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Vegetarian Tempeh Chili

I prepared some chili a couple days ago with a little used, under appreciated food, tempeh. It is basically fermented soybeans originating in Indonesia, I believe. It was delicious, vegetarian and very healthy. I purchased this in Kroger down the organic health food aisle close to the tofu. Here is a good link that explains it well.


Now on to the recipe.

1 – 8 oz. package of tempeh
2 – portabello mushrooms (without stem, It’s not edible)
1/2 – red and green bell pepper
1 – medium onion
2 – serano peppers
3 – cloves garlic
1 – can tomato sauce
1 – can diced tomatoes
1 – can black beans (rinsed)
1 – bottle of light beer
1 – tbs cumin and chili powder
1 – tsp salt and black pepper
1 – good shake of ground clove or cinnamon
2 – tbs canola oil

First run a knife down the side of the package to get the tempeh out. It is firm and kinda in a slab. On a cutting board slice length wise into 1/2 inch pieces. Then slice tempeh the other way about every 1/2 inch or so to give you 1/2 inch cubes. This is a good “chili size”. Bring a pot over medium to medium high heat and add the oil. Toss in the cubed tempeh and begin to brown. This could take 5 minutes or so depending on how hot your burner is.Next move on to chopping your veggies. If you are not a speed demon at chopping you might want to these veggies before you take on the tempeh. Chop the veggies into about 1/2 inch pieces as well. Add the chopped vegetables, except the mushroom, and cook for about 5 minutes to soften them up a bit. After this add garlic and spices and cook for one or two more minutes. Next toss in everything else. Let this cook for at least 30 minutes. Once this is finished taste and re-season as needed. I normally serve it with some sour cream and a little sriracha hot sauce.

This recipe can be easily changed up depending on what is in your pantry and fridge. I sometimes add celery, carrot, jalapeno, red beans, brown sugar, etc.  You could also add or subtract from your seranos depending on how spicy you like it.  Simply adjust it to fit your taste.