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Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

An easy to make, healthy, and delicious vegetarian chili recipe that is filling. Option to make on stove top or in a slow cooker.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 471 kcal


  • 2, 15 oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2, 15 oz cans pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 2, 15 oz cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 bell peppers chopped⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1 medium onion diced⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1, 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1 can of V8 -OR- small can tomato sauce⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1.5-2 packs of chili seasoning 3-4 Tbsp⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • TBSP olive oil*⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • optional toppings of your choice


Cooking Option 1 - Stove Top Method

  • Sautee the onions and carrots with olive oil until onions are translucent and carrots have begun to soften, approximately 5mins⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Add bell peppers and continue to sauté another 3-5mins⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Add spices and continue to sauté until aromatic, approximately 1min⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Add tomatoes and juices. Scrape bottom of pan with a wooden spoon while stirring to deglaze your pan⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Add beans and V8 (or tomato sauce) and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium-low and simmer 15-20mins. Chili is done once carrots are fork tender⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Serve with your favorite toppings⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge for up to a week

Cooking Option 2 - Slow Cooker Method

  • Place carrots, onions, and peppers at the bottoms of crockpot. Then add the beans, tomatoes, and spices. Pour V8 over the top⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Cook on the low setting for 6-8 hours, or on the high setting 3-4 hours


*Time noted on recipe if for cooking method option 1 - stove top.
* You can use any combination of beans that you'd like. You just need 6,15oz cans of beans. This recipe includes black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans. Other great options / ideas: canellini beans, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), great northern beans.
*Olive oil is only needed if cooking on the stove top, not required if cooking in the slow cooker.


Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 30gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 169mgPotassium: 1641mgFiber: 29gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 6242IUVitamin C: 52mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 9mg
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