Tempeh Chili

By Gena Hamshaw
February 15, 2014
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Author Notes: A thick, hearty, satisfying pot of chili that is 100 percent meatless. Gena Hamshaw

Serves: 4 to 6
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hrs

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced
  • 1 (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
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more 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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