This low carb vegan chili with lupini beans is a hearty dish full of flavour. Low in carbs and high in protein this spicy chili is great for a cold evening.
Easy Lupini Beans Recipe
Traditional chili recipes have kidney beans but this keto vegetarian chili recipe uses lupini beans instead. Being a low carb vegetarian or vegan can be a challenge as most beans or legumes are too high in carbs.
Hemp seed hearts were added to this low carb vegan chili in place of any meat substitute. I enjoy using them and they have a great nutritional value. I also like how they looked in the chili without overpowering the taste of the spice. Cauliflower rice is also a good substitute.
How to make a low carb vegan chili
Chili recipes can vary with spices and vegetables so feel free to take this recipe as a base and add your own personal twist.
I used lupini beans from a jar for ease of use but you will need to remove their skins before cooking. I found that they did not take on the taste of a chili like a kidney bean would but still played their part in a keto chili.
Are lupini beans keto?
Lupini beans are a great low carb substitute for beans and legumes in keto vegetarian cooking. The carb content seems to vary by brands. I used a brand called Flora which listed the net carbs at 1g per cup. Another bonus for the keto vegan & vegetarian is the protein content of this bean.
Increase the chili powder and spices for your own taste.
Black soy beans can be substituted for the lupini beans
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Keto Vegan Chili with Lupini Beans
- 1 medium onion peeled & chopped
- 5 medium celery sticks chopped in slices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic peeled & chopped
- 1 cup hemp hearts
- 2 cups lupini beans
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
Prepare the Lupini Beans
- Remove the beans from the jar and rinse thoroughly.
- Drain the beans and remove the skins. Pop them like peas!
Cook the chili
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat. Add the celery and onion and cook for 4 minutes.
- Add in the garlic, jalapeno, cinnamon, chili powder and cumin and stir for another 2 minutes.
- Add the bell peppers and lupini beans and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and hemp hearts. Bring the chili to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve with avocado and cilantro.