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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Not so great. I had to add a little more onion, adobe sauce and salt to get the flavor up there. Still a little too much to overcome the seitan. I chopped it finer than the recipe calls for too--no need and letting people chew on rubber.

anne - 2016-04-09 12:34:05

to Sondra. There are a bunch of sources for it online if you give your favorite search engine a go. Look for about $5 for 8 oz package (if you're in the US) I did find this recipe for making from scratch:

Christina - 2015-10-30 01:08:51

Made this today for a chili contest at work, only slightly tweaked. I wanted to make it in a crockpot for ease of transport... did the onion/garlic/spice step on the stovetop but dumped everything else straight into the crockpot. Would recommend either skipping the carrot or par cooking those if headed the crockpot route. Other than that though, used the exact ingredient list was used and I was quite pleased with the results. Will definitely make this again (with a little more care given the carrots)

Christina - 2015-10-30 00:55:16

I cannot buy seitan in my area. Does anyone know where I could purchase it or is their a recipe.

sondra - 2015-10-01 21:41:23

What is a good alternative if you are allergic to mushrooms?

Lasarythe - 2015-03-10 00:23:25

It would be a good idea to mention that seitan is nothing but gluten, for those who are attempting to stay gluten-free.

Mary Martin - 2015-02-20 15:02:38

This is fantastic. I used only one 8-oz package of chorizo-flavored seitan which was plenty. I used about 6 chiles because I like it four-alarm hot - but 3 chiles would probably be enough for most people who like spicy. I skipped the carrots because I don't care for sweetness in my chili. And I used ketchup because I was out of tomato paste.

J M - 2015-02-15 22:21:48


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