Vegetarian Tofu Chili Recipe

Vegetarian tofu chili
Vegetarian tofu chili.
    60 min
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This vegetarian (and vegan!) chili recipe packs twice the protein punch with both beans and tofu as well as plenty of flavor from chili powder, bell peppers, mushrooms and a touch of sugar to give it that little extra bit of something. I also like to add a touch of paprika into a vegetarian chili if I have some on hand, and I know a few vegetarians who swear by the flavor-enhancing properties of liquid smoke - add a dash or two right in there, if you'd like. 

Vegetarian chili is always a great idea to bring to a potluck, since it's easy to whip up a large batch. Freeze up any leftovers you have in portioned-out containers, to take into the office for a leftover lunch or, check out these ideas for what to do with leftover chili, or scroll down for a few more ways to make a batch of vegetarian chili.

See also: More homemade vegetarian and vegan chili recipes

What You'll Need

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 14 oz package of firm or extra firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can whole or diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 28 oz can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional but nice)

How to Make It

  • In a large pot, sautee the tofu in the vegetable oil over medium high heat for about 3 minutes. Add in the onions, green pepper, garlic, mushrooms, chili powder, salt and pepper, cayenne and cumin. Cook until the veggies are just barely tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Next, add in the tomato sauce, the whole or diced tomatoes, the kidney beans and sugar. Bring to a slow simmer. Cover and allow to cook for at least 45 minutes. Enjoy!

  • Makes 8 servings of homemade vegetarian and vegan tofu chili.

  • Got leftovers? Here's a few ideas for leftover chili.

  • Nutritional information, per serving (from Calorie Count):
    Calories: 486
    % Daily Value:
    Total Fat: 9.1g, 14% / Saturated Fat: 1.7g, 9%
    Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
    Sodium: 313mg, 13%
    Total Carbohydrates: 77.4g, 26%
    Dietary Fiber: 19.1g, 76%
    Protein: 28.9g
    Vitamin A 47%, Vitamin C 72%, Calcium 21%, Iron 49%

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