Did you know that a great many vegan chili recipes involve only using soy sauce? It may seem strange to choose to eat something made with an all-natural ingredient as a healthy remedy for your food, but there are many reasons to do this. Soy sauce has many health benefits and is a safe alternative to using mayonnaise, another common cooking agent. It is easily prepared by anyone, even people who are not particularly interested in vegans.
Of course, there are also a number of other excellent vegetarian chili recipes that use ingredients such as tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, corn, tofu, and a variety of other spices and flavors. There is certainly nothing wrong with making these dishes. In fact, they can be quite tasty. Here, I will share some tips on how to modify your existing favorite recipes to include vegetables without compromising the original flavor.
Vegan Chili Recipes
First of all, many vegan chili recipes will already have added color to the mix by the addition of tomatoes or chili powder. While it is certainly true that many people do enjoy the natural flavor of these ingredients, you may want to tone them down a bit. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this. For example, you can omit the tomatoes from the mixture altogether and instead substitute with tomatoes, beans, tofu, or corn. You can also add a bit of heat to the blend by increasing the pepper or adding additional spices, such as chipotle or chili powder, to the mix. You can also take away the beans and replace them with broccoli florets, for a chunky texture.
Another way to round out your new blend of bean-based chili is to toss in some black beans. Try using the refined kind, which is healthier than the fried variety and goes well with the sweet potatoes. To make the refried beans even tastier, consider adding some sour cream, guacamole, or cheddar cheese to the mix. Other good options include canned light brown sugar, salsa, and fresh chopped veggies.
If you like peppers, but not hot peppers, consider drizzling on some oil and incorporating a variety of flavorings. First, try a bit of cumin to give your dish a kick. Next, delve into using kidney beans for a wonderful combination of flavor and texture, with the mild, piquant punch of the pinto beans balanced out by the hint of spice in the black beans. Don’t worry about adding salt, as the refried beans already have that in place.
A Much Ado
If you are looking for an exciting new twist on your old vegan chili recipe, consider spicing it up with a spicy cashew cream sauce. This creamy dairy sauce is full of nuttiness but has only a mild amount of heat, making it perfect for any number of chili recipes. To add the cream to the mix, simply cook the cashews until they are a light golden brown, and then add the cream to the mix. You can use this delicious sauce in a number of creative ways, including pasta salads, bean dips, bean burritos, or even as an alternative to ranch dressing. Cashew cream is surprisingly mild, yet has a host of flavors to offer.
If you find that your taste buds are not quite in a frame of mind when it comes to chiles, consider creating a variation on your original recipe. Perhaps you could add another chili pepper to the mix, or even smother them with a creamy avocado sauce. Another idea is to create a creamy cashew “mock” tail, then stir in some maple syrup to bring out the true flavor of the beans. This type of recipe will fool even the most seasoned chili pepper fan and is a quick and easy way to up the spice level of your vegan chili recipe. Adding a little flavor to your favorite chili recipe is always fun, and will add even more appeal to your food.
By using kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, and a variety of other ingredients, you can create a vegetarian chili recipe that can rival the best chili in the world. By cooking your foods in a variety of different environments, and then using different spices to bring out the flavor, you can easily make vegan chili recipes that are unique and delicious. And since you are eating a plant-based diet, the addition of some spicy peppers to your meals should be no trouble at all.