This is a recipe which comes out a little different each time we make it depending on which of the ingredients we have on hand. Tim could eat this chili every day and he would be happy. It is great served with tortilla chips or fresh baked bread (I will post the bread recipe soon too.) This can be made ahead of time and re-heated in the crock pot and it freezes very well also.
Tim’s Vegan Chili
4 Tablespoons Olive oil
4 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 Package Extra Firm Tofu
4 Veggie Sausage Links
1 medium Onion
1 Bulb (yes, bulb not clove) Garlic
16 oz. Can Kidney or Cannellini beans
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) Beefish chunks
TVP Chickenish chunks
28 oz. can Tomato Puree
12 oz. can or bottle of Lager Beer
1 Hot Pepper such as a Habanero (optional)
Ground Black Pepper
Cut sausage into slices and put into oven at 375° F for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes
Cut Tofu into ½” cubes
Dice Onion and Garlic, set aside
Put 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan set to medium-low heat. Add ½ onion and ½ of the garlic. Add the tofu after 3 minutes. Cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
Put the tofu in the oven at 375° F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Put the tomato Puree into a slow cooker with the sausage and beans set to low.
Place the TVP in a sauce pan with enough water to cover; boil for 10 minutes until rehydrated.
Dissolve the Chili powder in the beer.
Put another tablespoon of olive oil in the same frying pan which was used for the tofu – you do not need to clean in between, keeping the flavor from the onions and garlic which were cooked earlier. Add the rest of the onion, garlic and Tofu along with all of the TVP and the optional diced hot pepper. Pour the dissolved Chili powder in and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add water if it gets too thick. Add salt and ground pepper to taste.
Add all ingredients from the frying pan into the slow cooker and set to Low or Keep Warm.
The longer it cooks the thicker the chili will get and the more the flavors will intensify.
We order our TVP from Harmony House Foods - They have several flavors available. We started with the sampler pack to try out a variety and see what we liked.