Easy Chipotle Chili

Refried beans and tomatoes provide a thick base to this easy vegetarian chili. Frozen vegetables keep prep to a minimum. Enchilada sauce and chipotle peppers in adobo work as a "chili starter" with lots of flavor and spices built in. This recipe uses part of a can of refried beans—serve the rest alongside eggs for breakfast, use them in a taco for lunch or add them to a dip for chips anytime. This healthy chili also keeps well in the fridge or freezer.

Easy Chipotle Chili (vegetarian, using canned veg/beans)
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 cups unsalted vegetable broth

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium vegetarian refried beans

  • ½ cup red enchilada sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 2 (10 ounce) bags frozen mixed vegetables

  • 1 (10 ounce) bag frozen corn

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  1. Whisk broth, crushed tomatoes, refried beans, enchilada sauce and chipotle together in a large pot. Add kidney beans, black beans, frozen mixed vegetables, frozen corn, garlic powder, onion powder and salt; stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until the chili has thickened slightly, 12 to 15 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and vinegar.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
5g Fat
60g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 2/3 cups
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 17g 61%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 2028IU 41%
Sodium 482mg 21%
Potassium 734mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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