The best Vegan Chili

My mum and my sister have very different pallets to mine when it comes to protein choices. When I say very different, I pretty much mean their taste buds suck. Sorry guys.


If you look in my mum’s freezer-

  • Ground beef (standard)
  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken thighs
  • Frozen salmon
  • Beef tips/chuck steak 

If you look in my freezer-

Okay, so that really paints a clear picture when it comes to protein. I clearly don’t store my canned tuna, sardines or salmon in the freezer.


But had I had the funds and space for my protein choices, it would look like this.

  • Kangaroo sausages
  • Pork roast
  • Steak
  • Steak
  • Steak
  • Bacon (to top my steak)

Before I moved out of home, we never ate any seafood at dinner, bar white fish or salmon because to my mum and sister- all my favourites (prawns, crab, oyster etc), would result in them losing their appetite. It wasn’t just seafood though- kangaroo would have them both calling the Australian Wildlife Association and rarely was steak ever eaten. Here is why.

Princess Niki only liked her beef in one way- 

“thinly sliced, no visible fat, cooked like they do in Japanese restaurants.” Not sure who sent her the memo that she was Queen.

Regardless of our varying views on protein, animal protein was a standard feature with every meal. Every meal bar one- My mum’s Curried Chili.


This was a common staple during the Winter months and mum had two ways to make it- In her oversized pot over the stove or the crock pot. Based on the current state of both utensils, I can confidently say the former got more attention. (I actually think there is still a cardboard attachment stuck to the bottom of it…).

When I told my mum that when I posted an ‘Ask me anything’ poll, I had several requests for Vegan recipes, she said ‘Let them eat cake.’

Just kidding, I’m currently watching a documentary on Marie Antoinette and King Louis in the background and I just heard that silly quote.

No she didn’t say that but she asked what Vegan food was and whether she could call her Lamb roast Vegan.

No mum.



However, her curried chili fit the bill perfectly. Based primarily off legumes and a rich tomato sauce, she enhances the flavours by adding curry spices which smells absolutely incredible.

Honestly speaking, it’s been a good couple of years since I’ve eaten it as too many legumes hurt my stomach but I found a way to combat this while spiting my mum- adding a kilo of ground kangaroo.

The Best Vegan Chili

A delicious, vegan chili enhanced with curry spices to give it some zing!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small red or green pepper chopped finely
  • 2 x cans of chopped tomatoes in natural juices 800 grams
  • 1 x can red kidney beans 400 grams
  • ½ cup vegetable stock use a Vegan friendly brand like Massel
  • 1 T sea salt
  • 1 T cayenne pepper
  • 2 T curry powder I used hot
  • 1 T olive oil or oil of choice


  • In a large pot, heat the oil on medium heat until searing hot. Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic and stir for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped green pepper, canned tomatoes, canned kidney beans, vegetable stock and mix with the onions and garlic. Add the salt, pepper and curry powder and mix until fully incorporated. Once the chili mixture starts to boil, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove chili from heat and serve immediately or allow to cool for completely before refrigerating or freezing.


This chili (like any stew), tastes better the longer it sits- I recommend you pre make this chili and eat it the day after.
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64 thoughts on “The best Vegan Chili

  1. Haha your mum is the best! Please veganise her lamb roast 😉 just kidding.
    I like that the recipe seems do easy and has relatively few ingredients. Even I with my annoyingly busy schedule could make it!
    I’m boring and only have frozen strawberries, green beans and chopped ginger in the freezer. As an excuse, it’s a tiny freezer!
    I swear the chili in one of the pictures looks like a mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top on first sight 😀

  2. Always ESSENTIAL to have a good bean filled chili recipe 😉
    My family was never a big MEAT eating family, so we really only ever eat chicken and fish (but not my mom…she has a seafood allergy!) So I am always introducing them to the wonderful plant protein out there instead!

  3. Where’s the meat, Arman?? I thought your mum’s lamb roast qualified as vegan food 😉 .Okay, back to being real: I’m happy to see some legume-lovin’ on your blog and that looks like a nice basic hearty chili. I’d say I’m quite picky about my protein choices because I will only buy a certain brand of chickpeas. Sure, I’ve bought others before but they disappointed.
    My parents’ nutritional knowledge is sufficient for their needs, I’d say. Meaning they don’t stress about anything but naturally gravitate towards healthier food. They wouldn’t pass the test of identifying dishes as paleo or not, though :D. Not a big deal for me.

  4. mmm…chili. I made a vegan chili a few weeks ago – I should do it again. Especially considering how damn cold it is here. As for my parents nutritional knowledge…decent, I suppose? although if I asked either of them about eating paleo or vegan, they’d probably ask if cheese was acceptable.
    in my freezer…ice cream?

  5. LOLing at the “bacon to top my steak with”…. I think you’re basically describing me. MEAT LOVERS UNITE. I’ve never tried kangaroo (didn’t even know that was a thing 😯 ) but it sounds interesting… the most exotic I get is octopus/sea urchin/moose. Anywhooooo this looks good enough to forsake my much-loved meat for! I love me some warm chili on a frigid 65F Californian day. Brrrrrrr

  6. That sounds delicious- curry powder is such a great flavor. I’ve never heard of it in a chili before, but why not?

    My dad and I were the only ones who liked seafood other than salmon and whitefish at my house too– when I would come home from college, he would always take me to the seafood shop, and we would buy scallops, crap legs, clams, you name it, and have a seafood fest– while my mom enjoyed her chicken 🙂 Because he liked having someone to enjoy it with!

  7. Cool idea to add curry to chili! I’ve never heard of doing that before.

    I’m not too picky about protein – I like pretty much everything! It’s my family who are the picky ones haha. So for family dinners we’re pretty much limited to chicken, beef, and pork, which are the only proteins we can all agree on. I’ve offered to cook them all up some tofu but they turned me down. 😛

  8. well my parents always tell me they ate baked chicken, brown rice, and some sort of salad while in reality, its chicken curry (in creamy sauce), white rice pilaf with nuts and butter, and vegetables…and they never tell me about desserts.. i have banana slices in my freezer.

  9. i actually think that vegan chili can be heartier than that with beef or chicken. Maybe it’s the fiber? Either way, this looks good!

    p.s. when you move to US bring us some Kangaroo sausage!

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