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Plant-Based Chili

Plant-Based Chili

🍽 Serves ⏲ Total Time
6 23 minutes

🧂 Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle in adobe sauce
  • 0.5 tsp oregano
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 0.25 tsp pepper
  • 12 oz plant-based ground meat
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans
  • 1 28-oz can tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water

🍳 Cookware

  • 1 Dutch oven
  • 1 wooden spoon

📝 Instructions

Step 1

Heat vegetable oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add finely chopped onions, red bell peppers, garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle in adobe sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Stir in plant-based ground meat and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until firm crumbles form, about 3 minutes. Stir in kidney beans, tomatoes and reserved juice, tomato sauce, and water. Scrape up browned bits on bottom of pot using metal spatula or wooden spoon.

Step 3

Bring to simmer, then reduce heat to low and simmer until chili is slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

Add Extra Liquid


Although you may see a little moisture or fat left in the pan when you're cooking plant-based ground meat, it tends to release a smaller amount of liquid than animal meat does when cooked. In our chili recipe, we compensate for this by adding a cup of water to achieve the ideal consistency.

🔗 Source

  • Cook's Illustrated