Fall has officially begun which means the nights come sooner, are chillier, and require warm and satisfying meals! Chilis and soups are perfect for those nights when you just want to cozy up on your couch with a dish that warms your hands just from holding the bowl. That’s right, it’s time to bid farewell to light, refreshing, raw, and chilled summer soups and time to introduce some comfort food into our weekly dinner rotations.
The good thing, is enjoying a hearty chili or soup doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen. Nowadays, you can find vegan chilis made with beans and textured vegetable protein and all sorts of filling soups without any dairy, and better yet, you can order them online! From bean-based soups and chunky vegetable stews to dense chilis, there are all sorts of options out there, no matter what your taste is. Here are 15 we think you should check out.
Sierra Soups: French Style 5 Bean
Bean soup, in general, is pretty filling, so you can only imagine how hearty Sierra Soups: French Style 5 Bean is. This gluten-free product is made with black eyed peas, split peas, baby limas, lentils, dehydrated vegetables (carrots, celery, bell peppers), hydrolyzed soy protein, and spices. According to Sierra Soups, this product can be enjoyed as is, or can be supplemented with any additional vegetables you’d like to include. You can either cook this on stove top or in a crock pot. Reviewers are saying that this soup is is excellent, easy-to-make, satisfying, and a good way to “clean out the fridge” and use up any vegetables before they spoil. Reviewers also share that this soup freezes well. You can get two 18-ounce bags (16-30 servings worth) for about $40, that’s about $1 per serving.
Fantastic World Foods Vegetarian Chili
Fantastic World Foods Vegetarian Chili is a low-fat, vegan chili mix consisting primarily of textured soy protein, dehydrated vegetables (tomatoes, onions, garlic, red bell peppers, celery, jalapeño peppers), corn meal, barley flakes, soy sauce powder, and spices. To enjoy this product, you simply have to add tomatoes and beans. Each serving has six grams worth of soy protein. Reviewers are saying that this product is flavorful, easy-to-make, and perfect for topping nacho chips, stuffing in savory pies, or enjoying on a bed of rice. You can get 12 6.4-ounce boxes for a little over $50.
Boulder Organic! Garden Minestrone Soup
Boulder Organic! Garden Minestrone Soup is a non-GMO and gluten-free soup made with filtered water, and the following organic ingredients: tomatoes, potatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans, carrots, onions, peas, zucchini, tomato paste, vegetable broth, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, spices, and potato starch. Each eight-ounce serving (three servings per container) provides three grams of protein, three grams of fiber, 50 percent of your daily vitamin A, 30 percent of your vitamin C, eight percent of your ion, and four percent for calcium. Reviewers are saying that this product is very flavorful (lots of chunky vegetables), tastes homemade, and is healthy. To try it out, you can get one 24-ounce tub for $5.
Amy’s Organic Chili
Amy’s Organic Chili is a hearty, shelf-stable product made from filtered water and the following organic ingredients: red beans, onions, tofu, soy beans, bell pepper, sweet rice flour, safflower and/or sunflower oil, garlic, spices, and jalapeño. One cup of this chili provides 16 grams of protein, nine grams of fiber, and 20 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this chili is a great organic option, is very flavorful and satisfying (although not particularly spicy), and is great for when you want an easy-to-assemble meal. One reviewer even said this was the healthiest canned vegan chili on the market. To see how you feel, you can get a pack of 12 14.7-ounce cans for $32.
Lotus Foods Rice Ramen
Miso soup is a very light soup, but can easily be transformed with the inclusion of noodles. Take Lotus Foods Rice Ramen, for example. This gluten-free soup uses a miso base, but is much heartier since it contains brown and rice flour ramen, bamboo, and sea weed. Each serving (half the package) provides three grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this noodle soup is an easy meal, can easily be bulked up even more with veggies and soy protein, and is flavorful (as long as you’re not expecting it to be as salty as Cup of Ramen). You can get a pack of 10 2.8-ounce packages (20 servings) for about $17.
Cooksimple Cowboy Chili
Cooksimple Cowboy Chili is an easy dinner. All you need to enjoy this product is a can of tomatoes, a pot, and a stove. The gluten, corn, nut, and soy free mix is made primarily from quinoa, black beans, zucchini, and spinach. Reviewers report adding extra protein to it, adding a bit of seasoning to spice it up, and even cooking it with beer. If you want to try putting your own culinary flair to it, you can purchase one six-ounce box for $9.
Imagine Foods Garden Tomato Creamy Soup
For a low-sodium soup that is still satisfying, consider checking out Imagine Foods Garden Tomato Creamy Soup. This gluten-free and non-GMO soup is made from filtered water and the following organic ingredients: tomato paste, onions, rice syrup, celery, rice flour, expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or organic sunflower oil, sea salt, organic spices, and organic garlic powder. Each one cup serving of this soup provides two grams of protein and two grams of fiber. Reviewers are saying that this soup packs a lot of flavor, the fact that it is low-sodium is not really detectable, and it is truly thick and creamy with juicy chunks of tomato in it. You can get one 32-ounce package for a little more than $4.50.
