Meat Alternatives For Vegan Chili

As the temperatures drop and the weather gets cooler, one dish that is going to find its way into the kitchen is definitely chili. This cold-weather classic combines a hearty stew with all kinds of delicious ingredients such as beans and often meat.

However, you can definitely make a delicious chili without using any meat! Here are some ideas for replacing meat in chili for a vegan alternative.


One great way to replace the texture of the traditional ground meat which is found in chili is by using quinoa. Not only is this grain a perfect substitute texture and taste, but it’s also extremely healthy.

Black Beans

Yes, we know. You almost always find beans in chili, so adding black beans to chili isn’t anything too revolutionary. However, if you combine these black beans with kidney beans, you’ll up the ante and give a little variety to vegan chili.

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Sweet Potato

Surprisingly, sweet potato is a great meat alternative when making chili. It adds a heartiness and a bit of a sweet touch that works great when making an especially spicy chili. Try it out!