Tempeh Chili

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Author Notes: A thick, hearty, satisfying pot of chili that is 100% meatless. Gena Hamshaw

Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced
  • One 8-ounce package tempeh, grated on the largest setting of a box grater, or crumbled finely
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large stalk celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup pureed tomato sauce
  • One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoons sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup green onions or scallions, chopped
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, cook for a few minutes, and then add the tempeh. Cook till the tempeh begins to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the green pepper and celery and cook till they're tender, another 5 minutes. Add the garlic. Continue cooking another two minutes.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients, along with half a cup of water. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the chili is fragrant, warm, and the flavors have come together (25 to 30 minutes). Add more water as needed, if the chili becomes too thick. Serve, sprinkled with green onion or scallions.

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5 months ago Linda

My first time cooking with tempeh. I love this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. It was delicious.


7 months ago Marsha Gainey

This needed more salt and more chili powder than the recipe called for. I added approximately an additional 1/2 t. of each. I also used the entire 8 oz. can of tomato sauce instead of just 1/2 cup. It's not the most attractive dish. It tasted okay, edible but not fantastic.


7 months ago Erin Cassady-Dorion

I made this chunkier by adding chopped chayote and carrots and using chopped sweet onion and diced tomatoes. YUM.


about 1 year ago Joanna

I didn't add the tempeh, substituting thick slices of mushrooms instead. This is, by far, the best chili recipe I have ever tried. The celery adds a great crunch and it's just the right amount of heat. Love it! It's going to be a family favorite from now on.


over 1 year ago Noah

This was excellent. I would make it again. I used red onion and red pepper because that's what I had on hand.


over 1 year ago Azra

If i wanted to add ground beef how much?


7 months ago Marsha Gainey

An eight-ounce package of anything is half a pound, so I would use half a pound of ground beef.


over 1 year ago susan g

Chili powder -- ground chiles or the blend of chiles and herbs?


7 months ago Marsha Gainey

I used the blend of chilies and herbs.