5 from 3 votes
Vegan White Bean Chili with Leeks
Pressure Cooker White Bean Chili
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
This White Bean Chili made in a pressure cooker is smoky with cumin, rosemary and jalapenos, and creamy with cashews and potatoes.
Course: Side
Cuisine: Modern American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 219 kcal
Author: Vaishali Honawar
  • 1 cup dry white beans like cannellini or great northern beans, soaked for a couple of hours, then pressure-cooked until tender. My pressure cooker takes 10 minutes to cook beans without soaking them first. Alternatively, use 2 cups canned, drained and rinsed beans.
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 leeks, leaves washed thoroughly (grit gathers between the , so be careful to rinse them well), and cut into a small dice
  • 4 cloves large of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (remove the white seeds if you don' want much heat)
  • 1 tsp dry rosemary
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, substitute with 1/2 tsp dried
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 2 in medium potatoes, cut a small dice
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cashews soaked and blended with 1/4 cup water into a thick, smooth paste.
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, finely minced
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the leeks and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and saute over medium heat until the leeks are limp, about five minutes.
  2. Add the cumin, cayenne, jalapeno, rosemary, and oregano. Saute for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the corn kernels and let them heat through.
  4. Transfer the entire mixture to a pressure cooker, and add the beans. If you cooked your beans in the pressure cooker first, no need to rinse the pot. Just drain off all but 1 1/2 cups of water and add the other ingredients to the beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse the beans and add 1 1/2 cups of water or vegetable stock to the pressure cooker.
  5. Give everything a good stir and put the lid of the pressure cooker on. I set the timer at 10 minutes for the chili to get cooked, with all the flavors merging well together and the potatoes soft enough to be crushable.
  6. Once the pressure-cooking is done, wait until all of the steam's gone or release it following your manufacturer's directions. Carefully open the lid. Give the chili a good stir and add salt to taste. I like smashing some of the potatoes against the wall of the pot with a ladle to thicken up the chili.
  7. Stir in the cashew cream. I really like this because it makes the chili so creamy, but leave it out if you absolutely don't want to add it.
  8. Garnish with coriander and serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker White Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.2g 6%
Potassium 784mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 37.9g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9.2g 37%
Sugars 3.3g
Protein 9.6g 19%
Calcium 8%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.