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Vegan Cincinnati Chili

  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soups, Stews, Chili
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Chili is a BIG deal in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they serve it up several different ways, so if you’re ready for your first 3-way….. you GOTTA try this Vegan Cincinnati Chili.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate (1 square)
    • or 2 1/2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup bulgar
  • 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 1 package of your favorite spaghetti (I use brown rice spaghetti)
  • Your favorite vegan shredded cheese (or use my cheese sauce here)

Instructions

  1. If using my cheese sauce – make it first
  2. Otherwise, add diced onion to a 6qt dutch oven
  3. Saute onion in a few tbs of water or veg broth until softened & slightly browned
  4. Stir in garlic
  5. Add water and veg broth
  6. Stir in tomato paste, vinegar, and worcestershire sauce, mix well
  7. Add chocolate and stir
  8. In a small bowl, whisk all remaining spices together, then stir them into the chili
  9. Add bay leaf
  10. Add bulgar, mix well, and increase heat to a low boil
  11. Reduce heat to low and let it simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring often
  12. During the last 15 minutes, add the rinsed beans
  13. Serve on top of spaghetti (see notes)

Notes

  • 2 Way – chili on spaghetti
  • 3 Way – chili, spaghetti, cheese
  • 4 Way – chili, spaghetti, cheese, beans OR diced onion
  • 5 Way – chili, spaghetti, cheese, beans AND diced onion
  • Traditional garnishes are hot sauce and oyster crackers

Like this recipe?  Tips & Donations are ALWAYS welcome!

Keywords: vegan cincinnati chili