By Hal Canary, 2005-02-27 18:58:46 (link)

I just made chili for the first time in my life. I didn't even try to follow a recipe, I just started with a canonical chili sin carne, but I couldn't help but make changes to the recipe as I went along. I added an extra bell pepper, because I like them a lot, and I added a bit of tofu, but not enought that you notice it. And I increased the amount of chili powder until I could taste it; then I added some more.

UPDATE 2005-03-01

Here is my mother's recipe:

Veggie Chili

makes 8 1-cup servings


  • 2 bell peppers - diced
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 12 ounces soy/meat alternative crumbles
  • 1 T chili powder ( or more to taste)
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

Bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes.

I would make the following alterations: use four ounces of tofu and a bunch of lentils. Use fresh tomatos instead of sauce. Double or triple the chili powder.