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For the ability in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, see Chili Bean Bomb.
For the alternate ability of the Chili Bean Bomb, see Sombrero Bean Bomb.
For other usages of beans, see bean.
Chili Bean
Chili Bean2
Chili Beans deliver a crippling bout of gastrointestinal distress.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 50
Recharge Sluggish
Damage Massive
Range Touch
Usage When eaten
Special Eating zombie is destroyed and releases stunning gas
Rarity (China) Common
In-game statistics
Weakness Robot zombies (except Zombie Bull2)

Pharaoh Zombie2 (with sarcophagus)

Jester Zombie2 (when spinning)

All-Star Zombie2 (when charging toward plants)

Unlocked Beating Wild West - Day 4
Unlocked (China) Collecting 10 stars in Wild West, beating Wild West - Day 4
Chili Bean Costume2
He's not blushing, he's trying to hold it in.

Chili Bean is the second plant obtained in Wild West in Plants vs. Zombies 2. When a zombie eats it, they will be stunned for 1.5 seconds before dying, unleashing a trail of gas behind them that stuns other zombies in the lane for 7.5 seconds. Chili Bean and its gas cloud do not affect mechanical enemies.


Chili Bean is based on the food of the same name, chili beans. Most of the time the food is made of the species Phaseolus vulgaris more commonly referred to as pinto beans. The effect of the zombie unleashing a trail of gas is based on when you eat chili beans the bacteria on the beans make you pass more gas.

Almanac entry

Chili Bean

RECHARGE: Sluggish


RANGE: Touch

Chili Beans deliver a crippling bout of gastrointestinal distress.

Usage: on eaten
Special: eating zombie is destroyed and releases stunning gas

He's not blushing, he's trying to hold it in.


Plant Food effect


When Chili Bean is fed with Plant Food, three additional Chili Beans will be created, landing on unoccupied tiles.

Costumed (China only)

It now creates one more Chill Bean, making four Chili Beans in total.

Level upgrade

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Plant Food Power
1 0 0 50 20 seconds 15 seconds 3 bites 7.5 seconds Three Touch
2 20 2,000 50 19 seconds 15 seconds 8 seconds Three
3 150 10,000 50 18 seconds 14 seconds 8.5 seconds Three
4 250 20,000 50 17 seconds 14 seconds 9 seconds Three
5 500 35,000 50 15 seconds 12 seconds 9.5 seconds Four
6 750 50,000 50 14 seconds 11 seconds 10 seconds Four
7 1,000 100,000 50 13 seconds 10 seconds 10.5 seconds Four
8 1,500 150,000 50 12 seconds 9 seconds 11 seconds Four
9 2,000 250,000 25 11 seconds 8 seconds 11.5 seconds Four
10 3,000 400,000 25 10 seconds 7 seconds 12 seconds Five

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Chili Bean Upgrade 1
Improved Gas
Zombies are stunned by the gas 1.5 seconds longer.
Combat Training
Chili Bean gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Chili Bean Upgrade 2
Mixing Poison
Zombies are stunned by the gas another 1.5 seconds longer (3 seconds of initial).
Cell Activation
Chili Bean gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Chili Bean may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Chili Bean gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).


Chili Bean is very useful as a "clutch plant" for quickly picking off tough zombies such as Buckethead Zombies, Knight Zombies, and Poncho Zombies, particularly when they appear unexpectedly during an ambush or are threatening endangered plants. The gas attack further expands its "clutch" ability by immobilizing enemies behind it, such as using one to kill a Knight Zombie and immobilize a Zombie King behind it. Using its Plant Food ability with Power Tiles or Tile Turnips can also flood the lawn with plenty of Chili Beans. It has a major drawback in that it requires the enemy to be able to eat and digest it, which means it is ineffective against some of the strongest enemies in the game, as they either do not eat plants (such as Gargantuars) or are immune to the effect (such as the machine enemies of Far Future).

Compared to the Potato Mine, it is usually more of a clutch plant as it needs no "charge-up time", but the Potato Mine is cheaper and can damage almost any enemy, including multiple enemies, that approach it. As a weaker alternate to Chili Bean, you can use Stunion, as he's cheaper and works more quickly, but it only stuns zombies, as opposed to Chili Bean killing one and stunning the rest in the lane.


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  • If not eaten, it will release its own gas once in a while as part of an idle animation. When this happens, it will lose its costume if it is wearing it.
  • It can kill a Disco-tron 3000 in the Chinese version.
  • When a Seagull Zombie eats it, the paralysing gas comes from Seagull Zombie's head.
  • In any levels with Dave's mold colonies on earlier updates, if the player uses Plant Food on it and one lands on the mold colonies, the challenge can still be completed. This happens in order to prevent the player from losing unfairly. This can also happen with any other plants that create duplicates of themselves with their plant food ability.
  • As of the 2.1 update, it no longer makes Pianist Zombies faint and can no longer kill multiple zombies at once, but Zombie Bulls die instantly upon eating the Chili Bean.
  • If its gas stuns ten zombies at once, the player gets the Magical Fruit achievement.
  • If the zombie that eats it is immobilised by butter before the zombie dies, the zombie will not die but will be stunned and release gas.
  • If there are only two or fewer empty tiles, and the player gives the it Plant Food, it will create extra Chili Beans depending on the number of empty tiles.
    • If there are no empty tiles, it will play the animation, but will not create any extra Chili Beans.
    • This also happens to Potato Mine and Primal Potato Mine.
  • If a zombie is facing backwards (via Sweet Potato's Plant Food, Prospector Zombie after its dynamite detonates, or pterodactyl) when it dies from eating the bean, it will release gas backwards towards the house.
  • There is a glitch when the player plants a Thyme Warp right before a zombie dies by eating a Chili Bean, where they will end up staying in one spot, not being a threat.
  • If a fainted zombie gets pushed back by Primal Peashooter, it will continue walking for a short moment, then release gas and die.
  • It holds the record for being the plant with the shortest Almanac entry, at nine words (or 45 characters).
  • If Jester Zombie eats it while spinning, it will not become stunned and release gas.
  • In recent versions of the game, Chili Bean may not cause zombies to die when eaten. Sometimes it will get eaten but the zombie will be unaffected.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine
Ancient Egypt Cabbage-pult · Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Epic Quests Gold Bloom · Electric Currant · Aloe
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Torchwood · Imitater · Starfruit · Chomper · Sap-fling · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Blooming Heart · Escape Root · Wasabi Whip · Explode-O-Nut · Kiwibeast · Bombegranate · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Hot Date · Caulipower
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Ghost Pepper · Homing Thistle · Sweet Potato · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Dandelion · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet
Others Marigold

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