Roasted Veggie Chili on a Sheet Pan

February 6, 2024   11 Comments

This roasted veggie chili on a sheet pan is so easy! You only need to clean one pan after making it.

Roasted Veggie Chili on a Sheet Pan

Why would you make chili on sheet pan? I know it sounds crazy but it allows you to roast cauliflower and a poblano chili. Have you ever had roasted veggies in chili?

If you love meat in your chili you might convert to a vegetarian after tasting this version.

Roasting vegetables deepens their flavor and emphasizes their sweetness. All that bitterness that people hate in vegetables disappears when you roast them. The caramelization that happens at high heat makes vegetables taste sweeter.

I have been advocating for roasting your vegetables for years. Check out my roasted winter vegetables recipe or my asparagus in the oven post.

I am not making this up - I actually roasted asparagus on a local TV show. My devotion to roasted veggies is deep.

This recipe includes roasting cauliflower, a poblano chili pepper, and scallions. If you can’t find a poblano pepper - no worries! Just use a red or green bell pepper.

All you need for successful roasting is a big rimmed baking sheet and a little bit of olive oil or vegetable oil.

In this recipe, I used a tablespoon of vegetable oil and I broiled the veggies for about 7 minutes before I added the rest of the chili ingredients.

The other nice touch with this method is that you end up toasting the cumin and chili powder so that you enhance their flavor. I feel the best chili is a flavorful chili and you don’t need meat! You do need some cooking tricks to get that umami flavor that meat provides (and that we all love).

Have you ever made roasted veggie chili? What did you think?

Roasted Veggie Chili Recipe

2.4 from 35 reviews

Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Total time: 45 min

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1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 poblano chili pepper, seeded and diced
4 scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 15-ounce can black beans, undrained
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce (or 8 ounces of jarred sauce)
1 1/4 cups frozen corn
1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth


Preheat the broiler to high. Add cauliflower, chili pepper, scallions, vegetable oil, chili powder, and cumin to a rimmed baking sheet and toss. Broil for 7-10 minutes until the vegetables are a touch browned.

Remove the rimmed baking sheet from the oven. Set the oven to 475. Add beans (with their juice), tomato sauce, frozen corn, and vegetable broth to the cooked roasted vegetables and bake until heated through - about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

One serving is: 182 calories, 4.7 g fat, 0.9 g saturated fat, 32.1 g carbohydrates, 8.1 g sugar, 8.8 g protein, 8.3 g fiber, 300 mg sodium, 5 Green, 2 Blue, 2 Purple SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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This is a great idea. I’ve been a vegetarian for 50 years and I have never made chili with roasted veggies!!! We will definitely try this. Thank you for bringing roasted vegetables forward in yet another way!!!! So good.

What a great idea.


I made this and it was a BIG hit with my wife. Who could ask for a better recommendation than that?


This recipe is so easy and simple to make. It's versatile goes great with what ever veggies on hand. As long as you use the spices, more or less to your taste, beans, tomatoes, corn and broth it always turn out perfect! Thank you for all your great ideas, you're the BEST!


I just received my Nordic Ware sheet pan from Target. I got the Nordic Ware because it was recommended in the NYT Cooking pull out in the paper.

I’m ready to go!

Do you actually pour all that liquid onto the rimmed baking sheet and continue baking at 475 or transfer to oven safe pot?

I am going to do this; just looking at the photo of the chili is making me want it. Thank you, Lisa, for wonderful recipes.

I am confused too just like Karen…. no way you could add all of those extra ingredients to a cooking sheet! With all the liquid it would run and spill all over the place just trying to get it into the oven? I did not see your reply to Karen‘s question. so would you please reply to mine..I want to try this recipe but I need to know if there is an error in the recipe instructions.

@Karen and @Cathy, it works for me on a 1" half sheet pan (18" x 13" x 1"). You could use a deeper pan if you have one but you want to keep to the 18" x 13" size or similar to give enough space for the vegetables to roast.

This sounds like a great way to make chili! I am also nervous about the amount of liquid going into the pan. Maybe drain and rinse the beans and see how much broth you feel comfortable using? Also, I have a small capacity oven with a small broiler. I have to check my baking sheets to see which will fit in the broiler.

I'm all in for one dish recipes. But then you'll dirty more than just a pan cooking this.

Then it's a vegetarian chili. Gag me with a dead Smurf. Most of the ingredients would be fine if you weren't pretending this is chili which it is not. There is no such thing as veggie chili, lol. It's something that some people like to pretend exits.

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