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Wally’s Vegetarian Chili

Midterms looming. Essays calling. Homework knocking… I invited a few friends over to de-stress, and together we cooked up Wally’s Chili while listening to music and relaxing. After my friends went home, I turned back to my other good friends– the essays, midterms, and homework. But now with renewed energy.

Wally’s Vegetarian Chili

(For the story on this chili, click here)

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 16oz extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled (for soy-free, just substitute another can or two of beans)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp hot sauce, or more if desired
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 19oz can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 19oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 19oz can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 14oz cans tomato sauce
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons chili powder

Saute the first four ingredients over medium heat. Add the tofu, cumin, hot sauce, salt, and pepper, and saute until crisp and lightly browned (10 minutes). Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 45 to 55 minutes. Really good when served with creamy polenta:

Creamy Polenta

  • 1 cup polenta (I use whole-grain)
  • 3 cups milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon butter-type spread of choice

Bring milk of choice and salt to a boil. Add polenta and buttery spread (if using), and reduce heat. Cook slowly for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for a couple of minutes. Serves 3-4.

Published on February 16, 2008

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  1. Vegan_Noodle says

    Best of luck on your midterms!! Oh I really don’t miss those (although there’s lots about school I do miss) An afternoon off sounds like just the way to give you the energy to get back to studying! Those corn muffins look tasty…

  2. Ruby Red Vegan says

    Ah, corn muffins and chili! That’s a great way to de-stress…sounds like you had fun. Where’s the picture of your nails, hmmm? 😉

    Too bad homework and essays are not friends with me. I’d call them enemies, in fact. Hehe.

  3. Virgo Girl says

    Cool, you just inspired me to de-stress in the kitchen. There is nothing like good food to energize and facilitate focus!

  4. Bonnie says

    Excellent. De-stressing is important, and those muffins look like a perfect way to do just that. Good luck with the midterms, essays and homework! I’m glad it’s not completely killing you. That photo makes me smile, you both look so happy!

  5. mustardseed says

    I emphasis how pretty you are again.

    Ah I remember how happy I was when I found out oreos were vegan! They’re like a universal key ingredient in deserts! Before that I thought being vegan was going to be so tough.

    I love Isa’s sunny corn muffins, they rock! But I haven’t made these much cause I was scared of 1/2 a cup of oil in just 12 muffins.

  6. Melody Polakow says

    Sounds like a great balance… I’m sure that delicious food fueled your brain and the fun time with friends gave you a nice break..

    Good luck!

  7. Lizzy says

    That chili looks and sounds delicious. And I’ve always wanted to try corn muffins!

    Hopefully college isn’t too stressful! At least you have the best food and great friends to give you the enrgy you need =)

  8. Ricki says

    I love corn muffins (they’re so versatile–either sweet OR savory!), and the combo of those plus chili sounds perfect for studying/de-stressing. Good luck on the midterms. I can relate, from the other side, at least–all the marking!! 😉

    Thanks, too, for your comment on my blog–it is much appreciated!

  9. Veg-a-Nut says

    I love chili! My left overs I turn into goulash, but adding some ww pasta and corn. So good anytime of the year. Those corn muffins looks great!

  10. Sophie says

    what a lovely picture!! Two happy beautiful vegans (or your friend isn’t?)!!!
    I do believe being vegan changes our body image and makes us seem so much more at ease with our body!

  11. Ruby Red Vegan says

    I was highly amused by your story about eating Ethiopian with your dad! You’re lucky you have a raging metabolism. 🙂 I’ve been dreaming about Ethiopian food ever since dinner on Friday, and I’ll definitely be going back soon. It’s so fun to eat from a communal plate, but I want to follow your example and order a big old combo plate for myself!

    I actually used to drink decaf 100% of the time, but I became more lenient and then got myself semi-addicted to caffeine over the past couple of months. A fully-caffeinated latte just makes me feel so good and happy! I can see why you say caffeine gets to you, and I know it’s not very healthy…
    So I just have a little every day and try to take care of myself as best I can in other ways!

  12. Theresa says

    Midterms? Seriously?! It seems so early in the year. Wasn’t new year’s eve, like, last weekend or something?

    Anyways, it looks like you de-stressed in the best way possible. I think corn bread/muffins is my ultimate comfort food. Especially warm from the oven.

  13. pleasantly plump vegan says

    i’m glad to hear yr taking a break from midterm stuff. chili and corn muffins sound like the perfect enery booster.

  14. Jackie says

    Good luck with the exams. Comfort food is a must as it uplifts the spirits so does wonders in getting the brain cells going 🙂

  15. Ashasarala says

    What an awesome way to de-stress. Food and friends- nothing beats that. It keeps ya sane!

    Good luck on those midterms. 🙂

  16. LJ says

    Thank you for sharing these awesome recipes. i’m feeling inspired and that’s what i need! I like easy, healthy, delicious and local ingredients. I’ve printed copies of genius blondies, one minute chocolate cake (which i think might take me 5 but that’s ok), frosting, whipped cream, boatmeals (pumpkin and cinnamon) and the pumpkin latte.

    From your pictures you look so super gorgeous. So cute and radiant. I can tell you practice what you preach! Your blogs are really good reads too. I’m sure you’re a very cool person to hang out with . Thanks again for all the sharing!

    Laura Jane

  17. Paige says

    I have to make the polenta with your sweet potato chili! YUM! I am just a bit confused about the recipe. When you say polenta do you mean corn meal or the finished product that you buy in a tube? Thanks for the amazing recipes!

  18. Trish @ MyBigFatBundt says

    This was awesome chili! Perfect blend of the spices and no fuss. I did make my own beans, just used one kind, and then pureed my own tomatoes with some tomato paste. Turned out so thick and rich. The carnivorous husband, although going 30 days without meat, wanted some meat…so I cooked half with some ground beef (came from a personal source, so I know the cows were given wonderful lives, and they never see the inside of a slaughter house alive), and my half I just added in some extra veggies and served over steamed potatoes. Can’t do tofu because of of the unfermented soy, but there are tons of other filling things that could be used. Yummy, yummy.

  19. Angie says

    Is one cup/8 oz a serving of this chili? I could probably eat the entire pot so I’m curious what a normal person’s portion should be!

  20. Mar says

    I wish your web site had a print for your recipes.
    It would be so much easier. No copy and paste all the time.
    Great Recipes Thanks

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