I started a new career last month, so as I balanced work, school, blogging, and personal duties, I became obsessed with creating easy and healthy home cooked meals. While shopping for my usual groceries one day, and I found that my local market sold Impossible Burger in the produce section. I had tried it once months ago and I was surprised at how savory and meaty it was. When I saw this mysterious yet delicious meat just feet away from the onions, green peppers, and garlic, the mood then hit me: Vegan Chili.
This vegan chili became one of my favorite easy recipes as I adjusted to my new responsibilities and schedule. It only requires 8 ingredients: Impossible burger, a can of fire roasted tomatoes, a can of red kidney beans, fresh garlic, yellow onion, a green bell pepper, Mexican or taco seasoning, and cilantro. Using canned beans and tomatoes cuts down on preparation time without making the dish taste less fresh. The garlic, onion, and bell pepper add a splash of flavor, and any Mexican inspired dry seasoning brings the Impossible meat to life. Top the chili with your favorite vegan cheese and chopped cilantro, and serve with rice. Sometimes I like to eat it with guacamole.
What if you would rather use ground beef, bison, chicken, or turkey? Feel free to do so! Substitute any of your favorite proteins and top your chili with queso or Mexican cheese blend, and a side of sour cream or Mexican crema.
Also feel free to make this recipe completely fresh. I use canned beans and tomatoes out of convenience, but cooked dry beans and oven cooked fresh tomatoes are super satisfying.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- 8 Ingredients
- Cooks in under 30 minutes
- Super easy to cook in a pinch
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Large skillet – easily sauté the vegetables and Impossible meat.
Spatula – for chopping and stirring your meatless meat.
Impossible Vegan Chili
- 12 oz Impossible burger
- 14 oz diced fire roasted tomatoes
- 15 oz red kidney beans
- 5 garlic cloves
- ½ yellow onion
- 1 green pepper sliced
- 3 to 4 tbsp Mexican or taco seasoning Or 2 tbsp cumin, 2 tbsp paprika, and 2 tsp Acho chili powder to taste
- Optional: cilantro chopped
- Salt to taste to taste
In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil and add the Impossible burger or your choice of vegan or vegetarian protein. Cook and chop the ground meat on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes until half of the meat is cooked.
Add the chopped garlic, sliced onions, and sliced green pepper. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cook the contents undisturbed for 2 minutes. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the beans (bean water included), the tomatoes, and the taco or Mexican seasoning or cumin seasoning mixture. Stir and allow the chili to simmer on medium to low heat for 5 minutes. Season with salt to taste, and stir well.
Top with chopped cilantro and enjoy!
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