Oil-free Vegan Chile Bean Chili Recipe
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.
Servings Prep Time
10 20min
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
10 20min
Cook Time
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 red jalapeno
  • 1 oniondiced
  • 2tbls garlicgrated (4–6 cloves)
  • 1tbls ground cumin
  • 1tbls ground coriander
  • 1tbls paprika
  • 2tbls tomato paste
  • 3cups vegetable stockfor see below or store bought preferably with no added salt
  • 1tbls misooptional
  • 4cups cooked black beans5 cans black beans drained and rinsed until water runs clear, or homemade from dried beans
  • 2cups cooked kidney beans1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed until water runs clear, or homemade from dried beans
  1. Rinse the ancho peppers, then remove the stem and seeds from the anchos. Cut off the stem part, then cut vertically, then cut the membrane, the seeds will usually all fall off with the membrane.
  2. Cut the ancho peppers into smaller pieces, place in a jar and add hot water to cover. Set aside and continue with the next step.The anchos will soften enough to blend in about 10–20 minutes.
  3. Remove the stem and seeds from the ripe red bell peppers and jalapenos, then cut them up into pieces about 1in x 1in so the blender can easily break them up.
  4. Place the red bell and jalapeno peppers in the blender cup or blender. If using a blender cup, wrap a paper towel around the top so the liquid doesn’t spatter out. Continue blending until you get a pretty smooth consistency. Set aside.
  5. Heat the pan to medium-high. Test the pan heat by putting a few onion pieces. The pan is ready if you hear a sizzle, the color changes quickly and the onions will jump about the pan.
  6. Put the onions in the pan and let cook a few minutes until they start to show color and even stick a little to the bottom of the pan, then stir a little to let more of the onions stick and pick up color. Sticking is a good thing at this point, just watch, stir and adjust heat if need to make sure the onions don’t burn. (3–5 minutes)
  7. Make a space in the center of the pan and add the grated garlic. Using the edge of the spatula push the garlic down to make a layer. As with the onions, cook until it picks up a little color and starts to stick to the bottom of the pan so that it caramelizes a little and becomes fragrant (about 1–2 minutes).
  8. Clear an area in the pan and sprinkle in the coriander and cumin. Let the spices cook until they just start to smoke and become fragrant. This step brings out a toasty, smoky flavor especially in the cumin. Sprinkle the paprika next on the onions.
  9. Add in the tomato paste and stir around the pan jut until it starts to change color. (1– 2 minutes)
  10. Pour in the fresh red bell and jalapeno pepper mixture into the pan and stir. The onion and garlic that stuck to the pan earlier should lift easily, if not rub a little more with the spatula.
  11. Put the ancho peppers and liquid in the blender or blender cup and blend until smooth. No need to clean the blender cup before adding the ancho peppers.
  12. Add a tablespoon or so of the ancho paste to the pan and stir. Taste the mixture and continue to add more ancho and spices to your taste. Add the miso or salt if using. If using miso, i’s best to mix with about a 1/4 cup of vegetable stock in a small bowl first to make a slurry and will mix in with the rest of the sauce. Just adding in, miso sometimes just stays in a single clump.
  13. Slowly pour in the vegetable stock, stir well, put the lid on and simmer for at least 20–30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  14. Add in the drained cooked beans, stir to coat. simmer with the lid on for another 10–30 minutes to heat through, stirring occasionally.
  15. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings. Limes, onions, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, [salsa fresca|https://thenoilkitchen.com/garden-salsa-fresca] are all good choices. (Pictured above with [Tangy Bites|https://thenoilkitchen.com/tangy-bites], red onions and limes)
Recipe Notes

SOS free version: Omit the miso. This Chili is a naturally bright, full-flavored dish. The optional toppings also add lots of flavor.