Vegan Creamy Chili Soup

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You can tell our household enjoys any bowl of soup at any given time. I grew up being fed by my grandma all sorts of soup whenever I get sick or just when I craved for it. Here is a twist to a classic dish, chili soup! Of course you can cook and season your way but if you’re looking to spice it up, why not make it creamy? I mean cashew-creamy.


One of the mainstays in vegan food as far as cream goes are cashews. Milky when blended, you can whip hundred and one ways to make your dish as creamy as you desire. I’ve made cheesecakes, alfredo sauce, cream of mushroom, to name a few out of these humble and nutrition-packed nuts (read: a beginner’s guide on how to shop vegan groceries).

4.5 from 4 votes
Creamy Vegan Chili Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Comfort food with a twist. This chili is packed with flavor. Leftovers can be frozen and ready to heat during colder days ahead!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: creamy chili soup, vegan chili
Servings: 4 people
Author: thefabzilla
  • 1 cup black beans optional (soaked overnight, cook until tender)
  • 1 cup red beans optional (soaked overnight, cook until tender)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cashews (raw, unsalted)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp dry basil
  • 1 tbsp everyday seasonings
  • 1 cup rotini pasta gluten-free (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chili flakes for extra heat optional
Cashew cream
  1. In a blender, blend cashews and 1 cup water. 

    If thicker consistency is desired, add more cashews. Note that when it’s heated and mixed with other ingredients, cashew cream will thicken

Chili Soup
  1. In a pan, mix red and black beans, tomato sauce, vegetable broth and black olives. 

    Once it simmers, add rotini pasta. Stir.

    Add cumin powder, seasonings, dry basil, salt and pepper to taste.

    Add cashew cream.

    Cook until pasta is al dente. For extra heat, top with chili flakes (optional)

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  1. September 19, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe, Kath! This looks delicious! I am going to email myself this recipe, and will give it a try when it gets a little colder!

    • thefabzilla
      September 19, 2018 / 9:04 am

      Thanks much. Feel free to season your way

  2. September 19, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    This makes me crave a bowl of my husband’s chili!!! Mmmmm.

  3. 25 Sweetpeas
    September 19, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Creamy always makes things better since I’m not a huge soup person!

    • thefabzilla
      September 19, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      I think you’re going to love this then

  4. September 19, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    I make something very similar to this, but adding cashews is a great idea!

  5. September 19, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Book marking! LOVE chili soup during the fall (even though it’s still hot). A bowl of soup is perfect for those cozy nights.

    • thefabzilla
      September 19, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Mahalo! Feel free to tweak and season your way

  6. September 19, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    Oh wow this sounds amazing for fall weather!

  7. Jen Walker
    September 19, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    I’ve never thought to grind cashews (or nuts in general) to add to soup, but this sounds delightful! It’s still too warm for soups around here, but I am keeping this recipe to try out when it cools down more!

    • thefabzilla
      September 20, 2018 / 12:24 am

      Anything you want creamy without dairy, cashews are the answer

  8. September 20, 2018 / 12:12 am

    Looks hearty and delicious and I think I’d like some right now!

  9. September 20, 2018 / 3:15 am

    What a great sounding (and easy!) recipe.

  10. MarciaF
    September 20, 2018 / 7:50 am

    I love to make chili but I’ve never added pasta into it. I’ll have to do that the next time to give it more substance.

  11. Lacquerexpression
    September 20, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    This sounds like a great vegetarian alternative. And I will need to try the cashew cream for sure!

  12. September 22, 2018 / 3:37 am

    I never thought about using cashews for a cream! This is great for my upcoming potluck!

  13. September 24, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    This looks delicious!!! It certainly doesn’t look Vegan so I think I could pass this buy a few picky eaters!

  14. September 24, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Yumm! That soup looks absolutely scrumptious!

  15. Madhubani
    September 24, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    Yumm yummm yummmmmmm.. This looks delicious.. I have never added cashews to my soup, but this is a great idea. Gonna try for sure 🙂 Thanks for sharing

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