Tasty Vegetarian Chilli

A bowl full of delicious vegetarian chilli with just the right amount of spice is a comforting and hearty meal

Get ready for a hearty and flavourful meal! Our easy-to-make vegetarian chilli is packed with nutritious vegetables, earthy spices, and a delicious tomato-based sauce. We guarantee it’ll become a regular in your kitchen. Ready to enjoy a delicious and nutritious bowl of goodness? Great, let’s get cooking!

A bowl full of delicious vegetarian chilli with just the right amount of spice is a comforting and hearty meal

Tasty Vegetarian Chilli Beans

Blake Hall
Dive into a bowl of goodness with our veggie chilli! Bursting with nourishing vegetables, aromatic spices, and an enticing tomato-based sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Servings 4 people


  • 1 brown onion, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 3 trimmed celery stalks, diced
  • 5-6 chillis
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 400 g pinto beans
  • 2 x 400 g red kidney beans
  • 400 g black beans
  • 400 g butter beans
  • 3 x 400 g tinned tomatoes, whole peeled
  • 1 cup lentils (green or brown)
  • 50 g Big Dog Spices Big Tex Spice Rub
  • 20 g Big Dog Spices SPG Rub & Seasoning


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • In a large, oven-safe and heavy-based pot, heat some oil over high heat. Add the sliced onions, diced carrots, and celery, and chopped chillies. Cook until the vegetables are softened, and season with Big Dog Spices SPG Rub & Seasoning
  • Drain and rinse the beans, then add them to the pot once the vegetables have softened. Stir in the Big Dog Spices Big Tex Spice Rub, and cook for 1-2 minutes to release the flavours of the spices
  • Add the beef stock cube, tins of tomatoes, and lentils to the pot. Stir to combine, then add enough water to cover all the ingredients. Increase the heat to high, cover with a lid, and let the mixture boil for 5-10 minutes
  • Once the chilli mixture is boiling, turn off the heat and keep the lid on. Place the pot in the oven and bake for 1.5-2 hours until the mixture has thickened
  • Remove the pot from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes with the lid on
  • Serve the chilli in bowls, and top with sour cream, and freshly cracked black pepper (optional)


  • Consider serving this delectable dish on a bed of rice for a satisfying and complete meal.
Keyword Vegetarian
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What’s So Great About Veggie Chilli?

We love being creative with our seasonings for vegetables, and vegetarian chilli offers endless possibilities. With fresh vegetables, you can mix and match your favourites and pair legumes, like lentils, red kidney beans, and chickpeas, to create a flavour that suits your taste.

Nutrient-Packed Comfort Food for Any Day

Your body will thank you for getting a powerful nourishment boost from a bowl of wholesome veggie chilli, packed with essential nutrients that will make you feel good. You’ll get a natural fix of rich protein and fibre from legumes and a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals from fresh vegetables. And don’t forget antioxidants; they’re like superheroes for your overall health. Pow!

Simply put, it’s incredibly convenient. Serve it as a main dish, side dish, or even as a topping for baked potatoes. Make a big batch on the weekend and store it in the freezer for quick and satisfying meals during the week. Or, when you just need a warm bowl of comfort, it’ll be ready and waiting for you.

The best part? You can season it to perfection, just the way you like it.

What Spices Should You Use in Vegetarian Chilli?

What we love about vegetarian chilli is its versatility. It’s a real superstar when it comes to experimenting with flavours, and because it doesn’t contain meat, you can add any spice you desire.

If you’re looking for a tasty blend without the fuss, our go-to is the trusty Big Tex Spice Rub. The unique combination of peppers and cumin gives the chilli a bold Southwest-style kick, while the paprika and raw sugar balance out the heat with a touch of sweetness and depth of flavour.

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