Delicious Vegan Chili


Good evening!

Brrrrr… is FREEZING outside again today! The winds were super high (40-50 km/hr) and it was just blistery outside. I think it only got to 5C today. Eric and I bundled up and braved the cold for a quick bike ride.

It sure looked nice outside though…


We both had to wear two sweaters and a jacket and we were still freezing!


We managed to squeak out a speedy bike ride, despite wanting to turn back several times.

The bike ride:

  • Time: 26:20 mins
  • Distance: 4.40 miles
  • Avg speed: 10 mph
  • Max speed: 17.4 mph
  • Ascent: 301 feet

We did a combo of road and trail once again. The trail was fun and it blocked the wind a bit, but it also blocked the sun!

Our hands were FROZEN and red and my toes were starting to go numb when we returned!

Crazy, that just a few days ago it was 26C.


However, it was energizing (once it was all over!), so I am glad we stuck it out. :)

I forgot to mention to you guys, I have been using a new mantra when I swim lately! Sometimes, I jinx myself and start thinking negative thoughts about my performance when I am in the pool. If I have a few bad laps and I am not ‘in the zone’, I find that it is a slippery slope. Once I start thinking I am doing bad, that leads to more bad laps…

So lately I have been repeating a mantra in my head:

‘You are strong, you are powerful, you are capable. You are stronger than you know.”

I repeat it over and over and over and it really makes me perform better. I used to use mantras when running, but it can apply to anything in your life.

Delicious Vegan Chili

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Adapted from Maintenance with Ashley.


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1-3 cloves garlic, minced (I used 1)
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 can each: black beans, white kidney beans, red kidney beans (rinsed) (I used 1 large mixed can)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 can organic mushrooms, drained
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • juice of 1 lime (optional, I didn’t include)
  • Secret Ingredient –> 2 tbsp CHIA SEEDS (it thickens up the sauce soooo much!)

Directions: In a large pot, add the EVOO and heat over medium. Add garlic, peppers, onion, carrot and sauté until everything is soft, approximately 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover, and cook for about 30-40 minutes on low to medium heat.

It was amazing!! Check out this video of our meal. (Edit: Video seems to be taking a while to load?)


I loved how much the chia seeds bulked up the sauce…


I made this a ‘low bean’ chili because Eric is not a bean fan. So I just used 1 large can of mixed beans.

Thanks to everyone who sent me a chili recipe on twitter today! Now I have enough recipes to make for the rest of my days. ;)

I’m off for a hot bath. Here’s to a warmer start to the week!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 9, 2010

Love that you added chias! I just made chili last weekend because it was so rainy and dull here. I have some left for lunches/dinners this week and I am going to try adding some chias.


2 Ashley May 9, 2010

Glad you enjoyed it! I’ll have to try the secret chia trick the next time I make it :)

Your mantra is wonderful – definitely a great attitude to take!


3 Meghan@traveleatlove May 9, 2010

Mmmm I love vegan chili! So versatile!
I also love your new blog header, gorgeous!


4 Natasha May 9, 2010

Yum-o! This chili recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. I’ve tried so many of the other recipes, and so far, everything is amazingly good! Thanks for sharing. :)


5 Michelle May 9, 2010

I read that ingrediant list and I was surprised to see cocoa in the mix. Struck me as strange ;) but it looks and sounds delicious! I’ve been craving chili for a while, I’ll probably be making some this week.


6 Morgan May 9, 2010

As a former swimmer, I found my best way to get into the “zone” was to sing to myself. I would sing things like “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” in my head on repeat! I would just swim and swim, and never realized how far I had gone!
Once you relax, you can really get some of your best thinking done in the pool. Just try not to think about the swimming. I’ve written whole papers in my head, planned weekends and thought some weird things (like if fish die when whales pee…no, seriously). Just relax and enjoy it!


7 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2010

Great tips!


8 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 9, 2010

That chili looks delicious, perfect for a chilly evening like tonight. I can’t believe that I was in a sundress yesterday and a sweater today!


9 theemptynutjar May 9, 2010

yep, freezing alright. i avoid the outdoors cuz of it :)

nice chilli recipe…i am on the fence on chia seeds..not sure if its worth the costly buy and stuff…maybe sometime!


10 kelly September 10, 2012

find a grocery store (here in Texas it’s Whole Foods and HEB) that sells in bulk. that way you can buy a little to try it out. buying in bulk is cheaper anyway. like for that seasoning you use once a year. i paid $.05 for something i needed just the other day, instead of buying the whole jar for 4 to 6 bucks.


