4 Bean Chili Recipe

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This 4 bean chili recipe is a perfect meal for a chilly, meatless Monday evening!

I have to be honest, this chili could easily be soup. But I had to pick one, so I went with chili. Is that bad? Either way, this was delicious!

I have a hard time with vegan and/or vegetarian dishes because I can never get them seasoned the way I like. But this one I’m pretty proud of. You can use home cooked or canned beans, either way. I used the canned variety and dinner was put together in about 10 minutes. If you want more of a soup, add some extra vegetable broth. If you like a heartier chili, use a little less. The amount of broth you put in is what you will end up with, so it’s easy to gauge how “soupy” you want this.

Clean Eating 4 Bean Chili Recipe


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Clean Eating 4 Bean Chili Recipe

4 Bean Chili

This delicious, vegan soup will satisfy your tummy without the meat!
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Course: Soup, Stew
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 cups (approximately)
Calories: 246kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 5 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans (drained, no sugar added)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans (drained, no sugar added)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans (drained, no sugar added)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans (drained, no sugar added)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (no sugar added)


  • Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil, using a medium-sized soup pot.
  • Add all other ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for approximately 10 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 5.7mg

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Christina – Thanks for the tips! I’ll have to try some of them. I really do want to make more vegetarian dishes, so maybe that’s the key. Thanks again!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hilliary – Nothing odd about that in my book! Enjoy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Daphne – Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Krystlenieto – Thanks! It really was quick and easy!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Aowens – I drained the beans, but not the tomatoes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Bonnie – Yum! Might have to try that! Thanks!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Mira – Yes, it would! My husband doesn’t care for it, so I rarely use it. But yes, it would be yummy!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Get2stampin – Fabulous! I considered making it with turkey, but decided to take a crack at doing a vegetarian version. Might have to try it with the turkey next time though…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Becca – Fabulous! Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sb – For what exactly?

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Angela – Ya, it takes a little getting used to. But glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Emily – Thanks! Those are great tips!

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Mindy – I would have a small whole wheat roll and maybe a salad.

  15. Smonderful says:

    I love this because it is so easy to “beef” up with whatever veggies you like. I use zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, celery…the options are limitless 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Smonderful – Very true! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  17. Heather Pilar says:

    This was the best chili I’ve ever made and I love that it didn’t have any meat!! You are a great cook!!

  18. Ann Marie says:

    My go-to chili recipe since first finding it. It is a ski trip staple when we are away more than the day. Thanks again. My boyfriend is hooked!

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  20. I know you’ve mentioned in other posts that dried beans should be cooked first but if they spend an extended amount of time (9+ hours) in the slow cooker and if I add extra water, would that work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – Perhaps, but always consider the other ingredients. Try it with a half batch so that if it doesn’t work out, it’s not a huge waste. I would also try it at home on the weekend the first time so you can keep an eye on it.

  21. I want to make this! but i wanted to know if there was anywhere i could make the broth thicker? any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maria – You could remove some of the broth, whisk in some whole wheat pastry flour to thicken and then stir that in. Or just blend up some of the beans.

  22. oh okay thank youu 🙂 can’t wait to try it!!!

  23. clarita patel says:

    it sounds good! will try it for winter along with some cornbread.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Clarita – Let me know how you like it! 🙂

  24. EXCELLENT RECIPE!!! I just finished making this chili and it is sooo delcious! It has a wonerful flavor, it’s so simple to make, and it’s healthy! This dish will definitely become a staple in my favorite meals! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Creshawn – Fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  25. I’m trying this today! I’m thinking about cooking up some ground turkey and then throwing it all in the crockpot for the day. do you think it’ll all turn out fine still since i’m not bringing it to a boil?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      AmandaR – In theory, it should be okay. But I really can’t say as I haven’t tried it myself.

  26. That day I had thrown it all in the crock pot and it turned out super yummy. My whole family loved it and my husband has been asking me to make more ever since. It’s 22 outside today so it’s sitting in the crock pot for dinner. I put it on high for the first two hours so I know the beans are fine and then I turn it on low for the rest of the day.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amandar – Great! And I do have a clean recipe for corn bread in my bread section. Enjoy!

  27. Now I just need to find a clean recipe for corn bread

  28. Can I make this in the crockpot?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashleigh – Sure, but it wouldn’t cook for very long. Really, all your doing is warming the beans and steeping the spices. Maybe two hours on low, I would guess. I would also sauté the onions first if you go that route. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on the flavor they impart.

  29. Brittany at itsClementime.com says:

    Oh how I love when I come across a recipe that I actually have all of the ingredients for. Especially love that it’s made with vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. I can whip that up real quick with the veggie pieces I have in the freezer. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brittany – Fantastic! Let me know how you like it! 🙂

  30. I’ve had this recipe for over a year and finally made it this week when I only had a few minutes to get supper on the table. It was as simple and tasty as you described, and so were the leftovers we carried for lunch! I will use less broth next time, but otherwise, it was perfect! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  31. Just made this for dinner. It’s delicious! Thank you for this website. I make a recipe at least once a week.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Joan – That’s awesome! Thanks so much, I’m honored to be a presence in your kitchen! 😀

  32. I have tried this recipe as written on the stovetop, with turkey and also in the crock pot. I cooked it all day on low and it was still lovely. The only change I make is adding a can of jalapenos and tomatoes because I like chili to be extra spicy. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – Thank you for the feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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