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 this week’s meal prep and several more dinners in the future, just freeze the remaining portions.
If you find habanero too spicy, you can substitute with jalapeño or bell pepper.
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Vegan Habanero Chili
Even meat eaters will love this spicy Vegan Habanero Chili made with seitan, which crumbles just like ground beef and absorbs the flavors of the sauce.
- 2 lbs. seitan
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 habanero chile seeded and deveined, chopped (use gloves to handle)
- 1 tsp. ground chili powder
- ½ tsp. ground paprika
- ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt to taste; optional
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1 (15-oz.) can black beans do not drain
- 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans do not drain
- 2 medium tomatoes chopped
Place seitan in food processor; pulse until it has the consistency of ground beef. Set aside.
Heat large skillet, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.
Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until transluscent.
Add garlic, habanero, and seitan; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until seitan is golden brown.
Add chili powder, paprika, salt (if desired), and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 additional minutes.
Add black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture is heated through.
- If the habanero chile is too spicy for you, substitute it with a jalapeno.
- Serve chili on top of cooked whole grain pasta (½ cup). Any remaining chili can be frozen to be reheated at a later time.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.