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The Best Vegan Chili

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A great twist on the American Classic of Chili Con Carne. Replace the Carne with Tofu and voilà, it is VEGAN!!!
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Yellow onion 1 Large, diced
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon, minced
  Chili powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (More To Taste)
  Tofu 15 Ounce, frozen then defrosted with excess water squeezed out
  Pepper red 1 , diced
  Yellow pepper 1 , diced
  Green pepper 1 , diced
  Kidney beans 15 Ounce, drained
  Black beans 15 Ounce, drained
  Tomatoes 3 , diced
  Canned diced tomatoes 14 1⁄2 Ounce
  Tomato paste 5 Ounce
  Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Tomato puree 14 1⁄2 Ounce
  Frozen corn 1 Cup (16 tbs)

1. Heat Olive oil in quart saucepan medium high heat.
2. Sauté onion for 2 minutes, add garlic and continue sautéing for an additional 2 minutes until slightly soft.
3. Add 1 tablespoon chili powder into onion and garlic and combine, sauté for an additional minute.
4. Crumble tofu into various size chunks saucepan and mix. Add additional 1/2 tablespoon of Chili powder.
5. Stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
6. Add 3 peppers. Stir. Add kidney beans, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Mix thoroughly. Add tomato puree and stir. Add corn and stir.
7. Cover and let simmer on med low heat for 30 minutes.

8. Serve with homemade baked tortillas.

Freeze the tofu overnight. When you freeze the tofu, it changes the texture. I prefer to freeze it in the water to make the tofu even spongier to absorb the spices. It crumbles unbelievably well too.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
I love Chili. However, getting the meat texture right was challenging. Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP) works but you can't always find it. Then a friend introduced me to the freezing of the tofu. He drained it. I discovered you don't have too. It is actually easier to squeeze the water out afterwards.
Chili is an American way of life, for the most part. You're probably thinking "But it has tofu not carne" But it is all in the spices and veggies!!! Oh, and the goodness of the tofu, that is texturally identical to ground meat. You can even fool the most dedicated meat eaters with this one.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 710 Calories from Fat 66

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8 g11.6%

Saturated Fat 1.2 g5.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 189.3 mg7.9%

Total Carbohydrates 127 g42.5%

Dietary Fiber 29.5 g118%

Sugars 14.3 g

Protein 41 g82%

Vitamin A 58.6% Vitamin C 196.3%

Calcium 23.9% Iron 69.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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