Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods to eat and I seriously get excited for fall and winter because I know I will be able to make and eat this a lot more! I’ve tried many different recipes but this is my easy-take-all-the-shortcuts-because-I-want-some-chili-NOW version. I love eating this over a baked potato topped with sour cream and chives with a side of sauteed garlic kale. Another favorite? Over fries topped with vegan cheddar cheese shreds–so good! And have you ever had it over white rice? Totally yummy too.
This is a 30 minute vegan chili and my shortcut version so I am using almost all canned products. If you want to use ingredients that are made from scratch it’s totally doable as well. To save on time, you can cook the ingredients needed in bulk (like the beans), portion, and freeze them so they are ready to go when you need them.
This recipe makes a decent pot of chili which is great for leftovers or you can also freeze it and save some for later. It tastes just as good the next day–maybe even a little bit better–since everything has gotten a chance to sit and really meld together. I like my chili a little more on the chunkier side, but depending on the consistency you want, you may need to add some vegetable broth or water when you are re-heating it.
I hope you like it and if there’s another way you like eating your chili, let me know in the comments! I would love to try it :).
Tools Needed: 2.5 quart pot (or larger)
Recipe Notes: This recipe calls for vegan meatless grounds which is usually made from soy. If you are allergic to soy or just want to switch it up, you can add quinoa to the chili in place of the meatless grounds. It will be a little different from traditional chili but it will make it more filling and give it texture.
To make adding spices to the chili easier, I use taco seasoning. All you need is 1 TBS from 1 packet–super fast and easy. I use the taco seasoning from Trader Joe’s and it’s a little bit spicy compared to some other ones I tried so 1 TBS is enough for me. If you like it spicier, you can add more. It contains: sea salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, sugar, paprika, onion, garlic, black pepper, red bell pepper, oregano, chili pepper, and smoked paprika. You can also mix together your own blend of these spices to have on hand for tacos and chili.