Easy Does It Sunday Evening Vegan Chili

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Even though it isn’t Sunday yet, and the temperatures are starting to warm up, it’s always a good time for vegan chili. This very healthy recipe was shared with us from Blissful Basil: Over 100 Plant-Powered Recipes to Unearth Vibrancy, Health, and Happiness by Ashley Melillo.

Easy Does It Sunday Night Vegan Chili Recipe from Blissful Basil (gluten-free + nut-free and soy-free options)Blissful Basil: Over 100 Plant-Powered Recipes to Unearth Vibrancy, Health, and Happiness by Ashley Melillo Blissful Basil is a stunning cookbook that is meticulously designed with warm feminine touches, pretty photographs, detailed but organized recipes, flowing introductions, ample helpful notes, and special diet icons.

Yes, Ashley truly covers it all with the style and grace of a professional hostess. But the recipes themselves have a natural, rustic quality, much like this vegan chili.

To note, Blissful Basil is a purely vegan cookbook and it’s nearly entirely gluten free. There are also ample soy-free and nut-free recipes with substitution options wherever possible.

Special Diet Notes: Easy Does It Sunday Evening Vegan Chili

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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Easy Does It Sunday Evening Vegan Chili
 
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This chili requires just 15 minutes of active prep time and then you can sit back, relax, and occasionally give it a stir. It’s the perfect meal to have simmering in the background on a lazy Sunday afternoon while you binge-watch House of Cards (Frank Underwood, you scare me, but I just can’t quit you). This chili garners its meatiness from walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes that have been pulsed into a crumble and sautéed with onions, peppers, tomatoes, beans, and an array of spices. Balsamic vinegar and tamari deepen both the flavor and the color of the chili. The balsamic enhances the complexity of the chili’s acidity and mingles with the tomatoes in the loveliest of ways, while the tamari adds an enticing umami quality. A lengthy simmer time melds the flavors together, and then it’s time to serve. Spoon this chili into bowls, pile on the toppings, and serve with a hefty handful of tortilla chips for dipping!
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
Vegan Chili
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil or vegetable broth*
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 medium poblano pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 cup raw walnut pieces*
  • 3 ounces no-salt-added, dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans unsalted whole peeled tomatoes in juice
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari*
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or coconut sugar
Recommended Toppings
  • Sliced avocado
  • Halved grape tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  • Fresh cilantro, stemmed and chopped
  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Cashew sour cream* (store-bought or recipe in the book)
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion, red peppers, and poblano pepper, and sauté for 6 minutes, or until the peppers are just beginning to soften and the onions are generously flecked with golden-brown edges, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, add the walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes to a food processor and pulse 30 times, or until roughly minced and crumbly. Transfer to the stockpot along with the garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and coriander. Decrease the heat to medium-low and sauté for 4 minutes, or until the spices are wafting a rich, toasted scent, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the whole peeled tomatoes with juice and bring to a simmer, using a spoon to thoroughly crush them to the desired size as they heat. Add the kidney beans, black beans, and water, and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Then, stir in the balsamic vinegar, tamari, and maple syrup, and decrease the heat to medium-low. Partially cover, leaving the lid askew, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  5. Cover completely and continue to simmer for at least another 45 minutes but preferably 1 hour or longer, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Taste and season with more sea salt, if desired.
  6. Ladle into bowls, layer on the toppings, and get cozy. Refrigerate leftovers up to 4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Notes
No Oil? No Problem. To keep this dish oil-free, opt for vegetable broth instead of olive oil.

No Nuts? No Problem. To keep this dish nut-free, use raw shelled sunflower seeds instead of walnuts and do not use the cashew sour cream.

No Soy? No Problem. To keep this dish soy-free, swap out the reduced-sodium tamari for coconut aminos.

Leftovers? This chili is even better on the second day after the flavors have mingled overnight!

This recipe with photo was reprinted with permissions from Blissful Basil: Over 100 Plant-Powered Recipes to Unearth Vibrancy, Health, and Happiness by Ashley Melillo.
Easy Does It Sunday Night Vegan Chili Recipe from Blissful Basil (gluten-free + nut-free and soy-free options)

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

9 Comments

  1. This chili looks amazing. Hearty and flavorful. I’m always looking for new chili recipes – even in the summertime! I love that this one uses poblano pepper. Definitely trying next weekend!

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