Today I’d like to share my new recipe for vegan chili with barley.
I know – chili is supposed to be a wintertime meal, a perfect dish for those long, dark evenings when you’re all cozy on the couch with a hot steaming bowl of this velvety goodness…
Well, I’ve never been a fan of limiting deliciousness, so why not give it a try in the summer?
I first read about the idea of adding a hearty grain to a vegan chili recipe in Scott Jurek’s book, Eat and Run. In the book, Scott admits to never having liked chili before until he tried a chili recipe with grains.
According to Scott, grains can give a vegan chili that heartiness that meat-based chili has. He provides a recipe that he calls Minnesota Winter Chili and suggests using bulgur wheat along with beans and other ingredients.
I’ve had my own chili recipe for a few years when I was still eating meat. It always came out perfect but was too time-consuming since you have to simmer meat chili for hours to let all of the ingredients blend together. I was intrigued to try substituting a grain for meat…
It took a few attempts to make it just right, but finally I have it!
My Three Bean Barley Chili is perfectly hearty, filling, smoky, spicy, but never so heavy that you have to take a nap after having a couple bowls. Hooray to the power of plants!
Also, see my high protein vegan chili recipe made with textured vegetable protein (TVP) and sweet potatoes.
- 2 cups cooked beans*
- 1/3 cup barley
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 parsnip, diced (optional)
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp vegan BBQ sauce, store-bought or homemade**
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth*** or water, plus more to cover the bottom of the pan
- 1 dried smoked chipotle pepper
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 Tbsp paprika
- salt, pepper to taste
- Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add a couple Tbsp of vegetable broth or water to the bottom of the pan. When the broth/water start bubbling, add onions, celery, carrots, and parsnip. Saute for 5-7 min until the vegetables are soft, adding more broth/water if necessary.
- In a separate saucepan, bring the rest of the broth/water to a boil.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except for salt and pepper) to the big pot with the celery-carrot mix. Stir well, cover with the boiling broth/water until the vegetables are just covered.
- Let simmer for 25-35 min, adding more broth/water if the chili starts getting too thick. Add salt and pepper towards the end.
- Fish out the chipotle pepper and discard if you prefer a milder chili. If you like it spicy, cut off 1/2 of the chipotle and mash really well, then add back to the pot. Want it fiery spicy? Mash up and use the whole thing!
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Serving Size:1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 7gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g
Please note that the provided nutritional information data is approximate.
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