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This 30 minute vegan White Bean Chili is on a mission to prove that white chili can be filled with flavor and that vegan chili can be super hearty. It’s a quick meal for a busy weeknight or a simple meal prep recipe!
You'll Love This
- It’s bursting with flavor! If you (or your family) have ever been skeptical about white chili really measuring up, try this one. The blend of spices hits all the chili notes, cannellini beans add an earthy heartiness, the salsa verde kicks it up a notch, and a fresh lime tops it off. White chili does not have to be bland chili! If you're looking for other vegan chili recipes be sure to check out my Black Bean Chili, Three Bean Chili, or Vegan White Chickpea Chili.
- It’s a hearty meatless meal! This vegetarian white bean chili more than makes up for the lack of chicken and will leave even your biggest eaters feeling satisfied. And a full serving of rich white beans means your family is still getting the protein they need.
- It’s fast and simple! This easy white bean chili is on the table in 30 minutes or less, because it requires minimal prep. It all comes together in one pot, which means cleanup is a breeze as well! If you love 30-minute meals as much as I do, check out a few other family favorites like One-Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup, 30 Minute Vegan Black Bean Soup, or Creamy Vegan Tuscan Pasta.
Add a splash of vegetable broth and deglaze the bottom of the pot, scraping all the yummy bits off the bottom.
Stir to combine, then simmer. Stir in fresh lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Garnish with your favorite toppings - don't forget the homemade fried tortilla strips - and enjoy!
- For a thicker texture, try mashing or blending a portion of the soup. I tend to prefer a creamy broth in my white bean chili recipe, but white beans blend really easily with a high-speed blender or immersion blender so it's simple to make this soup thicker if you prefer.
- Use whatever white beans you have on-hand! Great Northern beans are often used in white chili and are sometimes confused with cannellini beans. Cannellini beans and Great Northern beans are not technically the same legume, but they are pretty interchangeable. Cannellini beans are generally larger than Great Northern, with a hearty, earthy flavor and texture that does a bit better in chili.
- Store leftovers or make ahead! Chili is always a good option for meal prep, because it stores so well. And/or leftovers make a great lunch later in the week. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for up to two months! Warm it on the stove with an extra pinch of salt when you’re ready to enjoy it again!
Great Northern beans are one type of white bean often used in white chili. "White chili bean" is not a specific type of bean, but can refer to any white bean used in white chili. Some brands of canned beans refer to Great Northern beans as "white chili beans", which is probably where the confusion comes from.
White chili is generally made of chicken, white beans, corn, and green chiles. It is a lighter take on traditional chili, which gets its dark red color from spices, red beans, and tomatoes.
There are a couple ways to thicken up your white chili. The first is to scoop part of the chili into a high speed blender or use an immersion blender to puree part of it. The second way is to make a simple cornstarch slurry. Mix equal parts cornstarch and cold water, making sure there are no chunks, and then stir it into your simmering chili. Let simmer for 10 more minutes, and you'll notice it thicken up. How much cornstarch? Start with 2 tablespoons and you can always make more slurry as needed.