Vegan Chili Con Carne

Vegan Chili Con Carne
20 min
2 hr
Makes 6 to 8 servings

• Vegan recipes do not use any ingredients of animal origin including eggs, dairy, or honey.
• Recipes are vegan when prepared with the specified ingredients.


  • 6 slices SWEET EARTH Enlightened Foods Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon
  • 16 ounces SWEET EARTH Enlightened Foods Awesome Grounds
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) amber beer
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole plum tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, plus more if needed
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce


Step 1
Cook the Benevolent Bacon™ in a large, lightly oiled saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a paper towel-lined plate and let cool, then crumble and set aside. Increase the heat to medium high, add the seitan and cook about 5 minutes (stirring occasionally). Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon; wipe out the pan.
Step 2
Heat olive oil in the saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and 1 teaspoon salt and cook 2 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the tomato paste is brick red, about 6 minutes (add a splash of water if the mixture begins to stick). Add the beer and simmer until almost completely reduced, about 3 minutes.
Step 3
Stir in the Awesome Grounds; add the cocoa powder, tomatoes, vegetable broth and beans and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chili thickens slightly, about 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Step 4
Stir the hot sauce into the chili and season with salt. Add some vegetable broth if the chili is too thick. Ladle into bowls and top with the crumbled Benevolent Bacon™, vegan shredded cheese, scallions and/or vegan sour cream.