8 Vegan Chili Recipes for National Chili Day

Celebrate National Chili Day on February 23 with these plant-based variations of the meaty classic.

There seem to be holidays commemorating just about everything, and when those holidays pertain to food, we don’t complain. February 23 is National Chili Day, and what better way to celebrate than by making one of these delicious vegan versions of the classic meat dish? From classic, hearty chili to spicy vegan chili mac, here are our favorite protein-packed, budget-friendly recipes that will keep your stomach and wallet happy.

@plantbasedartist’s heart-healthy vegan chili will keep you warm and satisfied for hours, thanks to its high fiber content and the healthy fats from the avocado.

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@veganalamode’s Chili Cheese Fries is the perfect recipe for when you’re in the mood to indulge but want to keep it healthy—and with oven baked fries, warming chili, vegan cheese sauce, cilantro, and green onions, you won’t even miss the deep fried version.

@minimalistbaker’s 1 Pot Red Lentil Chili is a twist on an old classic thanks to its spicy jalapeño kick. Best of all, this recipe uses simple ingredients and won’t leave you with a million dishes to wash after you’re done.

Add complexity and depth to your chili with @eat.healthy.eat.happy’s Killer Vegan Chili recipe. Loaded with poblano peppers, crushed walnuts, quinoa—and your favorite vegan beer—this hearty chili is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

@spiceandsprout’s Smokey Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Lacinato Kale Chili is a healthful and creative way to up your vegetable intake—the smoky tomato sauce will make you crave this chili all week long.

@well_vegan’s Bourbon Mango Black Bean Chili will transport your taste buds with the cool tropical notes of mango, the fiery spice of jalapeños, and the deep rich flavors of bourbon.

What do you get when you combine two comfort-food classics? @thegardengrazer’s Vegan Chili Mac! This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy families.

To get a really “meaty” chili flavor, try @veganosity’s White Bean “Chicken” Chili. This chili gets its texture from shredded jackfruit and Great Northern white beans, and best of all—no animals were harmed in the making!

Sarah McLaughlin is an editorial assistant for VegNews, who enjoys cooking almost as much as she enjoys eating.

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