Vegetable White Bean Chili

04/21/2014 Recipes

Looking for a vegetarian chili recipe? We've got you covered! Try our hearty, flavorful option tonight.


Great Northern beans rinsed and soaked overnight.

  • ½ cup Great Northern beans, rinsed and soaked overnight in water
  • 2 to 6 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon ghee* or olive oil
  • ½ cup leeks or onions, chopped
  • 1 Anaheim diced mild chili, canned or freshly roasted, seeds removed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • ½ cup washed, fresh spinach
  • ½ cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ⅛ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup cubed smoked chicken or turkey breast (optional)


  • Drain the soaked beans and place in a soup pot with the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at a low, rolling boil until the beans are tender.
  • Heat the ghee in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the leek, chilies, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and coriander.
  • If you are using ground turkey, add it now. Sauté for 3 minutes, then add the carrots and the tomatoes. If you are using smoked poultry or sausage, add it now. Simmer this mixture for 5 to 7 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add the zucchini during the last 2 minutes.
  • When the beans are almost tender, add the vegetable mixture to the soup pot.
  • Stir in the spinach and corn. Continue to simmer another 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and cilantro.

Nutritional Facts Per 1-cup serving, without optional meat

  • Calories 364
  • Total fat 4.2
  • Saturated fat 0.5
  • Carbohydrates 53.2g
  • Protein 28.0g

Serving Information

  • Serves 2
  • Prep 1h 45m
  • Cook 45m
  • Total Time 2h 30m
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This recipe was taken from The Chopra Center Cookbook, which is based on the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda. All Ayurvedic recipes focus on creating balance and supporting the body's natural state of health. To learn more about Ayurveda and achieving optimal mind-body health, explore our Perfect Health and Journey into Healing workshops.Read more