Spicy Vegan Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper (I like red best but use what you like)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 15 oz. can black beans
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans (or you can use chickpeas)
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 package of Trader Joe’s soy chorizo (or any veggie chorizo crumbled but I have found I like this kind the best plus it’s cheap!)
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (I make my own, stay-tuned to find out how!)
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • If you don’t have soy chorizo add in 1/2-1 tsp.  cayenne pepper to taste if you like spicy foods or omit for traditional chili
  • Topping options: avocado, green onions, cilantro, plain Greek yogurt (not vegan); Pictured: topped with plain Greek yogurt and served with organic blue chips

Directions:

  1. Wash vegetables. Dice onions and bell pepper. Mince garlic cloves.
  2. Heat EVOO in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions and peppers to skillet and saute for 5-8 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  4. Add tomato paste, tomatoes with juice, vegetable broth (or water if you don’t have any), and spices. Bring to a light boil.
  5. While waiting to boil rinse and drain beans.
  6. Add beans, cover, and reduce heat to a light simmer. Let chili simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened to your liking.
  7. Top it off with whatever garnishes you’d like & enjoy!
  8. Serves 4. Or you can make a double batch and freeze some for quick meals later!

Health benefits:

This plant-based meal is packed with nutrients. Incorporating three different kinds of legumes (or beans) provides lots of fiber (pre-biotics), protein, vitamins and minerals. With a bowl of this chili you are consuming six vegetables in one dish! I served my chili with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to substitute for sour cream (try it, it tastes so similar) and some organic blue chips that provide whole grains. Previously, I would’ve avoided the chips and said “that’s too much carbs” but, having some additional whole grains rounds out the meal and keeps you feeling fully for longer so you don’t have to go looking for snacks a few hours later. If you want to know more about fiber check out my informative blog posts!

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