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Vegetarian Chili served in a white bowl garnished with jalapeños avocado and green onions
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Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

This Vegetarian Chili is smoky, hearty, rich and spicy made with 3 types of beans, packed with veggies ready in 30 minutes in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword instant pot vegetarian chili, three bean chilli
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 82kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml



Instant Pot Method:

  • Press SAUTE. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add minced garlic and onions and saute till the onions are soft and translucent.
    step to saute onions and garlic collage
  • Press CANCEL and add bell peppers, zucchini, carrot, diced tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, broth or water, and spices.
    Stir to combine, deglaze the pot ie make sure there is no food particle sticking to the pot to avoid burn alerts.
    step to add all veggies beans collage
  • Close the lid on the pot. Cook on "Manual/Pressure Cook" (HIGH) pressure for 8 minutes. Once the pot beeps, Immediately release the pressure.
  • Add fresh coriander leaves, lime Juice. Stir well to combine.
    vegetarian chili in instant pot insert garnished with cilantro
  • Three Bean Vegetarian Chili is ready to serve.

Stovetop Pot Method:

  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil, add minced garlic, onions and saute till the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Then add jalapeño, bell pepper, zucchini, and carrots. Sauté until soft about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, broth, and spices.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover the lid and let it simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  • Lastly add fresh cilantro, lime Juice. Stir well to combine. Three Bean Vegetarian Chili is ready to serve. Garnish with green onions, avocado bites, tortilla strips.



I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT


  • Other Vegetables: You can other veggies like chopped celery, sweet potato, pumpkin, sweet corn, etc.
  • Beans: Mix and match beans to whatever you have on hand, or you like.
  • Quinoa: You can also add ½ cup of uncooked quinoa to this recipe to add more protein and make it filling.
  • Spicy: Add little cayenne pepper to make spicy vegetarian chili.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3870IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg