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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3.75 from 31 votes

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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 10 servings, about 1 cup each
Calories 171 kcal
Author BODi


  • 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

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

Nutrition Facts
Habanero Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 cup not including pasta)
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Sodium 696mg30%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Container Equivalents
½ Green
½ Red
1 Yellow

2B Mindset Plate It!
Add a side salad or veggies to make a great dinner option for the vegan plan. For non-vegans, add a side salad or veggies for lunch.

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