My favorite way to cook this vegan chili recipe is low and slow, preferably in a slow cooker if you have one. If you like your chili spicy, this is the recipe for you. Chili is a healthy, filling and hearty meal that will please the whole family. My secret ingredient is bulgar wheat, which plumps out as the chili cooks in the slow cooker, turning into tiny, chewy balls of flavor.
This vegetarian chili recipe makes enough to fill an eight quart crock pot. If your crock pot is smaller than that, scale down the quantities or cook the chili in a stock pot on the stove.
14-16 full portions
All of the ingredient to make a delicious vegan chili
- 2 cups dry kidney beans
- 1 1/2 cups dry black beans beans
- 6 cups of bean cooking water
- 1 cup bulgar wheat
- One can tomato paste, 6 oz
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 large can chopped tomatoes
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 1/4 avocado per person for garnishing
- 3 jalapeño peppers, diced (include the seeds if you want it spicy)
- 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 chipotle chilis with adobe sauce, minced
- 4 Tbsp. chili powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. coriander
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the dried kidney and black beans until tender.
- While the beans are cooking, chop the vegetables and measure the spices into a bowl.
- Preheat large frying pan on high heat and add vegetable oil
- Sauté vegetables in a large frying pan for 5 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic, ginger and jalapeño and sauté for another 5 minutes.
- Add the spices (except for the cocoa powder and bay leaved) and sauté for a further 5 minutes.
- Drain the beans, saving the water.
- Transfer the beans and 6 cups of bean water to the slow cooker, turned to high.
- Transfer the sautéed vegetables to the slow cooker.
- Add bulgar wheat, tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, bay leaves, soy sauce and cocoa powder.
- Once the chili comes to a bowl, turn the slow cooker to low.
- Cook for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Add the corn 15 minutes before serving.
- Slice the avocado for garnishing
- Dish the chili into a bowl, garnish with slices of avocado and serve.
Spicy vegan chili served with avocado
I like to pair my vegetable chili with vegan cornbread or a hearty rustic loaf of bread. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can cook this in a large stock pot over low heat.
This recipe makes a lot of chili! If you bring this yummy vegan chili along to a potluck, everyone will be asking for the recipe. Be ready to eat tasty leftovers the next day.
I discovered this soup on the streets of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad, while I was sailing around the Caribbean. I’ve wanted to make this soup myself ever since then, and now that it’s corn season, I was able to! No-one will believe that this soup is vegan.
Vegan Spicy Trinidadian Corn Soup
The food of Trinidad is a delicious blend of East Indian and Afro-Carribbean influences, taking advantage of local vegetables and a range of hot spices. The range of vegan street food in Port of Spain is fantastic and it’s tough to beat being able to wash food down with fresh coconut milk drunk straight from the coconut, and then eating the coconut afterwards.
All the ingredients you need to make vegan Trinidadian corn soup.
8 to 10 full portions
6 corn on the cob, shucked
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 cups onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup celery, chopped
2 cups carrot, diced
1 cup lentils
1 scotch bonnet pepper, diced for spicy, whole for a milder soup (Use the type of hot pepper you prefer. I used habanero)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 Tbsp. salt
2 tsp. thyme
3 cups sweet potato, cubed
5 cups boiling potatoes, cubed (I used Michigan White)
5 cups pumpkin, skinned & cubed
4 cups vegetable stock (I used Knorr Homestyle Vegetable Stock)
4 cups water
1 can coconut milk
Deseeding the pumpkin.
- Bring water to a boil in a pot large enough for 3 cobs of corn.
- While waiting for the water to boil, chop the vegetables as described.
- When the water has come to a boil, put the 3 cobs of corn in for 2 minutes.
- Remove cobs from water and allow them to cool while you continue to prep your veggies.
- Chop the uncooked cobs of corn into 1 inch slices.
Three raw cobs of corn cut into 1″ sections.
- Cut the kernels from the cooked cobs.
Kernels cut off of the three cooked cobs of corn.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
- Add the chopped onion and cook until the onions are translucent, around 5 minutes.
- Add the finely minced garlic, celery, carrots, hot pepper and a pinch of salt and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining vegetables, except for the 1″ corn on the cob sections and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Sautéing the veggies for Trini corn soup.
- Add vegetable broth, water, coconut milk, spices and lentils and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
- Cover and reduce heat to low to simmer until the vegetables are tender and lentils are cooked, around 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- If you’re going for a milder soup and had put the hot pepper in whole in step 9, remove it now.
- Purée soup to desired consistency with an immersion blender.
- Add the 1 inch sections of corn on the cob and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Ready to serve!
My vegan Trini corn soup will help you stay warm on a brisk fall night. Try serving it with naan bread or chapati to make it a full Trini experience. You can refrigerate the soup for up to a week, if you have left! I like to freeze individual portions as an easy and healthy work lunch.