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Vegan Tempeh Chili Recipe

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Vegan Tempeh Chili Recipe
Homemade vegetarian chili with both tempeh and beans means this chili recipe packs a powerful protein boost. I kept this tempeh chili recipe vegan, but you could always top it off with cheese and sour cream, if you'd like. Because the tempeh simmers so long in this recipe, there's no need to pre-simmer it, as with most tempeh recipes.

See also: More homemade vegetarian chili recipes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 8-ounce package tempeh, diced
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 4-ounce can sliced green chilis
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans or chili beans
  • 1 8 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 small can corn (optional)
  • fresh cilantro to garnish (optional)


Using one tablespoon of olive oil, sautee tempeh until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, add soy sauce, and sautee another minute or two, until soy sauce is sticky and dissolved. Set aside.

In a large soup or stock pot, sautee the onions, garlic and bell peppers in the remaining olive oil until just barely soft.

Reduce heat and add remaining ingredients, except cilantro and including the tempeh.

Allow to simmer for at least twenty minutes and up to forty minutes, stirring occasionally, and adding a bit more liquid as needed.

Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh minced cilantro.

Makes 6 servings tempeh chili.

Nutritional information, per serving:
Calories: 399
Total Fat: 10.0g, 15% daily value (based on a 2000 calorie diet) Saturated Fat: 1.7g, 8% Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Sodium: 200mg, 8%
Total Carbohydrates: 56.9g, 19%
Dietary Fiber: 13.8g, 55%
Sugars: 5.5g
Protein: 24.7g
Vitamin A 40%, Vitamin C 103%, Calcium 13%, Iron 36%
Nutrition Grade: A

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 5 out of 5
Vegetarian chili, Member john21a

I'm not a vegetarian, but one of our kids is, and he convinced me some vegetarian meals are healthy, and may prevent gout which I get occasionally. So I tried this recipe, because, I'm told, tempeh is better than tofu. Here's what I did. I followed the recipe, except I used a 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, because that's what I had. I rinsed the kidney beans. I also added a cup of corn, put sharp cheddar on top when served, and then added culantro , not cilantro because the latter is supposed to last longer in the frige, but taste the same. My wife loved the result, but I found it a little tame for chili. I therefore added Sriracha hot chili sauce (the one with the rooster on the bottle) and then, for me, the result was perfect. We also served the chili over brown rice, and perfecto! it was great. I will definitely do it again. JC

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