Chillis are irresistible, super thanks to their varied nature; you can enjoy your vegetarian chilli with rice, plenty of grated cheddar cheese, and top it off with chopped cilantro, slices of jalapeno, and sour cream. Even when you have some leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge and have them with jacket potatoes for lunch. However, one question begs for an answer: How long can vegetarian chili last in the fridge? You are about to find out! 

How long can vegetarian chili last in the fridge?

There is good news! Leftover chili can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Just like stew and casseroles, Your vegetarian chili will taste better the next day!

However, this depends on two factors: How you store it and when you store it.

How to store chili in the fridge

Once you are done cooking and you have had enough to eat, you can keep the rest in the fridge. All you have to do is to let it cool and keep it in an air-tight container. Once you are ready to use it again, heat it and add a little water to loosen it up a bit.

When you store your chili plays a great role in how long it will last. Cooked vegetarian chilli lasts the longest when it is stored in the fridge within two hours of cooking. If you don’t meet up with this time frame, then it’s best to discard the chili. This is because bacteria will start growing in the dish if left at room temperature for more than two hours.

You can also store your chili in a freezer. When stored in the freezer, cooked chilli will last longer. In temperatures below 0o F, chili can last up to 6 months without any problem. However, you need to ensure that your freezer is on all the time.

You should use this storing method only if you run a food business, as it’s best to eat your chili fresh.

Storing in the freezer isn’t going to change the taste one bit though.

How to know if your leftover vegetarian chili has gone bad

Vegetarian chi’li is cooked with several seasonings which could make them go bad in a few days just like every other food item.

But how do you know when this happens? You can watch out for these signs.

The smell of the chili

If your vegetarian chili begins to give a funky smell, then it’s time to discard it. Your chili can stay 3-4 days before it starts to smell funny.


Always make sure you check the texture of the stew with your hands. If it feels slimy, then your cherished vegetarian chili has gone bad and you need to say goodbye, till we meet again. Next time you can make a fresh chill again?

How to make Vegetarian Chili

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Is vegetarian chilli good?

Yes! Beans and meatless crumbles provide a great source of fiber and vegetarian protein to help keep your body strong and healthy. Combining vegetables with low-sodium, lean proteins and spices make chili a heart-healthy dish.

What are the best ingredients to use in my Vegetarian chilli?

Onions, beans, roasted tomatoes, bell, vegan cheese, peppers, chili powder, and vegan sour cream will bring you chili to life!

Can I make gluten-free chilli?

Yes, you can. Just make use of tamari instead of soy sauce. 

Can I freeze vegetarian chilli?

If you want to freeze your vegetarian chili, don’t add the fresh cilantro. You can leave it in the freezer for  3 months.

When you are ready to serve, you can add fresh cilantro.

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