We’ve been having a real winter this holiday season. We recently had a blizzard that accumulated over 12 inches of snow. Just in two days. So to say that winter foods are in the rotation would be an understatement. This warm vegan lentil and bean salsa chili is hearty and delicious to keep you warm on a cold day. 

Easy meatless vegan bean chili with corn and peppers

I’d been craving some good soup, but the thing with most soups is that I don’t feel satisfied after eating. Usually after a bowl of soup, I’m ready for a meal, but with this chili the soup is the meal. It does go great with crackers, cheez-its, or even nachos. I have had it with cheese nachos or even just tortilla chips. If you want to skip the sides, top it with whatever you like (shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, you name it, and enjoy. The salsa adds a lot of flavor to this delicious chili recipe. 

Closeup of best easy vegan salsa lentil and bean chili

What you’ll love about this vegan lentil and bean salsa chili?

  • It’s vegan. Though you may not know it, it is a vegan dish. Take this to a chili cook-off and you may fool the meat-lovers.
  • Hearty. This dish will leave you feeling satisfied. Don’t worry about being hungry after dinner, this is extremely filling.
  • Delicious. With all the spices and salsa to give it flavor, it’s got great flavor. 
  • Meal prep friendly. This batch makes about 6 servings. Excellent for meal prep. If you want to really make a lot, double the recipe!
  • It’s easy to make. Once you sauté the onion, jalapeño, and red pepper, it is all a dump and go. This doesn’t require babysitting like many other dishes do.
Closeup of vegan lentil bean meatless chili

How to make this vegan salsa chili?

  1. Sauté onion, jalapeño, and red pepper in olive oil. This can be done in the instant pot, or in a large stock pot or pan on the stove top. Let them get soft and the onion should be translucent.
    1. If making this in a slow cooker, than transfer the cooked vegetables to the slow cooker now. If using stove top, than continue using your stock pot. The instant pot will all be done in the same pot as well.
    2. In the instant pot, continue to use the sauté mode until all ingredients are added. At that point, cancel and change to slow cook mode.
  2. Add the tomato, tomato sauce, spices, and salsa. Mix in well.
  3. Then add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling (if using the slow cooker, it won’t boil but make sure it’s steaming) add the lentils. Allow them to cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Check they are mostly tender. It may take a bit longer in the slow cooker. 
  5. Next add the corn and beans. Cover the pot and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Check that the lentils are soft prior to serving. 
  6. Enjoy!
Easy lentil and bean vegan chili

If you’re looking for another soup recipe, check out this creamy vegan tomato soup with fresh basil. Personally I love soup and it’s great for meal prep, especially with a family. You can also freeze half of these if you want to save some for later, or you live alone and can’t eat it all. We used to do that with large recipes and it works great. You never know what you’ll find in the freezer. 🙂

Best hearty easy vegan lentil bean slowcooker chili

Best Vegan Lentil and Bean Salsa Chili

This vegan lentil and bean salsa chili is a delicious recipe that can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop. It’ contains lentils, beans, corn, and a hit of flavor from a secret ingredient – salsa. Make this for your next chili cook-off. Also great for meal prep. Gluten-free. This can be made in an instant pot, on the stove top, or in a slow cooker for your convenience. It’s made in less than an hour so you can have dinner ready after work.
4.66 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 cup lentils (red or yellow)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 can of black beans (15 oz)
  • 1 can of corn (15 oz)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • cayenne pepper (optional for extra heat)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In the instant pot or stove top, heat olive oil. Add red pepper, onion, and jalapeño. Saute for about 5 minutes until onion is browned. If using a slow cooker, you’ll need to brown the red pepper, onion, and jalapeño on the stove top first.
  • Add the spices (chili powder, paprika, coriander cumin. Also add salt and pepper.
  • Add the tomato, tomato sauce, salsa, and vegetable broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the lentils and cook for 15-20 minutes (the yellow/brown lentils will need longer than the red variety). Check they’re mostly tender.
  • Mix in the can of black beans and the corn. Cook this for an additional 20 minutes. Make sure to cover the pot to retain the steam.
  • Dish up and serve with crackers, cheese, chips, or by itself.
  • Left overs can be kept in the fridge for 5 days, or frozen for 2 months.


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 12gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1006mgPotassium: 994mgFiber: 15gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2726IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 5mg
Keyword lentil and bean chili, salsa chili, vegan chili, vegan salsa chili
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    Just made this myself, amazing and very tasty!

  3. Harry D February 9, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I’m new to the vegan thing and wasn’t sure if this would be good, but wow tasted great. Thanks!

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  15. Laura October 20, 2020 at 6:51 am

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing! Salsa is a great addition.

  16. Lashay B November 6, 2020 at 10:00 am

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  17. Ava December 19, 2020 at 2:04 am

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  18. Gina December 26, 2020 at 1:48 am

    5 stars
    Hi there, thank you for sharing this recipe, I’ve bookmarked to make it again.

  19. Vicky January 13, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    5 stars
    Bean and lentil salsa chili was great, we meal prepped and ate it for several days last week!

  20. Alaina January 24, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    5 stars
    Really enjoyed this chili and never thought to add salsa before. But it was SO good. Really added a nice twist on the classic dish. Thanks!

  21. Vielda February 9, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    5 stars
    Such a cool recipe. I’ve never tried salsa chili, but it’s a great way to add flavor.

  22. Corrine February 16, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    5 stars

  23. Trudy March 6, 2021 at 6:56 am

    4 stars
    Delicious recipe, salsa is a great addition.


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