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Smoky Jack Vegan Chili Recipe

In the first place, a great chili recipe is about combining rich flavors and spices. Even though, meat juices are a key component in traditional recipes, this vegan chili recipe delivers the same great taste. Find out how.

Crock Pot Vegan Chili

Above all, chili recipes should be slow cooked in order to maximize flavor, especially vegan recipes. In order to infuse the rich chili flavors, jackfruit requires a lengthy cooking period. For this reason, our jackfruit chili recipe is tailor-made for the crock pot.

What is Jackfruit?

Roughly speaking, Jackfruit is a popular substitute for meat in many recipes, namely Jackfruit vegetarian burgers. As a result, we chose Jackfruit for our vegan chili recipe. Another key point is Jackfruit is a natural ingredient requiring very little processing, unlike other meat substitutes. Its’ rising popularity within the vegan community is due to its’ ability to absorb flavors such as mesquite or miso. We chose to buy unseasoned jackfruit from Edward & Sons on Amazon.

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…it will quickly earn a valued place in your pantry. Imagine what you can create with a fruit that performs like meat.

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Smoky Jack Vegan Chili Recipe

Looking for a Vegan chili recipe that tastes like chili? Look no further. Our award winning Smoky Jackfruit chili will amaze even the most ardent chili fans. Try it today.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Classic
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 240 kcal


  • 10 oz barbecue Jackfruit
  • 1 can no-salt added black beans (14.5 oz)
  • 1 bell pepper (yellow or orange)
  • 2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (low sodium)
  • 1 white onion (medium)
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp crush red pepper flakes
  • 2 oz vegan chocolate
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee



  • Add more water if you want a thinner sauce.
  • Add more habanero peppers if you want it spicy.
    ( As a lover of spicy chili, I use 4 or 5 peppers )
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Keyword chili, jackfruit, vegan

Veggie chili recipe is born

From time to time, I enter chili competitions and I make it point to taste-test other recipes. As a result, I get to taste a wide variety of chili recipes. For the most part, vegetarian chili recipes in these competitions are lack luster and underwhelming. To put it another way, they suck. For some unknown reason, the cooks forget to create a recipe that looks like, tastes like and embodies the spirit of chili. For this reason, I decided to create a recipe that was both 100% vegan and worthy of being called chili.

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Secret ingredients

Generally speaking, all chili cooks have their “secret ingredients” and this recipe is no exception. Smokey Jackfruit chili includes coffee, red miso and vegan chocolate. You will have trust us on this point but these ingredients make a huge difference. In fact, I am willing to say this is what impresses the judges, even though they are often unaware of these three ingredients. Regardless, I judge by the smiles on the faces of my guests.


The first thing to remember is I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian. On the other hand, I am a chili lover. With this in mind, I set out on a culinary journey to create great vegan chili. Specifically, vegan chili that is worthy of the name “chili”. In a word, I succeeded. Moreover, Jackfruit chili is a nutritional powerhouse. Low in calories due to the meatless aspect, high in fiber and packed with essential vitamins from the vegetable ingredients. Enjoy our Smokey Jackfruit chili recipe.

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6 thoughts on “Smoky Jack Vegan Chili Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Awesome idea. Love the idea of using Jackfruit chunks to make chili. A little too spicy for my taste. I didn’t use any peppers and still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. That is a decent question. How can you tell whether it tastes good or not just from viewing it on a website? So Keirsten I will try to verbally describe the taste. First, is the smell. The chili smells beefy, bold and rich as it cooks. That beefy, tomatoey, brothy, spicy smell permeates the kitchen. That is one reason I love to cook this in a slow cooker. Now, for the taste. With the first spoonful you taste a beautiful musky taste coming from the cumin powder and a rich broth taste coming from the tomatoes and broth. Then the spices “kick in” and there is a momentary spicy burn in your mouth. Followed by a bold savory taste created by the combination of coffee and miso. All in all, this recipe tastes every bit as good as great chili recipes.

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