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Vegan Pumpkin Chili
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5 from 2 votes

15-Minute Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Discover how to make a hearty autumn-inspired pumpkin chili that can be made in 15 minutes! This chili is so easy and SO delicious.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: gluten-free, plant based, vegan
Keyword: Pumpkin Spiced, Vegan Chili
Servings: 6 bowls


  • 15 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 c. water (474 ml)
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup (45 ml)
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne for medium spice - 1/4 tsp. or more for spicy for mild, leave out entirely.
  • Optional toppings: chopped chives, chopped pecans, chopped red or white onion, chopped avocado, pumpkin seeds


  • First, drain and thoroughly rinse both the kidney and black beans.  Then, place them in a bowl and completely cover the beans with water.  This soaking process will help with "bean digestibility," which is something we can all use a little help with from time to time.... right?  Set this bowl aside for now.
  • Next, in a 3 or 5 quart pot, add the pumpkin, diced tomatoes, water, maple syrup and all of the spices. Stir well.
  • Drain and rinse the beans one more time and then add them to the pot, as well.
  • Place your pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium high.  Bring the chili to a rapid boil.  Once it reaches that point, it's ready to be served.
  • Enjoy the chili as is, or top with your favorite chili toppings.  Mine are chopped pecans and chives... mmm...mm!



  • Make sure you buy canned pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling!
  • For thicker chili, allow your chili to simmer for an extra 10-15 minutes.
  • Check the expiration dates on your spices as they tend to lose flavor past their expiration dates.