Vegetarian Chili aka Chili sin Carne

As I already mentioned we try to eat a lot healthier around here which also includes eating less meat. So to make this possible we try to combine meat favorites with a vegetarian twist. I heard a lot of great things about soy granulate which is an soy product, also called soy meat. This soy variant is excellent for replacing ground beef in recipes as Burgers, Bolognese sauce, Chili non Carne and other things usually made with ground beef.

Since it’s still winter (even though it’s not cold at all and you can walk around in T-Shirts) we were lusting after Chili. Instead of meat we gave the soy granulate a try and it’s actually quiet good! Even better on the next day as it is with meaty Chili. So I figured this dish is great for a meatless Monday!

If you want to give it a try you’ll find the recipe for this vegetarian dish below. You can even make it began if you just leave the sour cream topic out of the picture.

Since today is Monday let’s make it a meatless one. Meatless Monday’s have become a thing and I actually think it’s a great idea!

Chili sin Carne


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 100g soy granulate (it will expand to 2-3x it’s size)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • soured cream (or Quark), to serve
  • 1/2 vegetable stock cube
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 carrot

First soak the soy bits in vegetable stock for 5 minutes. Drain excess liquid. Set aside. Heat oil in a pot and add chopped onions fry until soft. Add the carrot and the prepared soy granulate. Stir until the soy gets slightly browned. Add the spices and let those brown a bit too for extra the aroma. About 30 sec. Add tomatoes and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Now add beans and corn and cook on a low heat for another 20 minutes, stir occasionally. Adjust the seasoning to your flavour. You could add more chilli powder for example to spicen things up.

Chili non Carne
We served it with freshly backed bread. You could also serve it with baguette or rice. We like to add a dollop of Quark (it’s a German sort of mix between yogurt and sour cream) or sour cream on top. Parsley would make a great addition as well. Sometimes we even like to add a small piece of dark chocolate into the mix. Trust me the flavour is bomb!


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