The days are getting cooler. Where I live, in the highlands of Guatemala, cooler means that the temperature outside has dropped from 78 degrees F to 68. Brrrr. Time to make my favorite tempeh vegetable chili!
In addition to being hearty and satisfying, this chili is packed with nutrition. It’s a sneaky way to get more vegetables into those picky eaters who only eat vegetables when they’re not recognizable as vegetables (my daughter was one of those).
This recipe is a great way to use leftover beans, grains, or vegetables: if you’re using leftover grains or vegetables, add them at the end of cooking. Adapt the recipe to whatever you have on hand. Mushrooms are an excellent addition: sauté them with the onion until the juices have mostly cooked away before adding the tempeh.
I make my chili in an Instant Pot, so it’s easy to put the ingredients together and let the pressure cooker setting do the rest. Like most chili recipes, this one is excellent the second day and it freezes well.
- 1 lb red or black beans, cooked until tender but not mushy (garbanzos work too!)
- 1 lb tempeh
- 4 cups miso or vegetable broth
- 1 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, chopped
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
- 3–5 cups chopped raw vegetables
- In a large skillet, cook the tempeh in 2 cups of miso broth for about 30 minutes. Cut into 1–2 inch cubes and set aside.
- Dry sauté the onion until translucent. Add the garlic, red pepper, and jalapeño and continue sautéing a few minutes. Add the cubed tempeh and continue cooking until the tempeh begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Don’t worry if the tempeh cubes fall apart.
- In a crockpot, pressure cooker, or soup pot, mix the sautéed vegetable/tempeh mixture with the beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, rice, and vegetables. Add enough of the remaining broth so the mixture is just barely covered.
- Allow to cook until the flavors blend. In a slow cooker, this is about 4 hours on high. In a pressure cooker, about 30 minutes at pressure. On the stove top, allow at least an hour, but more is better.
Garnish with chopped onion, cilantro, nutritional yeast, or grated vegan cheese.