Easy Chickpea Chili – Connoisseurus Veg

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This chickpea chili is packed with bold, spicy flavor! It’s easy to make, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights, and the recipe makes a nice big batch, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers.

White wooden surface set with a bowl of Chickpea Chili and blue pot.

Chili is one of my go-to meals to make when I have a busy week ahead. I cook up a big batch on Sunday or Monday, and then have leftovers for days. And it doesn’t get boring because with chili it’s so easy to switch things up. Eat it out of a bowl one night, stuffed in a potato the next, over a carrot dog on the third night…you get the idea.

There are a ton of ways to make vegan chili, but this chickpea chili is especially easy, and I tend to have most of the ingredients on hand pretty often, so it’s been a dinner staple lately.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Olive oil. You can really use any neutral high-heat oil here. I happen to like olive, but corn oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and the like are all totally fine options.
  • Onion.
  • Red bell pepper. Prefer green bell peppers? Or yellow or orange? Use them!
  • Carrots.
  • Garlic.
  • Chickpeas. The recipe calls for canned chickpeas. This makes life easy! But you can cook them from scratch if that’s how you do things. You’ll need about 5 ½ cups.
  • Fire roasted tomatoes. These are super flavorful and smoky. Regular diced tomatoes will do just fine if you can’t find fire roasted ones.
  • Vegetable broth.
  • Spices. We’re using chili powder, ground cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, ancho chile powder, and paprika. Yes, cocoa powder is in there. Is it really a spice? I’m not sure, but it adds a ton of flavor so we’re using it as one in this particular recipe.
  • Frozen corn. You can use fresh corn if you’d like. Add it about five minutes earlier than you would the frozen corn, since it will take longer to cook.
  • Salt & pepper.

How It’s Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

Carrots, onions and garlic cooking in a pot.

Heat the oil in a large pot, then add diced carrot, onion and bell pepper. Sweat the vegetables for a few minutes, just until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook it for about a minute.

Spices, tomatoes and chickpeas in a pot.

Stir in the spices, chickpeas, tomatoes and vegetable broth.

Pot of Chickpea Chili simmering on the stove.

Bring the chili to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes. You can add some water if it becomes too thick.

Corn being stirred into a pot of chili cooking on a stove.

When the chili is just about done, stir in thawed frozen corn. Let the chili simmer just about a minute longer, in order to heat up the corn.

Tip: You can absolutely let your chili simmer longer than 30 minutes if you’d like, up to a full hour. The flavors will continue to meld with a longer cook time. Be sure to add water, as it will reduce more and more as the chili continues to simmer.

Take the pot off of heat when your chickpea chili is done simmering. Season it with some salt and black pepper to taste. You can also add some hot sauce at this point if you’d like!

Bowl of Chickpea Chili with a blue pot in the background.

Ladle the chickpea chili into bowls and pile on your favorite chili toppings, like fresh cilantro, shredded vegan cheese, sliced avocado, or cashew cream. Dig in!

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover vegan chickpea chili will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this chickpea chili gluten-free?

It sure is!

Is this chili hot?

It’s very mild. If you’d like some heat, feel free to add some cayenne pepper along with the rest of the spices, or some how sauce when the chili is done cooking.

How can I reduce the sodium content of this recipe?

You can reduce the amount of salt you use (obviously!) and also use low sodium canned chickpeas, tomatoes, and broth.

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Bowl of Chickpea Chili topped with avocado and chopped fresh cilantro.

Easy Chickpea Chili

This chickpea chili is packed with bold, spicy flavor! It’s easy to make, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights, and the recipe makes a nice big batch, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers.


  • 2
    olive oil
  • 1
    medium onion,
  • 1
    medium red bell pepper,
  • 2
    medium carrots,
  • 5
    garlic cloves,
  • 3
    (15 ounce/425 g) cans
    drained and rinsed
  • 2
    (15 ounce/425 g) cans
    fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1
    vegetable broth
  • 2
    chili powder
  • 1 ½
    ground cumin
  • 1
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1
    dried oregano
  • 1
    ancho chile powder
  • 1
    sweet paprika
  • 1
    frozen corn,
  • 1
    plus more to taste
  • Black pepper,
    to taste


  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, bell pepper, and carrots. Sweat the vegetables for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften.

  3. Stir in the garlic and cook it with the vegetables for about 1 minute, until it becomes very fragrant.

  4. Stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes, broth, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, ancho chile powder, and paprika.

  5. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil.

  6. Lower the heat and allow the chili to simmer for at least 30 minutes, or up to 60 minutes if desired. Stir the chili occasionally and add water to the pot if the chili becomes too thick.

  7. Stir in the corn and simmer the chili a minute or two longer, just to heat up the corn.

  8. Remove the pot from heat. Season the chili with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Easy Chickpea Chili

Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)

Calories 396
Calories from Fat 78

% Daily Value*

Fat 8.7g13%

Saturated Fat 1.2g6%

Sodium 1449mg60%

Potassium 722mg21%

Carbohydrates 68.2g23%

Fiber 15g60%

Sugar 6.8g8%

Protein 15.5g31%

Calcium 208mg21%

Iron 6mg33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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