Champion Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry TVP or 1 package vegan crumbles (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 800gr can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans of beans drained and rinsed (kidney, black, pinto, etc.), add a third can of beans if not using vegan crumbles or TVP
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 zucchini, chopped

Champion Chili

  1. If using TVP, start by heating a few teaspoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Add the TVP and toast over medium-high heat, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. Toasting the TVP will give the texture a bit more of a bite and keep it from getting soggy. Bring 1 cup of water or vegetable broth to a boil and pour over the TVP. Set aside.
  2. In a large stockpot, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes. Next add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, jalapeño (if using), chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the broth, soaked TVP or vegan crumbles (if using), carrots, and bell pepper. Cover and turn down heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, corn, and zucchini and simmer uncovered for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with rice or pasta and top with vegan sour cream, if desired.