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This White Chickpea Chili is a vegan twist on the ever popular white chicken chili. It's loaded with veggies, beans and plenty of spice in a broth of coconut milk, vegetable broth, and salsa verde. Make room in your monthly meal rotation for this 30 minute dinner!
You'll Love This
- If you're a chili lover like me, it's fun to try something a little different than your traditional tomato-based chili recipe. Although I love classic red chilis, as evidenced by the wide variety of chilies on my site including Shredded Short Rib Chili, Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, Creamy Enchilada Chicken Chili, and Vegan Black Bean Chili, I love the unique flavors that this white chickpea chili has and it's fun to switch it up with some plant-based meals.
- You won't even miss the chicken, I promise! This type of white chili is typically made with chicken breast, but in this recipe, I've replaced the chicken with chickpeas, and I'm telling you - it's AMAZING. Chickpeas can literally replace any meat in any of your favorite dishes and they really shine in this chili. A few of my other favorites that showcase chickpeas instead of meat include my BBQ Chickpea Sandwich, Creamy Chickpea Noodle Soup, Greek Chickpea Gyros, Sheet Pan Chickpea Fajitas, and BBQ Chickpea Pizza. If you're looking to add more vegan meals to your family dinner rotation - try switching out the meat in the dish for chickpeas!
- It's perfect for meal prep and it just gets better with time! If you're curious about meal prep, but it sounds daunting, start with soup! Soup is one of the easiest things to meal prep because you can make a big batch and eat it all week. This chickpea chili can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, and frozen for up to 2 months. If you do plan to enjoy this soup at a later date, just be sure that you season to taste with salt after reheating it!
Saute onion, red pepper, and jalapeno in oil along with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper for 5 minutes.
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 bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes. 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!
- This chickpea chili has a bit of a kick to it! Our family enjoys the amount of spice, although for our daughter we added a scoop of sour cream and mixed it in just to mellow it out a bit. If you'd like a more mild chili, try using mild green salsa and omitting the chili powder.
- If you like a thicker chili, try adding less vegetable broth. The coconut milk will make the chili super creamy and then the vegetable broth helps to thin that out a bit, but if you want a creamier chili, add less vegetable broth - you can always add more later!
- Use whatever beans you'd like in this chickpea chili. I like the creaminess and flavor of pinto beans, but light or dark kidney beans or black beans would be delicious in this recipe as well! You could even just add an extra can of chickpeas in place of the pinto beans. Use up what you've got in your cupboard - the flavors are going to be pretty similar regardless of what kind of bean you use.
- Be sure to moderately salt this chili! The ingredient list is simple, and while it does have a few spices in it, salt is going to go a long way in boosting the overall flavors of the dish. I recommend using Kosher salt to season as you have more control over how much you add. It's easy to get heavy handed with traditional table salt and add too much.
Family Favorite Soups
- Homemade Fried Tortilla Strips
- Vegan Lentil Tortilla Soup
- Vegan Black Bean Chili
- Vegan Spicy Black Bean & Rice Soup
- Vegan Creamy Wild Rice Soup
- Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup
- Easy Curry Lentil Soup