We love this time of year. The leaves are changing, the harvest is abundant, and the weekends are full of seasonal activities like raking the leaves and watching football. When it comes to food however, one meal really stands out: chili. This comfort food is so versatile and can be made with any combination of ingredients. You can take advantage of the fall squash harvest or add some root vegetables. Heavy on beans or light on beans. The options are endless.
We think it’s important to point out that vegan chili is a great option as well. There are some delicious recipes out there, and we rounded up 5 that are so good, they won’t leave you asking “where’s the beef”?
1. Vegan Beer Chili, by Minimalist Baker
Anytime beer and chili are used in the same sentence, you’ll catch some attention. But in the same recipe? Unique for sure. Beer really helps bring a rustic, deep flavor to certain dishes. This recipe serves 8 and is super simple.
2. Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado, by Cookie and Kate
A friend of butternut squash is a friend of mine. This butternut squash and black bean chili is just right for fall weather and football games. It strikes a perfect balance between spicy and sweet. Chipotle and chili powder provide ample spice to round off the sweet, seasonal flavor of butternut squash. Top with crispy tortilla strips and plenty of creamy, diced avocados that will satisfy vegans, carnivores and gluten-free eaters alike.
3. Vegan Chili with Homemade Sour Cream, by Oh She Glows
This one just screams homemade comfort food. It doesn’t win the award for simplest, as there’s a long list of delicious ingredients including hot peppers, beans, and other vegetables. But it wins for depth of flavor and heartiness. Make a big batch and freeze half for a cold snowy winter day.
4. Easy One Hour Vegan Chili, by I Love Vegan
This vegan chili can also be considered a vegetable stew, as it’s a standout for basically adding any and all vegetables and legumes that you have sitting around the house. Fresh, fragrant, and rich in vitamins and minerals, this is a true healthy fall comfort food that family and friends alike will appreciate.
5. Hearty Vegan Chili, by The Garden Grazer
If you’ve been waiting for me to tell you about the simplest of the vegan chili recipes, this is your match. All the right ingredients and nothing more, this chili is a classic that really just lets the beans, tomatoes and spices be the standout. Top it with some green onions, avocado or cilantro for an additional hit of garden freshness.