Chile Bean Chili (Oil-free Vegan Chili)
A mix of sweet & piquant peppers, fresh & dried chiles, this oil-free vegan chili is all about the bright fresh red peppers and deep flavored dried chiles.
Peppers take the front stage for this oil-free vegan chili. A mix of sweet and piquant peppers, fresh and dried, this chili is all about the chile peppers. Chili is one of our favorite dishes and I make it year round in many ways with an variety of ingredients depending on what’s in season and what is available.
Fresh and Dried Peppers for the Chile Bean Chili (Oil-free Vegan Chili)
During late summer and early fall, I like to focus on using the fresh ripe red peppers in dishes. Ripe red peppers give a fresh brightness and is complimented by the depth of the dried chiles. It is really fun to experiment with all the wonderful ripe red peppers available at this time of year. This oil-free vegan chili recipe is kept simple with just two kinds of fresh ripe red peppers and only the anchos for the dried. Anchos are the dried version poblano peppers, the kind typically used for Chile Relleno. Once the poblano peppers are fully ripe they are harvested and dried. Anchos are usually fairly mild with a sweetness, spiciness and a little kick.
Fun Toppings for Chile Bean Chili
This Chili lends itself to fun toppings and garnishes. It is really good garnished with diced red onions, lime wedges, cilantro, diced avocado and tangy bites (a homemade treat reminiscent of queso fresco). The garden salsa fresca is a natural choice as it is a refreshing topping to this somewhat piquante Chile Bean Chili. For a nice crispy addition, enjoy this bowl of Chile Bean Chili with our Light & Crispy Oil-free Tortilla Chips.
Flavor-building Oil-free Technique
The Chile Bean Chili, which is an oil-free vegan chili recipe, uses an effective and easy oil-free technique for building flavor that can be applied to many other sauces and dishes. The video below shows all of the steps in about a minute. Below the video are step by step photos followed by corresponding detailed written instructional steps.
Tools Used in this Recipe
- cutting board
- kitchen scissors
- 1 cup jar with lid
- hand blender and blender cup (stick blender)
- heavy bottom braiser pan or dutch oven (tri-clad and enameled cast iron cookware work great for this type of dish)
- flat wood spatula
- flexible spatula
- soup ladle to serve