Spicy Vegan Chili
Chili is a classic American food and some would argue that it absolutely must be made out of beef. But we disagree. This spicy vegan chili uses a lot of the same ingredients as traditional chili but with textured soy instead of ground beef. It has just as much savory and spicy flavor and an almost identical texture but with much less fat. It’ll please meatlovers and vegans alike.
Making good chili is all about creating layers of flavor. A lot of people use canned ingredients like tomatoes, beans, and broth but if you’re going for maximum flavor and nutrition you’ll want to stick to the fresh and homemade stuff like we do. Since this is a completely plant-based chili recipe, we use vegetable broth we made using vegetable scraps. (If you want to learn how click here.)
We also use black beans that we cook ourselves. Beans are a great source of plant protein and are very affordable when you buy them dried and cook them yourself. And it’s super easy and cuts down on packaging waste, especially if you buy them in bulk, like we do. We make a fresh batch every week so we always have some on hand. You can also make them into this amazing bean dip for a great, healthy snack.
Fresh is Best
We also recommend using fresh onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, and garlic. Fresh is always best, and, once again, this cuts down on packaging waste. The dried guajillo and chipotle chilies will add another layer of great flavor. Dried chilies can usually be found in the Mexican food section of American grocery stores. These have delicious smoky, earthy flavor but they can be spicy, especially the chipotles, so you will want to adjust the amount according to your preference. If you can’t find dried chipotles, the canned variety in adobo sauce will work as well; they just aren’t as smoky.
This spicy vegan chili is hearty and delicious and would be great topped with some avocado or sour cream, if you eat dairy. We’ve even baked zucchini boats filled with it and topped with cheese and those were incredible. However you like your chili, it will be amazing with this vegan recipe.