Vegan Chili

While there was a recipe shared on the main food & nutrition page that was meatless and probably vegan friendly, this recipe from gimmesomeoven.com is definitely a vegan recipe. It will still keep you warm and stick to your bones during these cold months!!

Vegan Chili Recipe


For The Walnut Mixture:

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ ounce dried shiitake mushrooms

For The Vegan Chili:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 jalapeños seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 28- oz can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 can 15 oz. low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can 15 oz. Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock or water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¾ cup medium coarse bulgur
  • ½ cup cilantro roughly chopped – plus more as garnish

Optional Garnishes:

  • 1 ripe avocado cut into small pieces
  • 1 radish sliced thinly (watermelon radish if you can find)
  • ¼ cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


  1. Place walnuts and dried shiitake mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground, 30-45 seconds. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. To make the Vegan Chili: Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pan (like a Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add in onion, celery, and jalapenos. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions begin to brown, 7-9 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and stir in cumin, chili powder, tomato paste, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, for about 1 minute.
  4. Add in diced tomatoes, black beans, Cannellini beans, vegetable stock, soy sauce, bulgur, and the processed walnut-shiitake mushroom mixture.
  5. Put the lid on, bring the mixture to a boil, and then let it simmer until it thickens to your liking, 25-30 minutes. The longer it simmer the thicker it will become.
  6. Stir in the cilantro right before serving.
  7. Ladle into bowls and top it off with the garnishes.

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