versatile recipe, and you really could use about any canned bean you have on hand.

If you like adding chickpeas, I would suggest my post on Canning Chickpeas. Canning your own yields a superior product and opens the door to creating unique flavors not found in common grocery store cans of chickpeas.

  • great white northern
  • chickpeas
  • white kidney beans
  • pinot beans
  • pink beans
  • black beans
  • fava

Are great northern beans the same as white chili beans?

For this recipe, I used great northern beans for my white chili beans. However, you could use cannellini beans. Cannellini beans and great northern beans are both white in color and are similar in taste.

white bean chili in a bowl topped with cilantro and lime

Chili with coconut milk

Are you looking for a slightly sweet creamy bean chili? Try adding one can of Unsweetened Coconut Milk to this recipe while it simmers. It will create a creamy sweet broth.

💭 Top tips

Make it spicy

If you like your chili spicy, then I suggest adding a teaspoon of one of these spicy seasonings while your chili is simmering.

Topping ideas

One of our family’s favorite add-ins to soups is sweet and spicy jalapeno Canned Cowboy Candy. Canned Cowboy Candy is the perfect way to preserve many jalapenos in an addictive sweet and spicy sauce. They are also great on burgers, Mexican foods, in dips, and pimento cheese spread.

  • pickled jalapenos (see recipe above)
  • taco chips
  • avocado
  • lime wedges
  • hot sauce
  • cilantro
  • shredded cheese

📖 Variations

Crockpot

  1. Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat until warmed.
  2. Add onions, peppers, corn and shallots, saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, add garlic, cumin, and coriander and saute for another 30 second.
  4. Next, add flour into vegetables, stirring constantly until all vegetables are coated.
  5. Add all other ingredients to the crockpot.
  6. Cover and set the temperature to LOW for 6 hours, or set on HIGH for 3 hours.
  7. Serve with taco chips, avocado, cilantro, lime wedges, and hot sauce.

Instant pot

I suggest you used already cooked canned beans for this recipe. If you have dried beans, you might want to precook them in your instant pot before cooking the chili. If you are interested in canning your own beans visit my post, How To Can Beans.

  1. Set Instant Pot to saute, add olive oil, heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onions, peppers, corn and shallots, saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, add garlic, cumin, and coriander and saute for another 30 second.
  4. Next, add flour into vegetables, stirring constantly until all vegetables are coated. Slowly add vegetable stock, while stirring, and then add in the beans, and green chilies.
  5. Lock lid and set machine to cook at high pressure for 13 minutes. When finished, carefully turn the steam valve to the venting position to release the pressure.

How to can chili

A great way to always have a quick meal on hand is to can a big batch of this white bean chili. Make a triple batch of the recipe and then follow the instructions for Canned Vegetable Soup. It’s easy and oh so delicious! You also might like to try Canned Chili Recipe

🥡Leftovers

Place leftover soup in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

  1. To reheat, pour the soup into a microwave-safe container that leaves several inches of room from the top.
  2. Place a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap on top of the container, leaving a small opening at the side as a vent.
  3. Heat for 1 minute, stir and heat again for 30 seconds or until warm.

Can you freeze chili?

If you have leftovers a great way to save it for another meal is to freeze it. You can do individual serving sizes in a small bag or gallon size for a family of 4.

  1. Allow the chili to cool down to room temperature.
  2. Use thick, durable freezer bags or airtight freezer containers.
  3. Lay the bags flat on a cookie sheet and freeze.
  4. Defrost in the fridge overnight.
  5. You could also defrost in a bowl of room temperature water.
  6. To defrost quickly, use the defrost setting on a microwave.

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Vegan White Bean Chili

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
White Bean Chili is a hearty meal loaded with a variety of beans, fresh corn, and authentic Mexican spice.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a medium-sized stockpot over medium heat
  • Add onion, peppers, corn and shallots, saute for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add garlic, cumin, and coriander and saute for another 30 second
  • Next, add flour into vegetables, stirring constantly until all vegetables are coated. Slowly add vegetable stock, while stirring, and then add in the beans, and green chilies.
  • Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Topping ideas

One of our family’s favorite add-ins to soups is sweet and spicy jalapeno Canned Cowboy Candy. Canned Cowboy Candy is the perfect way to preserve many jalapenos in an addictive sweet and spicy sauce. They are also great on burgers, Mexican foods, in dips, and pimento cheese spread.
  • pickled jalapenos (see recipe above)
  • taco chips
  • avocado
  • lime wedges
  • hot sauce
  • cilantro
  • shredded cheese
Serving: 1cup, Calories: 292kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 698mg, Potassium: 675mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 748IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 102mg, Iron: 5mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Soup
Author: Gina Dickson

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