Vaquero Bean Tempeh Chili is one of the recipes in my upcoming book. This chili and the new book are both packed full of heirloom beans. In this recipe the heirloom star is vaquero beans. They are black and white and a relative to the anasazi bean and they are very tasty.
The lovely photo above was taken by my friend, and incredibly talented photographer, Renée Comet. Make sure to head over to her website and look at some of her other beautiful photos. I’m so lucky that she took all the photos for this book, and I had a blast doing the food styling for her!
Vaquero Bean Tempeh Chili Recipe From The Great Vegan Bean Book
This chili has a very rich, dark flavor from the combination of chiles. If you decide to buy heirloom beans from Rancho Gordo, be sure to order some of their yummy chili powders.
2 tablespoons olive oil (*use water or broth)
1/2 small onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces (225 g) soy tempeh, diced (**use seitan)
6 cups (1500 g) cooked Vaquero beans or 3 cans (15 ounces, or 420 g each) pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup (235 ml) water
1 can (14.5 ounces, or 406 g) diced tomatoes or 1 1/2 cups (270 g) chopped fresh
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon pasilla chile powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
Salt (smoked or plain)
Vegan sour cream **or Cashew Cream, for serving
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and sauté for a few more minutes.
Add everything else except the salt and sour cream. Cook over medium heat and turn to low as soon as it starts to simmer. Cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until piping hot. Taste and season with salt. Serve topped with vegan sour cream.
Yield: 6 servings
Total Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 40 to 50 minutes
This chili also has 3 different kinds of powdered chilies and tempeh in it to make it perfect for a cold not-quite winter’s day. You can also just substitute some pintos or black beans that you have in your pantry. The beauty of beans is that you can use fancy, special beans or more budget-friendly ones.