This white chili is delicious and so easy to make! It comes together quickly for a hearty weeknight dinner that everyone will love. This creamy vegetarian white chili is sure to be a hit with your whole family! PS- You can add meat if you’d like, but you won’t miss it!
There are two things I love, one is a warm hearty meal that is perfect for a chilly day, and the second is a dinner that is quick and easy to make.
So that, my friend, is why I love this white chili. All it requires is a little chopping, opening some cans, and a bit of simmering and you’ve got a delicious hearty, comforting dinner that your whole family is going to love!
Now, this version is a vegetarian white chili, it is made with white beans that provide a heartiness that is perfect but with a few simple variations, you can make a meat-filled or vegan version!
This is also not a super spicy chili, if you like it with a little more kick you can always add more chili powder and cumin to spice it up a bit!
How do I make a vegan version of this white chili?
This vegetarian version uses cream cheese as a way to create a creamy base. To make a vegan option you can either skip the cream cheese altogether which will result in a chili that is totally delicious but not as creamy. Or you can use a vegan version of cream cheese, the ones I have tried work beautifully.
Can I add meat to this white chili?
If you want to go the opposite direction and make this vegetarian white chili not so vegetarian, you can cook add meat. My boys have added it to theirs before. If you cook it separately this is a great dish if you have both vegetarians and non-vegetarians in your family. Or if everyone would like the meat option you can add it to the whole pot. I recommend either cooked, cubed chicken breast, ground chicken or ground turkey. You’ll want to cook and season it separately and add it to the chili when you add the beans. About 2 cups of meat should be just the right amount, and you’ll want to add another cup of broth.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this Vegetarian White Chili-
4 Cups Vegetable Broth (or chicken broth if not vegetarian)
2- tsp Diced Garlic
3- Cans White Beans
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 -Brick Cream Cheese – cut into chunks
2- Red or Yellow Bell Peppers – diced
1 -Onion – diced
2 – Cans Sweet Corn
1/2 tsp- Ground Cloves
1 1/2 tsp – Chili Powder (more if you like a spicier chili)
1 1/2 tsp -Cumin
2 Tbsp.- Maple Syrup
In the bottom of a large stockpot heat your olive oil over medium heat. Add in your onions, peppers and garlic.
Saute over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent and the pepper is beginning to soften.
Add in broth, cloves, chili powder, cumin, beans and corn. Stir until well mixed.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 10- 15 minutes.
Add your maple syrup and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is melted and well incorporated. Simmer a few minutes until heated evenly.
Now it’s ready to eat! It is delicious with some cornbread, with tortilla chips crunched on top, a sprinkle of shredded cheese or just how it is!
This is one of our favorites for busy nights, and I’m sure your family will love it too!