Vegan Habanero Chili

This hot, flavorful habanero chili is so tasty, even meat eaters will love it. It’s made with seitan, a vegan meat-alternative that crumbles just like ground beef, and absorbs the spicy flavors of the sauce. The recipe makes a whopping 10 servings, making it perfect for a party or for this week’s meal prep (just freeze the remaining portions). If you find habanero too spicy, you can substitute with jalapeño or bell pepper.

Vegan Habanero Chili

Vegan Habanero Chili

Total Time: 35 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 10 servings, about 1 cup each

Ingredients:
2 lbs. seitan
Nonstick cooking spray
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 habanero pepper, seeded and deveined, chopped (use gloves to handle)
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. sea salt (to taste; optional)
1 dash ground black pepper
1 14.5 oz can black beans, do not drain
1 14.5 oz can kidney beans, do not drain
2 medium tomatoes, chopped

Preparation:
1. Place seitan in food processor; pulse until it has the consistency of ground beef. Set aside.
2. Heat large skillet, lightly coated with spray over medium-high heat.
3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until translucent.
3. Add garlic, habanero pepper, and seitan; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until seitan is golden brown.
4. Add chili powder, paprika, salt (if desired), and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes.
5. Add black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture is heated through.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 171
Total Fat: 0 g
Total Carbohydrates: 23 g (Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 4 g)
Protein: 20 g

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