11 Jenn May 9, 2010

Must tell you that this morning, I made the spelt pancakes that you have been taunting me with. I am so glad that I did. Ah-mazing. Heaven. My DH said they were awesome. Thanks!
This morning I bailed on Tri-training to sleep in. This afternoon though, I made up for it in the pool and a run. During long sessions in the pool I like to count my sets. I count off the 25 m and it helps me zone out. I also try to keep in my mind that my arms are low and shoot forward from the shoulder. I like to do drills that keep my form in check….all about efficiency! Well, trying to be efficient….I am sure from the deck I still look like I’m just spashing to water to make bubbles!!


12 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2010

haha this made me giggle. I sound a lot like you! I always wish I could see my form on video.


13 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 9, 2010

YUM! That sounds delicious! Do the chia seeds blend into the chilly or do they stay kind of crunchy?


14 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2010

They blend! :)


15 christy from pittsburgh May 9, 2010

Hi Angela! ( luv your name,same as my best friend and I call her Anj!)
thanks for sharing your mantra!
a mantra that my fiance shared with me the night before my 2nd marathon (i wanted to break 4 hrs and i was super nervous!)
” one moment, one minute, one sec, one time. no one in front. no one behind”.
He then said, “Just run your game, not someone else’s!” ANd I ran a 3:53 at the pittsburgh marathon.
This was the same mantra his father told him during his wrestling matches in high school!


16 May 9, 2010

u sure chose the best remedy for the cold!!! <3 xoxo


17 eatmovelove May 9, 2010

I made veggie chili once but I added ground turkey to it ;)…but I’ll master it yet…I do love beans, but I’m probably with your boyfriend on avoiding anymore than 1 or 2 cans :)


18 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2010

I used to add ground turkey too!


19 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 9, 2010

That chili looks awesome! I am loving experimenting with the Chia Seeds.

I just made your VOO’s and cannot WAIT to have them tomororw! I might even do them with the banana soft serve…. very exciting.


20 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2010

Oh you MUST have them with BSS! :)


21 Robin December 26, 2013

Hello! :-). We LOVE your recipes! Thank you SO much for sharing them!

I would like to make this recipe, but in the directions it says to add the EVOO. What is this? Also, in the comments, it says “you must try it with BSS..”. What is this? :-)

Thank you!


22 Luisa December 27, 2013

I wasn’t sure either, so I looked it up and EVOO stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. BSS is Banana Soft Serve. :-)


23 Tina May 9, 2010

You wouldn’t think chili could be made vegan and good, but this looks great. I’m not even completely vegetarian and I want to try it.

And I have noted I need to stop complaining about our 55F temps here….5C is much worse!


24 Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition May 9, 2010

What’s with this weather?! it’s freezing in NYC also! i hate it– silly me wore flip flops to walk around with my family all day and I couldn’t feel my feet by 12pm! Hope is warms up again asap!!


25 Carolyn May 9, 2010

OH MAN. I totally know how you feel. Right now, it’s only 49 degrees here! I don’t know what that translates into in Celcius, but I can tell you it’s unpleasant. >.< Come back, warm weather! I can't believe it was over 74 degrees here on Friday!


26 Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 9, 2010

That chili looks delicious! Would have been perfect for the cold weather we had here too :-)


27 Jenny May 9, 2010

That is a great quote, and it’s amazing that you say it to yourself! I love that:)


28 Cynthia (It All Changes) May 9, 2010

It’s freezing here today too. Hunni and I skipped our outdoor workout in favor of the gym because the winds were just too much. I hope the weather fixes itself soon.


29 Candice May 9, 2010

What a great mantra! I love having a mantra and using it in all areas in my life.

I just want to say that you have been such an inspiration to me as of late. I’m a fairly long time reader of your blog, but I’m on the edge of taking some risks with my professional life and your story lights a fire under me. Thanks for putting yourself out there for other people.

And I totally feel your pain about the cold weather. Our weather has turned chilly here in Oklahoma as well (not as cold as Canada, though:) and I miss warmth!


30 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 9, 2010

That is a very beautiful mantra Angela. I am going to use that in an Operation Beautiful note to inspire other women :)


31 Wei-Wei May 9, 2010

It’s one of the reasons I dislike spring. Summer one day, WINTER the next! D: Perfect day for chili, though… :D

I love your mantra. Mind if I steal? ;)



32 Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 9, 2010

I’d go crazy if it were still cold at home. It was a COLD winter and I need SUN!!!


