This is one of my go-to recipes… so incredibly flexible and delicious. I’ve made it with every kind of bean and it’s always good. I do like it best with kidney beans. I added cashews and raisins to make it more like a cherished food memory, the chili at the original Einstein Brothers Bagels in Chicago, just off Michigan Avenue.
I am proud to contribute to Meatless Monday, a nonprofit initiative started in 2003 and supported by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It echoed the popular effort during World War I to help the country use less meat and other staples which supported the war effort.
If you don’t have TVP (texturized vegetable protein) in your pantry, no worries. The beans provide plenty of protein as is. Serve over brown rice for a filling and delicious meal. Make sure the TVP is made from soy alone, if you’re gluten-free. (And organic and non-GMO, for your health. Bob’s Red Mill TVP or TSP is both.)
The renovation: The original recipe came from Shape Magazine. I have swapped out the ground turkey for TVP, and agave syrup instead of brown sugar, and added cashews and raisins.
1 T. (15 ml) olive oil
2 large cloves garlic
1/2 large onion
1 C. (225 g) TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
2 T. (10 g) chili powder
1/2-1 t. (1-2 g) chipotle powder
28 oz. (800 g) crushed tomatoes
15 oz. (430 g) kidney beans, rinsed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 C. (225 g) diced carrot
1/2 C. (115 g) cashews
1/2 C. (115 g) raisins
1 t. (5 ml) agave or maple syrup (can omit for diabetics)
Pinch sea salt (omit for low-sodium diets)
chopped scallions (green onions)
Heat one cup of water (microwave is fine). Add the TVP and let sit while you are doing everything else.
Prep the vegetables: Mince the garlic, slice the green onion, dice the red pepper, onion, and carrot.
In a large skillet with a lid, heat oil and saute onion and carrot for five minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in chili powder and chipotle if using and cook 1 more minute. Add rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 30+ minutes.
Serve over brown rice. You can top with chopped scallions, light sour cream, cashew sour cream, or shredded cheddar or soy cheese to the top.