A bowl full of vegan bean & lentil chili topped with sour cream, cilantro, tortilla chips, and jalapeño.

Freezer Meal: Vegan Lentil & Bean Chili

  • Author: Laurel
  • Cook Time: 4-8 hours
  • Total Time: 4-8 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup


Hearty and healthy Vegan Lentil & Bean Chili can be stashed in your freezer and come to diner’s rescue in the crockpot. This easy recipe is packed with pinto beans, lentils, veggies, and big flavor. Naturally gluten free!



For freezing:

  • 1 (15) oz. can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (15) oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color you’d like), diced
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

For cooking:

  • 3 cups water


Freeze the chili:

  1. Add all the ingredients, except the water) into a zip top bag and stash in the freezer.

Make the chili:

  1. Add the contents of the freezer bag to a large slow cooker. Add in the water and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Serve with all the toppings your heart desires!