33 Triathlonbabe May 9, 2010

Wish I could get the hubby to eat beans as well. I love meatless chili but I don’t make it because the hubby won’t eat it because of the beans….ugh!!!

Suggestion when cycling in the cold, we wear balaklavas under our helmets to cover our face and neck from the cold wind and also gloves. When I became hooked to cycling, I bought cycling cleat covers so my toes wouldn’t freeze too. Way to go sticking with it!


34 Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 9, 2010

WEll done on what seemed to be a FREEZING ride!
oooh and that chilli looks like the perfect way to warm up :)


35 Camille May 9, 2010

I love chili but all recipes seem to call for meat! I am going to have to try yours, thanks!


36 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 9, 2010

UM YUM. chili actually sounds really great right now, even though it was 75 here today! i feel like vegetarian and vegan chilis have a lot more flavor and great texture :)


37 Jolene ( May 9, 2010

Mmmm, I love chili!!! It looks so good!


38 lexi May 9, 2010

i was outside ALL day long today selling flowers for mother’s day!! BRUTAL winds!! just terrible..definitely wind-burned my face, and also was exhausted by day’s end, just from shivering (despite wearing layers, winter coat, gloves, hat) and putting up with the stupid wind! Well, I learned my lesson to say the least! Last year’s mother’s day was cold too!! brrrrr


39 Sarah for Real May 9, 2010

Maybe I’m the last person to see this, but I LOVE the new look! It’s so much cleaner and easier to navigate.


40 Ellen May 9, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so seeing the new look of OSG was a surprise! It looks fabulous! Much better! Good job!


41 jenny (Green Food Diaries) May 9, 2010

chia seeds in chilli sounds like such a good idea!


42 Amber K May 9, 2010

That is a great mantra! I might have to start doing that during particularly tough workouts.


43 Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 10, 2010

I’m going back to my hometown in a few weeks and staying with my mom who loves eating healthy but has no idea how to cook/make anything.

I just spent about 2 hours picking and choosing breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts from your recipe page and I can’t WAITTTT to make it all =). PARSNIP FRIES!! and tons of GMs =).


44 Run Sarah May 10, 2010

Cant believe how cold it is out East!! Love the idea of adding chia seeds to thicken up chili, I cant wait to try it!


45 Katie May 10, 2010

Hi Andrea!

I have been adding chia seeds [ground] into my green monsters, but that is the only way that I can stomach them. Anything else, the taste makes me NAUSEOUS! Actually, flax does the same thing… ANyways! I noticed you usually use them whole. I was wondering if you can’t taste them if they are whole seeds? Just curious! I love to add them to GMs, especially with their amazing nutrtion content! :)


46 Fred May 10, 2010

How much zucchini goes in it? It’s not in the ingredient list. :)


47 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2010

Oops…that was in the original recipe, but I didnt use it because I didn’t have any. I think it was 1/2 cup.


48 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 10, 2010

It was SO cold!! Today is cold too, no fun at all! Where did spring go??

That chili looks great- I love chili, but I have yet to find an easy vegan one! I think I need to try this now :)



49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 10, 2010

Good job on toughing it out in the cold yesterday! I was thinking about going for a run, but I decided staying inside in my sweatpants was much more appealing. :D

That chili looks awesome!


50 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 10, 2010

I’ve been craving chili recently, which is really strange for me. This version sounds great. Also, I was away from the computer this weekend and just now saw your redesign. I love it!!


51 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 10, 2010

I can’t believe how crazy the weather has been lately!! Good for you for braving the cold :)


52 Stacey@ May 10, 2010

That looks delicious and I like some of the things you added.


53 Michelle May 10, 2010

I LOVE your mantra. I have one of my own – usually when I am in amongst others –

“I am only here for ME, I am the change I want to see”

Even at months away from 40, I still find myself doing that terrible comparison thing that we as women are notorious for, so I chant this to keep my focus on myself.

Have a great day!


54 Allie May 10, 2010

MMM… the chili looks delicious. My family is from the Toronto area and they were saying they got snow this weekend – thats nuts. I expect that in Calgary, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it past April 15th back home :)


55 Charlie October 13, 2010

Adding chia seeds is such a great idea for thickening the sauce!


