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Tempeh Chili

Tempeh Chili

I made tempeh chili last week, and it was great.  I love chili, especially on those cold and dark winter evenings. While there are quite a few chili recipes in my recipe collection, this was the first one that specifically calls for tempeh.

This tempeh chili recipe comes from the Alive magazine, which is a Canadian health and wellness mag.  The original recipe was way too large for me, so I cut it in half.

It freezes really well, so you might want to double the recipe for some easy freezer meals later on.

Using tempeh, while a little harder to find in my area, was very similar to using regular extra firm tofu.  If you can’t find tempeh, using tofu would work just as well.  Make sure you either mash it up well, or put it in the food processor.

Tempeh Chili


Tempeh Chili
Serves 5
A fabulous tempeh chili recipe to warm you from the inside.
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Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
3 hr
Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
3 hr
215 calories
23 g
0 g
9 g
14 g
2 g
239 g
265 g
5 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 265mg
Total Carbohydrates 23g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 carrots, diced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 onion, finely chopped
  5. 1 zucchini, diced
  6. 2 Tbsp (30 mL) chili powder
  7. 1 Tsp (8 mL) cumin
  8. 1 tsp (5 mL) oregano
  9. 1 tsp (5 mL) smoked paprika
  10. sea salt to taste
  11. 1 – 28 oz (398 mL) cans diced tomatoes, no salt added
  12. 1– 17 oz (250 g) packages tempeh, crumbled
  13. 1 cups (250 mL) cooked black beans
  14. 1/8 cup (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
  15. a good bunch of chopped cilantro for serving
  1. In large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, garlic, onions, zucchini, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, and salt.
  3. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until tender.
  4. Add tomatoes, tempeh, beans, vinegar, and 1 cup (250 mL) water.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Cover, and cook for 2 hours.
  7. Season with extra salt, if desired.
  8. Ladle into bowls and garnish with lots of cilantro.
  1. Optional: If you're lazy like me, you could just throw everything into a crockpot and cook on low for 7 or 8 hrs. Well, that's what I do.
Adapted from Alive Magazine
Adapted from Alive Magazine
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