Recipe: Vegan Spicy Chili

When it comes to making stews and soups and such I tend to just start cooking, without writing things down, but this time I decided to make notes so I could share with you. This is my own recipe, and I like things spicy, so beware of my free hand with the “chili” spice! (Note: this makes an insane amount of chili, but that’s what I do…I make a ton and freeze it! Just thought I’d pass that along..)


  • 2-28 ounce cans Plum Tomatoes with basil (Trader Joes)
  • 1- 20 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2-28 ounce can diced tomatoes (one of these cans I minced into sauce to make more liquidy)
  • 2-15 ounce cans Organic Kidney beans (drained – Trader Joes)
  • 1-15 ounce can tomato sauce (plain – Trader Joes)
  • 1-6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1-32 ounce box of vegan low-sodium vegetable broth (Trader Joes)
  • 2 large spanish or sweet onions (diced)
  • 2 packages vegan soy meat substitute (Trader Joes – lower sodium)
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 5 stalks celery (cut small)
  • 3 carrots (pureed)
  • 2 T EVOO
  • 4 T cumin
  • 1-1/2 t rosemary
  • 1-1/2 t thyme
  • 3 small bay leaves
  • 2 T paprika
  • 3-4 T chili powder
  • 1 T cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • Vegan Sour Cream
  • Vegan Cheddar Cheese


  • In a saute pan, heat olive oil on medium heat – when hot, add minced garlic until it begins to cook. Then add all of the diced (size up to you) onion and cook until onions are translucent. Once onion/garlic is complete, put them into your cooking pot (I suggest very large if following this recipe – 20quarts is what I use).
  • In the same saute pan you made the onions/garlic in, put the two packages of vegan meat substitute (there should still be a little olive oil left, if there is not, add a teaspoon). Add to this a teaspoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of cumin. Saute the meat until it is done enough for you – I like mine very well done, so I cook it quite a while. Once meat is done, transfer to pot.
  • In pot containing the meat, garlic, and onion, add the rest of the ingredients (not the seasoning, just the food ingredient) and stir together.
  • Once all ingredients are stirred together, add in the rest of the seasoning and reduce heat to a simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.