56 Tiarnni May 2, 2012

Amazing Amazing Amazing.
So easy and warming xxx


57 Samantha May 28, 2012

I made this, and subbed chickpeas for white kidney beans, added a can of crushed tomatoes and 1lb of Yves Meatless Ground Round, and subbed flaxseed for chia seeds (because it’s impossible to find in my little town). I also added a bunch more carrot (baby, not whole) than I probably should have… and my non-vegetable eating boyfriend went and bought the groceries for me to make it again a few days later (which is what I’m doing right now).

This is a fantastic recipe. I doubt my few substitutions had a great impact on the taste … but it was only done due to not having the correct ingredients… and the fake meat addition was so my boyfriend would find it more meaty and therefore appetizing.

I don’t even like chili and I loved this. Thanks for a great recipe!


58 laurel June 7, 2012

how many servings is this recipe? there’s only two of us but a little leftovers would be nice…


59 thew July 3, 2012

I tried making this recipe, and stuck pretty close to it, but when I saw that it called for 3 tbsp of chili powder I said hold on, that seems like a crazy huge amount. So I thought I’d take it down to two instead of three. I really like spicy food. I put pickled jalapenos on my sandwiches. I love green chili and chili rellenos and anything spicy. But even with two tbsp of chili powder this chili was way too hot to enjoy. Was that listed correctly? Or maybe we just have different chili powder here in the states.


60 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2012

hmm that’s a good question! I just used standard chili powder, but Im sure they do vary by brand. I also love spicy foods, so I could see how some might find it too spicy. Maybe you can “thin” it out by adding more tomato or other ingredients?


61 Rick Dumont August 12, 2012

My wife and i made this recipe last night and it was fantastic. I love a thick and hearty chili. I like my chili a bit spicier, so I added some extra hot sauce. I’ll definitely be back to try more recipes! Thanks!


62 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 12, 2012

Glad you enjoyed it Rick!


63 charity September 17, 2012

I combined the original recipe (from Ashley’s site) with your adaptation and then added my own flair to it. I also cooked it in the crockpot for 6 hours stirring occasionally.

3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1/4 Green & Orange Bell Peppers/1 baby Red & Yellow Sweet Peppers, chopped
1 Red Onion, chopped
1 Carrot grated
Paprika (regular and smoked)
Fresh ground Black Pepper
1 small Zucchini grated
Mexican Chili Powder
Sea Salt
Turkish Bay Leaf
1 Jalapeno Pepper diced with seeds
1 Habanera Pepper diced
1 Chili Pepper diced
1 small can of Sweet Yellow Corn drained
Brown Sugar
2 cans of Chili Beans and 1 can of Black Beans
1 can diced Tomatoes with juice
3 fresh Mushrooms diced
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup Chia Seeds

I ate it with pita bread, very filling and delicious!


64 Jamee October 25, 2012

I made this chili, ate it, shared it, and now I want to marry it. Thanks, Angela!


65 Jen November 5, 2012

I made this, SooooOO good, but couldn’t eat it all…how long can it last in the deep freezer?


66 Shannon December 2, 2012

I’m sure you had no idea two and half years ago that you’d be guiding another chef through their chili endeavors this weekend. But thanks for all your help, this blog is definitely a staple in my life, regardless of my fluctuating diets. I also love how developed it’s become! I can just search your site and normally find something to help me with what I want to make. Thanks!


67 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2012

Thank you Shannon! You are so sweet. :)


68 Brittany @ eatingbirdfood December 4, 2012

Made this recipe last night and it was delicious!!


69 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2012

Glad to hear that Brittany!


70 Sivan January 1, 2013

Just made this..omg so good! I added canned corn and more hot sauce.
I love garlic so I put more as well :) yum yum! Already
Had two bowls! Next time, ill sprout the beans a day before!


71 Jennie February 18, 2013

Whoa. Just made this.
Unbelievably good!


72 Katie February 22, 2013

This recipe was great! I just made it for tonight’s dinner. I also added some Quinoa to it, and topped it with blue corn tortilla chips, and some daiya pepper jack style cheese!! Thanks for the recipe


73 yana August 12, 2013

i didn’t have peppers or cocoa, but this turned out to be the best chili I’ve ever made. Your recipes are really great, thanks!


74 Nick f August 31, 2013

I just want to say that I’ve made this chilli now about 5 times and it is excellent. The only thing I change up is adding two jalepenos, a whole chopped up zucchini, hot sauce, and a bunch of crushed red pepper. It is always amazing! Thank you!


