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Bowl of Easy Bean Chili Verde

Easy Bean Chili Verde

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Stew, Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


A delicious vegan twist, this Easy Bean Chili Verde is comforting, hearty, and full of zesty, tangy flavor!



Base Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 – [ 4.5 oz. can ] chopped green chiles *
  • 1 – [ 16 oz. jar ] Salsa Verde *
  • ½ cups water
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 2 Tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon cashew butter *
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 – [ 15 oz. cans ] cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (divided) *
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda (optional) *

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon cumin (+/-) *
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano (+/-) *
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch to ½ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *

Serving Ideas:

  • Baked potato
  • Steamed rice
  • Tortilla chips
  • Avocado chunks


  1. Place the Spice/Herb Ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, set aside.
  2. In a large ceramic/enamel-lined Dutch oven or similar stock pot, add the diced onions; sauté over medium heat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 9 minutes.  Add a couple of tablespoons or so of water if they start to stick and/or to prevent burning.
  3. Add the minced garlic, sauté for one minute.
  4. Add all remaining Base Ingredients and Spice/Herb mix, stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer.  Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, drain and rinse the cannellini beans, then remove ¾ cup of cannellini beans and set aside to mash. Place the ¾ cup of cannellini beans in a small bowl and mash them to create a paste. This will be stirred into the chili to thicken it.
  6. After 10 minutes, add all the Other Ingredients (including both the whole and mashed cannellini beans), stir well.  Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the stove.
  7. Allow to sit for 5 minutes undisturbed to allow the flavors to marry. Serve over a baked potato, with steam rice or cornbread, or accompanied with tortilla chips and/or avocado chunks or vegan sour cream.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Servings: 4-5