25 Best Vegan Stews (+ Easy Recipes)


Nothing soothes the soul like thick, hearty vegan stews at the end of a rainy day.

From Korean stew to spicy Moroccan versions of the one-pot classic, these vegan bowls are anything but boring.

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Bowl of Vegan Irish Stew with Beef, Carrots and Potatoes

I love these vegan stews because they don’t shy away from flavor.

They also offer super simple and tasty meals that come together in a snap.

You can’t go wrong with the classics!

If you want to capture the essence of a winter stew but want to keep it meatless, this is a great option.

It infuses hearty vegetables to fill you up, like carrots, lots of potatoes, tomatoes, peas, and mushrooms.

Feel free to add all your favorite vegetables. They all work wonderfully in this classic dish.

Whoever said vegan dishes couldn’t be filling never tried this recipe.

A thick and hearty mushroom stew goes so well with creamy mashed potatoes. It’s like shepherd’s pie without all the hassle.

The stew infuses rich, robust flavors with a meaty texture of hearty mushrooms.

Opting for different types of mushrooms, like bell and crimini, adds more depth of flavor to this irresistible stew.

To make a meatless stew filling, you need lots of root vegetables.

With potatoes, carrots and different mushrooms, no one will notice that it’s 100% vegan!

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It gains a thick, hearty consistency from a simple roux (made with chopped vegetables and broth) and doesn’t shy away from heavy seasoning.

The key to the rich flavors is a touch of Kitchen Boquet which adds rich color and a hint of sweetness.

All hail the beautiful Instant Pot! While most stews should develop a depth of flavor all day long, you can cut cooking time in half with a convenient Instant Pot.

It infuses hearty root vegetables like carrots and potatoes into a rich, flavorful tomato base with plenty of fresh seasoning.

What’s great about this stew is that it doesn’t need fancy ingredients to deliver massive flavors.

What’s great about Moroccan cooking is that it skillfully layers spice, sweetness and hearty ingredients into a bone-warming sauce!

Even the stew-averse may find it difficult to eat a single bowl of this stew.

It infuses hearty root vegetables with meaty ingredients like chickpeas and lentils.

It’s super hearty and doesn’t shy away from bright Moroccan spices.

Chickpeas are a great way to make a more nutritious, protein-rich stew without beef.

The best part about this spicy chickpea stew is its concise list of ingredients. It’s a perfect option for nights when the fridge feels empty.

It combines sweet and hearty carrots with lots of chickpeas that come together in a spicy tomato base.

While it’s great on its own, you can make it even more hearty with a side of perfectly steamed white rice.

Masoor dal infuses red lentils and sweet potatoes for an out of this world sweet and spicy stew.

It incorporates a can of full-fat coconut milk that pairs perfectly with starchy potatoes and lentils for a creamy consistency.

While the sweet potatoes add sweetness, the hearty Indian spices help tame the sweetness for a spicy, sweet and addictive dinner dish.

What makes a stew traditional Irish? A dark can of Guinness, of course!

This recipe offers rich, meaty flavors to warm your bones, but is completely meatless.

Adding Guinness beer to the broth doesn’t taste like beer once the alcohol is cooked.

Instead, it imparts bitter and slightly sweet notes to the broth that tastes like a rich meat sauce.

Stews are often shamelessly brown, and that’s okay. However, it’s hard to resist this electric red Moroccan stew.

It gets its bright red hue from an infusion of harissa paste.

If you’ve never tried harissa paste, it tastes spicy and fiery with tons of smoky flavor.

It’s a great way to inject tons of flavor (and color) without the need for meat.

Peanut-based stews hail from West Africa, and they’re incredibly delicious.

Adding peanut butter to your stew base may seem odd. But it gives a subtle sweetness and creaminess without the need for meat or dairy.

In addition to peanut butter, this stew also includes fresh herbs, sweet potato, and onion.

It’s super simple and infuses pantry staples in new and inventive ways.

Sundubu jigae translates to soft tofu stew in Korean.

Although not as thick as your traditional stew (it falls somewhere between soup and stew), it is just as hearty!

It offers a massive kombu (dried sea kelp) flavor that is slightly fishy and pairs perfectly with savory mushrooms.

