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What's for Dinner? #2 Tortilla Chili & Salad

Despite what many of the articles online say, you have to like cooking at least a little bit to maintain a plant-based lifestyle. Otherwise, you'll spend tons of money on processed vegan food, veggie burrito bowls from Chipotle, and take-out from Whole Foods.

Since my first video in the What's for Dinner? series did so well, I've decided to do more videos with that same format.

A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to put together a chili using my slow cooker but forgot to soak the black beans. Oops.  I had a large can of black beans on hand, so I put everything in my stock pot and it came out fabulously! 


I served it up with a salad and dinner was ready.  This recipe makes a perfect mid-week dinner idea.

Print and share the full recipe below.

This time around I didn't have music playing in background while filming the video recipe.  Instead, I watched Teen Witch on Youtube.  Of course if I had to pick a song, it would be "Top That"-one of the best scenes from the movie.


Tortilla Chili

Tortilla Chili

by Brown Vegan

Ingredients (5 Servings)

  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, to saute onion & garlic
  • 1 tsp chili paste
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 24 oz can black beans
  • 24 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ½ cups tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste, if necessary


Using the olive oil, saute the onion and garlic in a stock pot on medium heat until soft. Add in chili paste and cumin-stirring until evenly coated. Next add in the drained beans, diced tomatoes (include the juice), cover and bring to a boil.

Next, add in vegetable broth, corn and tortilla chips. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Finally, stir in cilantro and enjoy!

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