75 Leda October 19, 2013

I just made the chili for a football Saturday! My husband, 2 boys (11 and 12) and I loved it!! I added the lime and the chia! Awesome!


76 Eric November 6, 2013

Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m still a meat eater, but my wife is vegan (mostly) and I really enjoy changing up an old family favorite and making it healthy. I made some variations (cause I don’t like mushrooms, black beans and couldn’t find chia seeds) and it has been a huge hit. Even the time I was ‘winging’ it and accidentally put a TABLESPOON of Cayenne Pepper (my wife actually loved it while crying and dabbing the sweat off her head (laugh))!

I linked back to your site, so you might get a pingback.

Thanks again!


77 David November 11, 2013

I made this chili and it was great. Tasted like a hug. :)


78 Marisa November 13, 2013

I know this is a bit of a lame question…but what does EVOO stand for? I’m anxious to make this recipe this weekend. My boyfriend and I are chili fanatics and I’ve yet to venture into making it homemade since I’ve gone vegan. :)


79 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 13, 2013

Not a lame question at all, I should have clarified!
Extra virgin olive oil :)


80 John November 16, 2013

Looks great, but what’s EVOO? Directions say “add the EVOO” as if it were clear what that is, yet this is the only mention of it.


81 Nancy December 17, 2013

Sorry, but where’s the liquid in this recipe. It’s coming out like paste?


82 Robin December 29, 2013

You are right! The chili was AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe. I will make it again and again.


83 Teri January 12, 2014

Thank you for this recipe! My office is hosting a chili taste-off on Friday, so I made this as a test drive tonight – it was delicious albeit a bit more spicy than I expected (why didn’t I think 3 TBSP of chili powder would have a kick?)! The spiciness was a mild hurdle, though, as my family still asked for seconds and just ate a bit slower than usual. For the office event, I think I’ll use only 1 TBSP of chili powder because I work with wimps.

Oh, and Nancy, I was afraid the chili would come out too dry, so I added 3/4 cup of water and cut the chia seeds down to 2 teaspoons instead of Tablespoons. It came out stew-like.


84 JK April 18, 2014

How many does this serve?

Is this mild or hot?



85 Samantha Goodman May 6, 2014

Thank you so much!! I’m 17 and have been struggling with weight, plus I have celiac disease. I didn’t know how fun being vegan could be! You’re an inspiration ;D


86 Lyndsay July 14, 2014

Looks like a great recipe and am going to try it! Quick question though- how many servings does this recipe yield? Just planning my groceries for the recipe and figured I’d freeze extras for later on, so I just want to make sure I get enough. Thanks so much!


87 Brittany September 14, 2014

This was my first attempt at making a vegan chili and it was awesome! I added a bit more garlic, cumin and chili powder along with a dash of organic red wine based on what I’ve made in the past and it was perfect. Thank you for sharing your wonderfully tasty and healthy recipes!


88 Kylie October 19, 2014

This is an amazing chilli recipe.. I’ve made it several times and each time it gets better. My boyfriend’s mom suggested the recipe to me last year and added our own touch of tossing in some cashews towards the end to give it some creamy nutty flavor! I also combine the spices from this recipe with a few ideas from my parents Cincinnati Chili recipe by adding cinnamon and a hint of allspice. Definitely a favorite!


89 brinkley December 11, 2014

does this recipe not use any broth? seems really thick to me


90 Sue January 20, 2015

I have loved making Vegan chili for a while now and never tried adding Chia seeds. Great idea! I love your “instant” chia pudding recipe.

Do you think this will work well in a crock pot with the chia seeds? I plan to try this tomorrow. Will post if the crock works…it’s a must with the schedule tomorrow. :-)


91 Emily March 5, 2015

Hello, just wanted to let you know I used this recipe tonight with a couple tweaks (italian seasoning instead of oregano and a lot of it because I love seasoning; only a big can of black beans; more garlic because half of the onion I had bought was weird lol; and I did put in the lime) and it tastes great to me. I am bringing it into class tomorrow for a chili cook-off. Honestly I didn’t even want to enter it because I’m the only vegan, but I’ll see how it goes!

Also, I did add a package of vegan ground meat stuff from Beyond Meat, therefore I had to add some vegan broth to keep it more moist. Oops so I guess I really tweaked this recipe beyond recognition. Still, it turned out yummy and I love the chia seeds! Thanks!


92 Hannah October 29, 2015

LOVE THIS! It was delish, thanks again Angela for another awesome recipe! <3


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