Easy and Healthy Vegan Chilli Con Carne

October 23, 2021

A spicy and satisfying recipe: Vegan Chili Con Carne. Prepare a great family meal with this classic and tempting flavor.

Chili Con Carne, one of the traditional dishes of Mexican cuisine, is a spicy, hearty classic. This easy-to-make recipe is originally made with beef. However, various versions are available.

If you prefer a vegan diet, you can try this recipe. This classic spicy Tex-Mex dish is a candidate to be the favorite of the whole family with its scent and the right spice level. You can bring Southern flavors to your table by serving it with Corn Bread or Cauliflower Rice. Bon Appetit.

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Taste Score: %90
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 30 mins

Tips

  • This homemade chilli con carne recipe is very versatile. So feel free to swap out the used vegetables for whatever you have available, use beans instead of soy mince, add in sweet potatoes, or mix quinoa directly into the dish.
  • Use beef-flavored vegan stock cubes or gravy granules for a rich, beef-like sauce. This will also give your chili some extra sheen and thickness.
  • For a more soup-like chili, add extra water or stock near the end of cooking. Then, enjoy as it is or with wholemeal or rye bread.
  • This homemade chilli recipe adds chopped peppers, celery, and carrots quite late for a crunchier vegan chili con carne. If you like your vegetables well-cooked and soft, add them in right after the chopped garlic and onion.
  • Use frozen soy mince for best results. If using dried soy mince, soak it in some water or stock to rehydrate it.
  • You can also replace soy mince with some other veggie mince, like tofu or tempeh mince. Use better quality ground beef for better texture, as cheap meats tend to be a bit spongy..
  • Both homemade and store-bought vegetable stock works for this recipe, but if you don’t have stock at hand, you can just use water instead.
  • Make this homemade chilli con carne with either tinned or dry beans. Tinned beans are quicker to use and only need to be rinsed and drained, but you can also pre-soak some dry beans overnight and cook them separately.
  • The kidney beans in this recipe can also be substituted with borlotti beans, black beans, pinto beans, red beans, or white beans.
  • If you don’t have tomato purée/passata at hand, canned diced tomatoes can be used as a substitute.
  • Vegan chili con carne is amazing for meal prep as it is super easy to store. Just wait for it to cool, divide it into portions, and keep it in the fridge for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat the chili evenly in the microwave or over medium heat on the stovetop.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. To make vegan chili con carne, start by preparing the ingredients. Finely chop the carrots, celery, bell peppers, garlic, onion, and fresh chili peppers and prepare the beans.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large saucepan and heat it over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add in the chopped onion and garlic and fry until soft.
  3. Add one tablespoon of paprika, one teaspoon of salt, 500 grams soy mince, and 1/4 cup tomato purée. Cook while stirring occasionally for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add in the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock and stir well. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes and bring the mixture to a bubbling boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add in the chopped peppers, celery, and carrots, stir well, and cook for another few minutes.
  6. Finally, add in the cooked red kidney beans and mix well. Simmer for another couple of minutes, so the beans heat through and enjoy your homemade chilli con carne immediately or portion into freezer-friendly containers for later.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Vegan Chili Con Carne
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories440
% Daily Value*
Protein 33 g66%
Total Fat 22 g28.2%
Cholesterol 81 mg27%
Sodium 812 mg35.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What is Chili Con Carne?

Chili con carne or chili for short is a spicy Tex-Mex stew mainly made with chili peppers, ground meat, and tomatoes. Other common chili recipe ingredients include garlic, onions, cumin, vegetable or beef broth, bell peppers, oregano, cayenne pepper, pinto beans, kidney beans, etc. However, most traditional chili recipes do not include beans.

As for the dish’s origins, chili con carne is thought to have originated in northern Mexico or southern Texas at the beginning of the 19th century. The dish was just a simple stew with chili peppers at the time but has slowly evolved into something more complex and rich.

How To Make Homemade Chili Powder?

To make easy homemade chili powder, start by removing the stems and seeds from one ounce of dried mild red chilies. Then place a large skillet over medium heat and wait till it’s hot before adding in the dried chilies and toasting for about a minute until fragrant. Remove from heat and let it cool.

Transfer the cooled whole chilies to a small blender or spice grinder and grind to a powder. Add in 2 Tbsp ground cumin, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp dried oregano, 1 Tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/4-1/2 tsp ground cayenne, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1 tbsp cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.

What To Serve with Chili Con Carne?

Homemade chilli con carne is best served hot with toppings like sour cream, vegan yogurt, fresh herbs, and lime. Other popular toppings for chili con carne include Greek yogurt, whiskey, dried peppers, shredded cheese, sliced avocados, honey, salsa, coconut milk, guacamole, and olives.

Chili con carne also pairs wonderfully well with brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, baked sweet potatoes, or pasta and can even be used to make chili burritos, tacos, and fries.

You can also serve your chili con carne alongside dishes like BBQ sweet potato croutons, chickpea kale salad, pumpkin black bean soup, saltine crackers, tortilla chips, cornbread, and pork tamales for a hearty filling meal.

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