Roasted Four-Pepper Chili (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I officially saw the thermometer dip into the forties this weekend, so that means it’s time to make soup! Specifically, chili & cornbread – one of my very favorite winter meals. Woot!

Close up of a bowl of roasted four-pepper chili on a purple table cloth.

I know, I know. You guys are laughing at me because to me, temps in the forties mean winter. It’s sad. I know. But for us living on California’s central coast, we get excited about anything remotely resembling winter. Like forties.

Top down view of two ceramic, black bowls full of vegan roasted four-pepper chili sitting on a purple table cloth. A wedge of cornbread sits on a white, porcelain plate sitting to the left.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I don’t think I’ve ever made the same chili twice. I usually don’t work off of a recipe – I just kind of throw things in a pot and do lots of taste tests. This time, as we were doing our weekly grocery shopping, I had a brilliant idea to blacken peppers under a broiler first, then put them in the chili.

Oblique view of black, porcelain bowl full vegan roasted four-pepper chili. A second bowl is in the background.

I normally include just one bell pepper or jalapeno in my chilis, but I really wanted them to shine here. So, I went all out and used 5 peppers total! Holy moly.

Top down view of a human hand spooning a bite out of a bowl containing roasted four-pepper chili.

I also made some vegan cornbread to go with this chili, because I honestly can’t make chili without cornbread. That’s just heresy. All you do is roast one extra jalapeno when you’re roasting the peppers for the chili, and prepare the batter while the peppers roast.

Top down view of a bowl of vegan roasted four pepper chili with a slice of jalapeno cornbread.

Once they are cooled a bit, you can peel & chop your jalapeno, stir it all together, then pop it in the oven! It can be a bit hectic if you’re trying to make the chili & cornbread at the same time, but I think you guys can do it. If I can, you can. I have faith!

So, come back here tomorrow for that cornbread recipe, and get excited for a hot winter meatless meal everyone will love!

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Close up of a bowl of vegan roasted four-pepper chili. A chunk of yellow cornbread is visible in the background.

Roasted Four-Pepper Chili (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


A unique twist on chili using four types of roasted peppers: poblanos, Anaheim, jalapeño, and bell. Perfect for a cold fall or winter night!


  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper*
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled & diced into 1 cm chunks
  • 2 cans small red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Place the whole peppers on a baking sheet under a hot oven broiler and cook for 7 minutes, or until blackened. Remove from the oven, turn the peppers over with tongs, and broil for another 7 minutes or so, until blackened again.
  2. Remove the sheet from the oven and cover with a damp kitchen towel for about 10 minutes, until they have cooled sufficiently (the towel makes them easier to peel).
  3. When cool, peel the skin from each of the peppers and discard. Cut the top from the peppers and pull out the seeds and pith. You can rinse the peppers under cool water to remove any additional seeds or skin.
  4. Mince the jalapeño and roughly chop the poblano, anaheim, and bell peppers. Set aside.
  5. While the peppers are roasting, start the chili. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sweet potato and cook until the onion starts to brown and the potato tarts to soften, about 6-7 minutes.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, water, and the roasted & chopped peppers and stir together. Add the spices, sugar, tomato paste, and salt and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and let simmer 15 minutes or so (or longer if needed), then serve.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Soups and Stews
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Keywords: vegan, chili, peppers, gluten-free, meatless

What about you? How do you make your chili? Give us your best tips in the comments below and if you made and loved this version, please give it a good rating!

If this recipe tooted your fruit, you’ll find that these tickle your tummy:

Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on October 20th, 2014. Last updated: January 6, 2023 at 10:01 am.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Raquel Smith

Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now merged into Foodal).

5 thoughts on “Roasted Four-Pepper Chili (Vegan & Gluten-Free)”

  1. I don’t think the ad, I presume it is an ad, for beef stock belongs with a vegan recipe. There are veggie broths that will add flavor vs. water. At the end of the recipe, in a red block, it said “Add more flavor with Swanson Beef Broth”. Some may think that is part of the recipe, vs. an advertisement. It is unfair to the author of the recipe to suggest such a thing be added to a vegan meal.

    • Robin, thank you very much for your feedback. I will request that the advertising network remove that from my site immediately. Have you had a chance to try the soup? It is really good, and definitely doesn’t need any beef broth!

    • Robin, you clearly don’t understand how Google Ads work. They base their ads off of general topics. It was not like Raquel purposely placed the add there. It is also based off of what you are searching, and that is how Google will show certain advertisements too.


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