What’s most comforting than a warm bowl of Chili Beans? When the weather starts getting cold this Easy Vegan Chili Sin Carne is one of our staple recipes. This is a quick and simple recipe that uses mostly pantry ingredients and the best part is that it tastes delicious! So the traditional central American dish is called Chili con Carne, which basically means chilli with meat. Our plant-based version is called Chili Sin Carne, meaning Chili without meat.
Our chili sin carne recipe is vegan, gluten-free and family friendly. When we cook this recipe we make a big batch. We love freezing the leftovers for another day or keeping some in the fridge for the day after. Feel free to double or triple our recipe to have some leftovers as you will most probably love this dish.
Our Easy Vegan Chili sin Carne is packed full of plant-based protein and fibre from the beans and vitamins from the fresh tomatoes and peppers. It’s healthy, nutritious and delicious. Make sure to add your favourite toppings before serving the chili sin carne!
Beans. The proper beans to use when making chili sin carne are kidney beans. For this recipe, we use a mixture of cannelloni beans and kidney beans. Feel free to use any type of beans, as the dish will still taste lovely.
Bell peppers. We normally use red bell peppers but you can use green or yellow bell peppers too!
Tinned Tomatoes. You can use plum tinned tomatoes, chopped or passata. We prefer using chopped tomatoes as we like having small chunks of tomatoes in our meal.
Sweetcorn. We love adding corn into our chili sin carne. It adds sweetness and colour and our toddler loves corn, so it’s a win win!
Spices. To make our vegan chili sin carne we use cumin and sweet paprika. If you like spicy food, feel free to change the sweet paprika for smoked paprika. We use sweet paprika so the whole family can enjoy the meal.
Chili flakes. Add chili flakes if you love spicy food. We add our chili flakes towards the end so we can first serve our toddler’s bowl.
Onion and Garlic. As in most of our recipes, onion and garlic are the base of the dish.
Cilantro. Adding fresh chopped cilantro on the top before serving the meal adds extra flavour and colour.
How to make our Easy Vegan Chili Sin Carne in Three Simple Steps
To prepare this simple one pot recipe, we love using our cast iron pot. We leave the chili sin carne cooking for 20 minutes, but you can leave it slow cooking for longer to get a richer sauce.
- Heat some oil in a pan and add finely chopped onion. When it starts to soften add pressed or finely chopped garlic, cumin, sweet paprika and chopped red pepper. Stir and leave cooking for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the tin tomatoes and the corn. Stir and bring to simmer. We use frozen corn for this recipe, but you can use tinned sweetcorn.
- When it starts to simmer, add the beans. Partially cover the pan and leave cooking for about 15-20 minutes.
To serve our chili beans, we love adding some different toppings to give the meal some different textures, colours and tastes in each bite. Our easy vegan chili sin carne can be served with steamed rice on the side or tortilla chips. We personally prefer tortilla chips as it brings an extra crunch to the meal.
Vegan Toppings for Chili sin Carne
- Freshly Chopped Cilantro
- Coconut or other Plant-based Yoghurt
- Shredded Vegan Cheese
- Vegan Cheese and Sweetcorn Scones
Easy Vegan Chili Sin Carne for Toddlers and Kids
Our Vegan Chili Sin Carne is packed full of flavour from the fresh tomatoes and peppers. This can be a perfect meal to get your toddler or kids to eat more veggies and pulses. Our Chili sin Carne is made with sweet paprika instead of smoked paprika to make it family friendly.
Luca, our toddler, loves this meal. We serve his chili sin carne with sliced avocado and a few tortilla chips (the healthy kind) on the top.
When we cook this meal for the whole family, we keep the chili flakes out until the very end. We prepare our toddler’s bowl first, and then add the chili flakes into the pan.
To give it a smoother consistency, before serving, you can partially or totally blend it. If your baby or toddler is still not eating solids, or you have a fussy eater and home, you may want to blend the whole portion. Same way, you don’t need to blend it if you think that the consistency is good.
Easy Vegan Chili Sin Carne
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 garlic cloves crushed
- 2 bell peppers (any type) chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or chili flakes
- 2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
- 100 g sweetcorn
- 400 g tin cannelloni beans
- 400 g tin kidney beans
- 2 400 g chopped tin tomatoes
- Salt to taste
- Heat some oil in a pan and add the onion finely chopped. When it starts to soften add pressed or finely chopped garlic, cumin, sweet paprika and chopped red pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the tin tomatoes and the corn. Stir and bring to simmer.
- Add the beans. Partially cover the pan and leave cooking for about 15-20 minutes.
- Serve with your favourite toppings.