Dr. McDoughall’s Right Foods Soup: Chili Bean
Dr. McDoughall’s Right Foods Soup: Chili Bean is a ready-to-eat soup that is made from filtered water, red and black beans, vegetables (tomatoes, onion, chilies, corn, garlic, peppers), starches (corn, potato), natural flavors, 0rganic brown sugar, masa flour, sea salt, spices, lime juice, sesame, oregano, vinegar, and tamari soy sauce. Each serving (half the box) provides seven grams of protein, eight grams of fiber, 20 percent of your daily iron intake, 14 percent of your vitamin A, and 12 percent of your vitamin C. Reviewers are saying that this soup is very tasty and convenient, tastes homemade, and can easily be bulked up with extra tofu (like this reviewer did).
Nile Spice Lentil Soup
Lentil soup may just be the most popular way to consume lentils. And that’s because lentil soup is an easy, protein-rich meal that satisfies hunger quickly. Nile Spice Lentil Soup is made with precooked lentils, dehydrated vegetables (tomato, carrots, potato, spinach, garlic, onions), salt, spices, and a few other ingredients. Each package of this soup provides 11 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, 70 percent of your daily vitamin C, 20 percent of your iron, and 10 percent of your vitamin A. Reviewers are saying that this soup is very hearty and healthy (especially for an instant soup), is low-calorie and low-fat, and is easy-to-make. You can get a pack of 12 1.8-ounce packages for about $17.50.
Pacific Natural Foods Thai Sweet Potato Soup
Bring the Thai flavors that you love home with Pacific Natural Foods Thai Sweet Potato Soup. This gluten-free soup is made with water, sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots, onions, coconut, almond butter, rice flour, corn starch, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, lemongrass, lime, and spices. Each one cup serving of this soup provides three grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and a whopping 140 percent of your daily vitamin A. Reviewers are saying that this soup is delicious and similar to the type of soup that you would get at a Thai restaurant, is creamy (despite the fact that it doesn’t have dairy), and is a medley of bold flavors. Some reviewers, however, do feel that the amount of sodium is a bit high. You can get a pack of 12 17-ounce boxes for $58, that’s a little less than $5 per box.
Healthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup
When it comes to soup, sodium levels and calories can get out of hand pretty fast. That’s where products like Healthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup come in handy. Each one of these microwaveable soups is only 100 calories and provides one full cup of vegetables. Specifically, this soup is made primarily with tomato puree, carrots, celery, corn, potatoes, green zucchini, kidney beans, peas, and green beans. Each one of these soups also provide four grams of protein and 20 percent of your daily vitamin A. Reviewers are saying that this soup tastes homemade even though its microwaveable, is an easy way to get a serving of vegetables, it’s also a convenient option for lunch on-the-go or in the office. You can get a pack of eight 14-ounce soups for about $22.75.
Hormel Vegetarian Chili
Hormel Vegetarian Chili is a 99 percent fat free chili made with water, beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, corn flour, chili powder, textured vegetable protein, and a few other ingredients. Each one cup serving of this chili provides 11 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, 25 percent of your daily vitamin A, and 15 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this chili is very filling, easy to prepare, doesn’t have filler ingredients like some other chilis, and is delicious. Some felt it wasn’t thick enough on its own, and so they bulked it up with rice. To see how you feel, you can get a pack of six 15-ounce cans for $11.25.
Dr. Fuhrman’s Supreme Green Soup
For a less traditional soup, check out Dr. Fuhrman’s Supreme Green Soup. This gluten-free, salt-free, and oil-free soup is made with mustard greens, organic tomatoes, water, kale, raw cashew butter, carrot juice concentrate, potato starch, onion powder, garlic powder, non-GMO corn starch, and black pepper. Each serving of this soup (half of the container) provides eight grams of protein, five grams of fiber, 520 percent of your daily vitamin A, 60 percent of your vitamin C, 20 percent of your calcium, and 20 percent of your iron. Reviewers say that this product isn’t exactly bursting with flavor, but is undeniably nutritious. You can get one 17.5-ounce container for about $11.
The Spice Hunter Chipotle Black Bean Soup Cup
The Spice Hunter Chipotle Black Bean Soup Cup is a convenient product that simply needs to be heated and served. This soup is made from black beans, dried vegetables (potatoes, onions, tomato, garlic, carrots, green chilis), lime juice powder, salt, chipotle pepper, cumin, and oregano. Each one of these cups provides 10 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber, 25 percent of your daily vitamin A, and 15 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this is a quick and convenient lunch option, is hearty and flavorful (although a little high in sodium), and is an excellent product to get more fiber in your diet. You can get a pack of six 1.8-ounce packages for about $12.
Healthy Valley Organic Mushroom Barley
Healthy Valley Organic Mushroom Barley is a no-salt-added soup made primarily from filtered water and the following organic ingredients: mushrooms, barley, carrots, celery, onions, tomato paste, rice starch, expeller pressed canola oil, cane juice, mushroom powder, onion powder, and other spices. Each serving of this soup (one cup) provides two grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and 30 percent of your daily vitamin A. The reviews are mixed on this one. Some feel that the soup is a hearty and healthy choice, others agree that it is healthy but cannot stomach the “bland” flavor. You may want to try it elsewhere before committing to the pack of 12 15-ounce cans for about $26.50.
Lead image source: Sun-Dried Tomato and Kidney Bean Chili