Easy Veggie Chili


Turn a few basics from your pantry into a nutritious meal in minutes.

Rating – Easy

For a spicier, smokier chili, substitute 1 tablespoon of minced chipotle (smoked jalapeno) with adobo for the chili powder.

Easy veggie chili recipe with ingredients and instructions also listed below.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (more or less, depending on your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder (add more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit if you prefer milder chili)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto, kidney, or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chopped green onion, diced avocado, low-fat sour cream, or plain yogurt for toppings (if desired)



  1. Heat oil in a heavy, large pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until soft — about five to seven minutes.
  3. Add minced garlic and spices to the pan and sauté until fragrant.
  4. Add the beans and tomatoes, stir to combine.
  5. Heat to a simmer, taste, and adjust for salt.
  6. Simmer over low heat for 20–30 minutes.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  8. Garnish with toppings of your choice.