Thursday, January 5, 2012

Oh so good Vegan Chili!

This recipe was shared with me by the amazing Jinxi.  She got me started with ground works of this but I did add and change up a few things a bit.  In the kitchen there are no rules to creating what your taste buds and your family will go wild for :)

So get your pens and paper ready!

-1 can (15 ounces) black beans (drain & rinse)
-1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans (drain & rinse)
-1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans (drain & rinse)
-1 can (15 ounces) chili beans/ red beans (do NOT drain or rinse)
-2 cans (15 ounces) seasoned stewed tomatoes
-2-3 ripe tomatoes (diced) (Or) 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes
-4 fresh garlic cloves (minced)
-1 sweet onion (diced)
-1 red bell pepper (chopped)    ** If you don't like peppers, don't use any **
-1 green pepper (chopped)
-2 bags of  Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles
-2 packets of vegan chili (or) taco seasoning packets 
-1-2 cups of frozen corn (rinse to thaw)
-black pepper (to taste)
-olive oil (as needed)
-hot sauce (to taste) - optional


~Put black beans, kidney beans & pinto beans into a strainer - rinse, drain & set aside
~Chop up your garlic cloves, onion & peppers - set aside

the knife you see in this picture is actually for chopping up meat,
but since we don't do that in my house... EVER
 It works nicely for onions, garlic and some vegan sausage ;)
It was a gift & nothing goes to waist in this house <3

~Pour ALL beans (including chili beans that are still in the can) into your crock pot on high
~In a large saute pan heat the olive oil (cover the bottom of the pan), when hot add garlic, onions & peppers & cook until soft.
~When all are softened add the Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles

~Add chili or taco seasoning packets and let it cook all together on the stove
~Add more olive oil to pan so "beef" doesn't stick

~After semi cooked and mixed well add everything from the pan to the crock pot and mix together.
~Add additional seasoning (hot sauce, chili power, salt - whatever you like IF you like)
~Add corn to crock pot and mix one last time.
~Cook in crock pot for 3-4 hours. - It tastes MUCH better as a next day meal :)
After the chili is done cooking for about 4 hours I let completely cool then put in fridge until the next day.

Next day is here!!
Turn the crock pot back on high, let all the chili heat up.
Once it's heated place chili in your favorite bowels with some Italian bread on the side and DIG IN!!

If you would like to add some shredded "cheese" try Daiya Cheese :)

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