nutritional information

Per 1-cup Serving:

  • Calories: 276
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 844 mg
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Ultimate Vegan Chili

Ultimate Vegan Chili

Serves 8

This chili is made with a base of seitan and mushrooms for a rich, thick dish that is, for lack of a better word, meaty! In lieu of chili beans such as Bush's Best Chili Beans, you can substitute or 1 can each black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans, partially drained. If you like your chili three-alarm hot, add an extra chipotle chile or two.
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, drained and minced
  • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 8-oz. pkgs. seitan, chopped (3 cups)
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¾ tsp. celery salt
  • 3 15-oz. cans chili beans, partially drained
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 to 3 large carrots)
  • 2 Tbs. low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. vegan Worcestershire sauce

1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 to 10 minutes, or until beginning to brown, stirring often. Add garlic and chipotle chile, and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in mushrooms; cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add seitan, tomato paste, paprika, oregano, chili powder, celery salt, and 1 cup water; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add beans, carrots, tamari, and Worcestershire sauce. Cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 1 hour, or until carrots are tender.

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Kristy - 2014-12-09 02:50:57


Kimmy - 2014-12-08 19:01:50

I simply added extra mushroom, and beans. No need for fake meats that way.

Doob - 2014-09-28 14:38:53

So good. I make this recipe all the time. Lately I've been making taco salads with this chili. Just spoon it over lettuce, add some cold veggies, and crushed tortilla chips. sooo good.

Amc - 2014-09-25 01:33:23

Henderson's Relish is the best vegan alternative to Worcestershire Sauce. Actually, it's better than Worcestershire sauce anyway - Worcestershire sauce was basically a copy and came later. Henderson's is easy to find in South Yorkshire, as made in Sheffield, but harder to find elsewhere as the company that makes it doesn't seem to be bothered about expanding.

Ade - 2014-04-04 15:18:01


Kim - 2014-04-01 03:25:33

Print please.

Valera - 2014-04-01 03:02:04


Melissa - 2014-04-01 00:50:10

@Annie, Yes, Worcestershire sauce typically as anchovy paste, but you can find vegetarian brands (e.g., Annie's naturals) that omit it.

Becky - 2014-04-01 00:23:10

This looks delicious, and I would still eat it, but it's worth noting that this is not a vegan recipe, as Worcestershire sauce has anchovy paste in it.

Annie - 2014-03-31 23:08:35

This was amazing. Did not have any seitan, so doubled the 'shrooms and then crumbled a veggie burger for texture. My kids gobbled it up too!

Kristin - 2014-03-03 23:48:06

I made this the other day. I left out the carrots and seitan. Add green peppers. And I used all the liquid from the cans of chili beans, we like a wetter chili. It's a dfferent change of pace taste wise, not sure I liked the soy sauce in it. I did use Braggs. I think it needed some cumin in the recipe. So, next time I make it I will add that.

maryann - 2014-02-07 18:07:37

Oh yeah, I only used one 8oz package of seitan. Another substitute is the morning Star meat crumbles. It's not meat but simulates ground beef. I prefer the grain seitan myself. I put it in the food processor to crumble it up.

Sandra Newton - 2014-02-06 00:52:06

I made this recipe tonight and it turned out great. I did add one extra thing, a can of crushed tomonatoes 28oz size. Being in the south it just needed some more tomato. It was good as it is written but fabulous with the crushed tomatoes. Also, I used celery seed instead of celery salt because I am on a low sodium diet.

Sandra Newton - 2014-02-06 00:46:49

3 15-oz. cans chili beans, partially drained instead use VEGAN chili beans (99c store) Brand S & W with no sodium. OR make your own chili beans beforehand NO SODIUM. This is really HIGH in sodium for a vegan dish. 844 mg is WAY TOO MUCH SODIUM. Processed/can'd foods tend to be that way.

Sharon - 2014-02-05 19:17:53