10 Vegan High-Protein Soup and Chili Recipes

Vegetarian black bean soup
A quick and easy black bean soup provides plenty of lunchtime protein for vegetarians and vegans. Black bean soup photo by Tina RuTina Rup/Getty Images

Each one of these high-protein vegetarian recipes has a complete nutritional breakdown, so you'll know just how much protein you're getting in each serving. All of the recipes are also vegan and dairy-free, with no animal products (unless you top them off with sour cream and cheese, as pictured). 

These recipes are in descending order of protein content per serving. For more protein, start at the top of the list. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Tofu Chili

(28.9 grams protein) Kidney beans and tofu provide a one-two punch of protein. This recipe also includes mushrooms and bell pepper, which you don't see in many chili recipes.

Vegetarian Tempeh Chili

(24.7 grams protein) This chili uses both beans and tempeh, a protein food made from fermented soybeans and often grains like barley. It is more flavorful than tofu, and when diced into the chili, it makes for an easy meat substitute. However, if you want a gluten-free recipe, you'll need to look for gluten-free tempeh.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

(21.4 grams protein) Sweet potatoes and carrots play against the spiciness of the chili powder in this high-protein vegetarian chili recipe. You can also make this gluten-free by choosing a gluten-free vegetable broth or making it with water instead. You get a big burst of vitamin A and plenty of vitamin C and iron with this healthy vegetarian chili.

Fat-free Curried Split Pea and Potato Soup

(21 grams protein) If you'd like a non-fat high-protein vegan soup, look no further. Made with carrots, potatoes, and celery, this curried split pea soup recipe is also a good source of vitamin A and C. I love split pea soup!

Vegetarian Low-fat Lentil Soup

(18.7 grams protein) This low-fat lentil soup recipe uses lemon juice, thyme, and bay leaf to perk up the flavor. It's a satisfying bowl to enjoy in cold weather.

Easy Vegetarian TVP Chili

(18.7 grams protein) This high-protein vegan chili recipe uses textured vegetable protein (TVP) to substitute for meat in the chili. You can make it more or less spicy by varying the amount of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup (pictured)

(14.5 grams protein) Using canned beans and prepared salsa, you can put this black bean soup together in only the time it takes to heat it up on the stovetop. If you've got both in the pantry or refrigerator, you are just a few steps away from a quick high-protein vegetarian and vegan meal.

Crockpot Vegetable Chili Recipe

(14.2 grams protein) You can go wild on adding veggies to this crockpot chili. Think of red or yellow bell peppers, grated carrots, corn, zucchini, and tomatoes. If your garden is producing a bounty, you may need to make this and freeze portions to enjoy in weeks to come. You'll enjoy a big blast of vitamin A and C.

Yellow Split Pea Dhal

(12.5 grams protein) Enjoy the flavors of India with this split pea recipe spiced with turmeric, cayenne, cumin, and cloves.

Vegetarian Chili with Mock Meat

(12 grams protein) If you're making chili for someone who might miss meat, this recipe uses Smart Ground that tastes and acts similar to ground beef, but with less fat and also zero cholesterol.