Add tofu and fresh vegetables and top with kimchi, green onion or rice.

My life changed for the better the moment I tried Soy Curls.

They are perfect little flavor vehicles that soak up spices like a dream and deliver a meat-like texture.

This stew incorporates soy chunks or soy curls into the rich, flavorful broth to soak up all those great flavors.

With lots of root vegetables in a thick sauce, no one noticed that it’s 100% vegan.

Are you tired of brown stews?

This Thai red curry is a great option if you need to inject some color into those dreary winter days, but still want to indulge in some comfort food.

Its bright color comes from the creamy coconut sauce, red and yellow bell peppers and lots of hearty winter greens.

A shot of red Thai curry paste adds just a bit of spice without being too overwhelming.

I love anything with cauliflower. It offers a subtle hint of flavor and a meaty texture, and it’s incredibly filling (and healthy!).

The masala broth offers massive spice with sweet paprika, cumin and coriander.

It also includes jalapeno peppers to enhance those robust flavors for an extra kick.

With lots of cauliflower and chickpeas, this is an incredibly hearty delicious dinner dish.

Thai green curry is the perfect dinner dish for those colder spring days when winter just won’t let go!

It offers light and bright flavors of asparagus and sweet carrots that come together in a light green curry sauce.

Although it is fantastic on its own, you can also serve it over a bed of steamed white rice.

What I love most about this delicious stew is that it’s bursting with vibrant flavors and colors and it’s so easy to make.

Sweet potatoes add a sweetness that pairs perfectly with the spicy notes of chili flakes and cayenne pepper.

Black beans add color and increase protein content to keep you from snacking at midnight!

What makes this stew golden? Lots of heart-healthy turmeric!

Although it looks like something out of a 5 star restaurant, this golden stew is easy to make at home.

Cauliflower and chickpeas come together in a golden broth made with coconut milk, turmeric, garlic and ginger.

It’s light, bright and sure to warm your bones.

If you miss the smoky flavors of beef stew, this is a great vegan alternative.

The addition of smoked paprika and curry powder provides a subtle smoky flavor that mirrors the flavors of beef broth.

With lots of starchy potatoes and chickpeas, it’s just as filling and bone-warming as grandma’s beef stew.

Who said you can only eat stew in winter?

Sometimes you need a little comfort food in the height of summer, and this light stew is a great option.

If you have an overabundance of zucchini from your garden, this simple recipe is a fantastic way to use up more.

It incorporates fresh zucchini with white beans in a light and flavorful sauce.

This simple vegetable chowder is thick and creamy using pureed chickpeas as a base.

Pureed chickpeas offer a creamy consistency that pairs well with tender root vegetables and white beans.

It’s like a cross between a chowder and a stew, the perfect dinner for a cold, rainy evening.

Look no further if you’re looking for a high-protein, filling meal!

This super simple yet satisfying stew combines borlotti and cannellini beans in a fragrant Tuscan tomato sauce.

It’s lighter than your average meat stew, so be sure to come back for a second bowl.

Are you tired of brown stew? Brussels sprout stew packs massive earthy flavors and is deliciously green.

What I love about this stew is that it’s unapologetically creamy, without the need for dairy.

Instead of cream, it infuses cashews with coconut milk that slides off your spoon.

Add some tender Brussels sprouts and sit back as the pot disappears.

The trick to this beefless stew is the jackfruit!

When cooked, jackfruit has a flaky, meaty consistency similar to slow-roasted beef.

Plump root vegetables sing harmoniously in a rich dark chocolate infused tomato base.

The great thing about Instant Pot Vegan White Bean Stew is that it’s made without the need for oil, making it a wonderfully healthy dinner!

Toss all your healthy veggies and white beans into your Instant Pot and let it do all the heavy lifting for you.

This rich and flavorful vegan stew comes together in under an hour. It’s the perfect meal when you want to cut calories.

Okra is notoriously slimy, and its off-putting texture often turns many people away from this nutritional powerhouse.

When cooked until deliciously tender in this rich, flavorful stew, the earthy flavors shine through (minus all the muck!).

With a light sauce and a healthy pile of okra, this is the perfect comfort food for a hot summer evening!

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