Vegan Habanero Chili
Vegan Habanero Chili

This hot, flavorful habanero chili is so tasty, even meat eaters will love it. It’s made with seitan, a vegan meat-alternative that crumbles just like ground beef, and absorbs the spicy flavors of the sauce.

The recipe makes a whopping 10 servings, making it perfect for this week’s meal prep and several more dinners in the future, just freeze the remaining portions.

If you find habanero too spicy, you can substitute with jalapeño or bell pepper.

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Vegan Habanero Chili
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Vegan Habanero Chili

Even meat eaters will love this spicy Vegan Habanero Chili made with seitan, which crumbles just like ground beef and absorbs the flavors of the sauce.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings, about 1 cup each
Calories 171 kcal
Author Openfit


  • 2 lbs. seitan
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 habanero chile seeded and deveined, chopped (use gloves to handle)
  • 1 tsp. ground chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground paprika
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt to taste; optional
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans do not drain
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans do not drain
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped


  1. Place seitan in food processor; pulse until it has the consistency of ground beef. Set aside.
  2. Heat large skillet, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until transluscent.
  4. Add garlic, habanero, and seitan; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until seitan is golden brown.
  5. Add chili powder, paprika, salt (if desired), and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 additional minutes.
  6. Add black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture is heated through.

Recipe Notes

  • If the habanero chile is too spicy for you, substitute it with a jalapeno.
  • Serve chili on top of cooked whole grain pasta (½ cup). Any remaining chili can be frozen to be reheated at a later time.

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Habanero Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 cup not including pasta)
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Sodium 696mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 20g 40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.