The BEST Bean-Free Vegan Chilli… taking one of my favourite winter recipes but making it higher in protein and bean-free! I’m going to be honest. I really don’t like kidney beans that much. They’re pretty much the worst part of chilli in my opinion, and the reason I shy away from ordering chilli anywhere. I do, however, love red lentils because they’re small and basically undetectable in this recipe! This chilli has vegan meat (I use Beyond brand but use your fav) and red lentils to give each 1-cup serving 14g of protein!
This chilli is a little spicy, due to the chipotle powder, but you can either tone it down or amp it up by adding more or less of it. It really is just the most comforting, hearty, smoky meal. I ate it all last week and I love that it keeps me full from lunch right up until dinner. No upset tummy, no energy crashes and no 3 pm snack attack! So its great for busy days when you don’t have time to take breaks for snacks, or need some extra fuel to get you through!
This chilli keeps well, freezes well and is perfect for meal prep! I hope you love it as much as I do and if you make it, be sure to leave a rating and review below! And, if you’re looking for some topping suggestions (because everyone knows the toppings MAKE it), I put some ideas below.
- chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
- chopped green onion
- diced avocado
- shredded vegan cheese
- freshly ground black pepper