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Vegan White Bean Cheezy Chili

  • Author: Shannon Leparski
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chili


Vegan White Bean Cheesy Chili. Healthy, plant based, spicy and warming vegan chili for a cold day, topped with vegan cheese!


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium-sized turnips, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups worth; can sub potatoes, cauliflower or rutabaga)
  • 1 large zucchini, cubed
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can organic sweet corn
  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch + 2 tablespoons hot water (can sub arrowroot starch or cornstarch, to thicken)
  • 1 15 ounce can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 15 ounce can great northern white beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 cup Daiya Cutting Board Collection Shreds in Pepperjack or Cheddar Style (or more, to taste)


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until fragrant and soft. Add in the jalapeño, garlic and a good pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the turnips and zucchini and cook 4-7 minutes, to soften slightly. Next add in the tomatoes, corn, green chiles and vegetable broth. Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the turnips are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the tapioca starch with water until it’s smooth with no clumps. Pour it into the pot and mix. It will gradually help to thicken the chili.
  4. Now, add in the remaining beans, spices and cheese, simmer for 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat.
  5. Top with extra Daiya cheese, crushed tortillas cheese, avocado or salsa!
  6. Serve and enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 5

Keywords: Vegan, vegan three bean chili, vegan white bean chili, white bean, chili, cheesy, cheezy, daiya, vegan cheese, Dairy Free, Spicy, Bean Chili, vegetarian, winter

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