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Vegan Chili

This slow cooker vegan chili recipe is rich and comforting. Packed with lots of veggies, tons of spices, and hearty quinoa, this chili is easy to make, and will keep you warm on a cold day. 

Close up of a full ladle of vegan chili above a slow cooker full of vegan chili

There are few things that can compare to a big, warm bowl of chili on a cold fall or winter day. But don’t let anyone tell you that chili needs to be loaded with meat, or a huge effort to make. This vegan chili recipe is as rich, hearty, and soothing as any bowl of traditional chili, but it uses quinoa in place of meat. And it’s made in the slow cooker, so it’s the definition of a low effort meal. 

This recipe is packed full of different veggies, like tomatoes, corn, and bell peppers. And it’s heavily seasoned with chilis, chili powder, cayenne powder, cumin, and more spices. It’s got the perfect spicy kick, while also being a comforting meal. And it’s incredibly healthy!

Overhead view of the ingredients for vegan chili, in bowls, labeled: veggie broth, garlic, onions, bell pepper, salt, tomatoes, chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, cumin, carrots, quinoa, corn, pepper, black beans

Recipe Ingredients

Here are all the ingredients you need for slow cooker vegan chili. Be sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the article for the exact amounts of each ingredient.

  • Vegetable broth
  • Quinoa – You can use any type of quinoa that you like, but it should be uncooked.
  • Black beans – Make sure to drain and rinse your beans. If you don’t have black beans, you can substitute kidney beans.
  • Canned tomatoes – Use diced tomatoes, and do not drain them.
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green bell pepper
  • Carrot
  • Corn – You can use fresh or frozen corn kernels.
  • Onion – I prefer red onions for this recipe, but white, yellow, or sweet onions will also work.
  • Garlic
  • Chili pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper – Be sure to use freshly-ground black pepper.
  • Ground cumin
  • Oregano 

How to Make Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

Here’s how to make this easy and hearty chili.

  • Make the base. Add the quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, and veggie broth to the slow cooker, and stir.
  • Add the veggies. Put the corn, bell peppers, onion, carrot, and garlic in the slow cooker, and stir to combine.
  • Season. Add all the herbs, spices, salt, and pepper, and stir the mixture.
  • Cook. Turn the slow cooker on and cook the chili. For a thick chili, cook for 3 hours on high, or for 6 hours on low. For a soupier chili, cook for 2.5 hours on high, or for 5 hours on low. Then serve hot! 

Recipe Tips

Here are a few tricks and tips for making this slow cooker vegan chili.

  • Cut the veggies into small pieces. For the best texture, cut the vegetables into small pieces. Try to also cut the veggies into similar sizes, so that everything cooks evenly. 
  • Blend a little. Here’s a fun way to make the chili a little creamier. When it’s done cooking, transfer a cup into a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour it back into the chili and stir to combine. 
  • Have fun and mix it up. Chili is the perfect recipe for playing with, so make sure you tailor this recipe to your preferences. Add more veggies if you want, or leave out the corn. Use different types of beans or broths, and add more or fewer chili and cayenne depending on how spicy you like your chili. Have fun! 
A slow cooker filled with vegan chili, with a ladle taking a serving out

What to Serve With Vegan Chili

You can really take this vegan chili to the next level by adding some fun toppings. My favorites are avocado and homemade vegan sour cream, but it’s also delicious with green onions, vegan cheese, shredded carrots, and crumbled up tortilla chips. And you can’t beat serving it with the traditional side dish: cornbread! 

Vegan chili in a slow cooker

How to Store and Reheat

You can keep this slow cooker vegan chili in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat on the stove over medium heat for 5 minutes, or in the microwave on 80% power for 30-second intervals. 

Can You Freeze This Recipe?

This is one of my favorite dishes to freeze. Store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months, then thaw overnight in the fridge, or defrost in the microwave before reheating. 

More Slow Cooker Dishes

Here are a few more slow cooker recipes to try making.

A full ladle in a slow cooker full of chili
A slow cooker with a ladle pulling a spoonful of vegan chili out of it
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Vegan Chili

This slow cooker vegan chili is healthy and hearty, and packed with veggies, spices, and quinoa. It's every bit as good as a meat chili, and super easy to make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 192kcal


  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 15 ounces black beans (1 can, drained and rinsed)
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 medium carrot (diced)
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • ½ onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ small chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano


  • Add the vegetable broth, uncooked quinoa, black beans and tomatoes to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Next add the peppers, carrot, corn, onion and garlic, and stir, then add the rest of the seasonings and stir a few times to combine.
  • Cover your Crockpot™ and set to high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours (for high, monitor the last 30 minutes and for low, monitor the last hour). If you like a chili with more liquid, do the 2 1/2 on high, and 5 on low. If you like thicker and just a little bit it liquid, go with the higher number for each option.
  • Taste when finished, and add any more salt or heat if needed. Feel free to add more veggie broth too if you want it more liquid.
  • After your soup is finished cooking, serve and top with your favorite toppings such as vegan sour cream, avocado, scallion, and vegan cheese or shredded carrots. Enjoy!


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat over medium heat on the stove.


Calories: 192kcal
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