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Champion Chili

Servings 8


  • 1 cup dry textured vegetable protein or 1 package vegan ground meat (try Beyond Meat Tofurky, or Gimme Lean) (optional), TVP
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 jalapeno 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, and pinto are good choices). Add a third can of beans if not using vegan ground meat or TVP.
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 zucchini chopped


  • 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 at all soggy. Bring 1 cup of water or vegetable broth to a boil and pour over the TVP. Set aside.
  • 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, jalapeno (if using), chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the broth, soaked TVP or vegan ground meat (if using), carrots, and bell pepper. Cover and turn down heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the beans, corn, and zucchini and simmer uncovered for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with rice or pasta and top with vegan sour cream, if desired.
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