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Spicy Vegan Chili

Fall is here, so it is time to make my favorite soup...Chili! I usually like my chili mild and sweet, but I have a chili cook off approaching and they like spicy chili. There is no time like the present to step up my game and to create my first spicy chili.

I usually use ground beef in my chili. Now that I am vegan, my go to is Beyond Meat ground. I was inspired by an instant pot recipe I found. It used Chorizo and ground beef. That sounded it yummy to me, so I am adding vegan chorizo to my recipe.

I use dried beans instead of canned beans in this recipe. Full disclosure, I am usually to lazy to soak beans the night before. It seems like too much work, but I learned a nice trick. I cook my dried beans with water and oil in my instant pot for 30 minutes and voila! Fresh beans ready to add to my chili!

I have to admit that I enjoyed the dried beans better over canned beans. They didn't taste as much as canned beans.

I hope you enjoy this fall/winter favorite as much as I do.


Olive oil 1 yellow pepper chopped

1 cup black beans 1 jalapeno seeded and minced

1 cup red beans 3 garlic cloves minced

1 cup pinto beans 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

4 cups water 1 tbsp cumin

8 0z vegan chorizo 1 tbsp chili powder

12 oz Beyond Beef Ground 1 tsp southwest chipotle

1 medium onion chopped 1 tbsp oregano

1 red pepper chopped 1 12 oz can diced tomatoes

1 green pepper chopped 1 12 oz can tomato sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: nondairy sour cream, nondairy shredded cheese, and scallions


If you use dried beans, soak them the night before. If you have an instant pot, you can cook your beans in the instant pot with water on high pressure for 30 minutes.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium high heat. Saute your onions and garlic until soft. Add your ground beef until browned. Add bell peppers and jalapeno cook for about 2 minutes.

Add your beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cocoa, cumin, chili powder, southwest chipotle, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.

Add your chorizo it is already done it just needs to thaw out in your chili

Turn your chili down to medium heat and let it simmer 5 to 10 minutes


Your turn: What is your favorite type of chili to make?

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