Quick Easy Cold Weather Comfort Food: Vegan Chili

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Quick Easy Comfort Food- Vegan Chili

When it’s cold and raining, I always crave comfort food and turn to stews and soups to warm up. This past weekend was a rainy one so I found a vegan chili recipe from Oh She Glows , but made some changes to use what I had available in my kitchen.

Quick Easy Comfort Food- Vegan Chili

Modified Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (280 g) diced sweet onion (about 1 medium/large)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 4 large cloves)
  • 2 medium jalapeños (80 g), seeded (if desired) and finely chopped
  • 1 cup (115 g) finely chopped celery (about 2 large stalks)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 (28-oz/796 mL) can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 cup (250 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth **chicken**
  • 6 tablespoons (90 mL) tomato paste **12 tbps of pasta sauce**
  • 1 (15-oz/398 mL) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz/398 mL) can pinto or navy beans, drained and rinsed ** Great Northern beans**
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)

Toppings:

  • Cashew Sour Cream
  • Chopped green onions 
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped **I also added some fried onions**

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, sauté the onion and the garlic in the oil over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and stir.
  2. Add the jalapeños, celery, and bell pepper and sauté for another 5 to 7 minutes or so, until softened.
  3. Now add the can of diced tomatoes (with the juice), broth, and tomato paste. Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium-high.
  4. Add the drained and rinsed beans, along with the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Simmer the mixture, uncovered, until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Add the cayenne and hot sauce to taste, if using. Taste and season with additional salt if desired.
  6. Serve with Cashew Sour Cream, chopped green onion, and cilantro leaves, if desired.
Quick Easy Comfort Food- Vegan Chili

This recipe is full of flavor and perfect for a cold day. It’s super easy to make and modify to your liking. If you have ground turkey or beef you could add that in to sauté with the onions for a meat version. I’ll probably do that next time and top off with sour cream and cheese! Yum yum!

Quick Easy Comfort Food- Vegan Chili