Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cowboy Chili.

I finally got around to watching 'Brokeback Mountain' last night and aside from the fact that it made me weep, it put me in the mood for a hearty cowboy style chili. Got this recipe from Country Living website and veganized it by using tvp soy chunks instead of beef. It used corn masa mixed with water to thicken it in the end as well as pureed chiles that have been soaking which gives the chili an amazing red color. I'll post the recipe here with my substitutions.

Vegan Cowboy Chili

1 TB olive oil (plus a little more for later)
1 cup tvp chunks (plus boiling water to rehydrate)
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
14 oz. veggie broth or water
1 TB chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 cans beans (any kind), drained and rinsed
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
2 dried ancho chiles or any dried chiles you prefer
1 TB masa harina de maiz
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1 TB cider vinegar
1/4 tsp sugar

1. Rehydrate tvp chunks: Put tvp in a bowl and pour boiling water to cover. Let sit for a little while. You will know that they are hydrated when you squeeze a piece between your fingers. It will be soft. If it's still firm, let soak longer. Drain water and setr tvp aside.
2. Rehydrate ancho chiles: Place them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them about a cup.
2. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven. Saute onions on medium high until translucent about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add tvp chunks after they have been drained. Add a splash of olive oil and stir around to coat.
3. Add vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, beans and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30-40 minutes or longer.
4. Puree the chiles: Remove and discard stems. Place softened chiles and the soaking liquid in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth -- 2 to 3 minutes.
5. In a small bowl, whisk the masa and water together. Stir masa mixture into the chili. Add ancho chili mixture, salt and vinegar and sugar. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.


Anonymous said...

Where do you find your tvp? Also what brand is it? Great looking dish...too bad we can't at least smell it. Lol

kmouse said...

I get my tvp at a small health food store called Rainbow Acres and they buy it in bulk and package it for their store so I'm not sure where the tvp comes from originally. There's another brand called NOW which you can get online I think.

Thanks for the compliment! It smelled very spicy by the way.

Anonymous said...

I have been an anonymous fan of your blog for quite some time...don't lose the passion. You are awesome. ;-) I haven't used dehydrated tvp before. Thank you for the prompt response.

Izzy said...

All I can say is YeeeeeeHaaaw! Looks great!

Dulchinea said...

Hey, looks great.
Really like the film and especially Heath Ledger...
It really reminds me on the movie...
Thanks for the recipe, I'll try it.

"Grüße" from Germany

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Fahad Khan said...

I have been wanting to try a vegetarian chili with cornbread,this sounds amazing!:-) Thank you so much for sharing.
I wanted to know,is TVP same as soya chunks?Looks just like that.
P.S. Will you like to be the guest blogger at my blog?Feel free to let me know,but I am sure that you are super-talented and a vegan post will be much appreciated.Thanks.