Award Winning Vegetarian Chili
This Vegetarian Chili really did win an award! It was a nice shiny trophy for the best Vegetarian Chili evah! Well OK, not really, but close! My son Brad entered my chili in the Country Home Chili Cook-Off Contest in Vergennes, Vermont while he was working there in 2003. When he came home with this trophy, I was shocked! I asked him if I was the only one entered, and he laughed and said there were plenty of contestants, but mine was the best. He loves his Mom, so of course he tells me what I want to hear!! Click here for my Award Winning Vegetarian Chili Recipe.
What is TVP?
This yummy chili has all the standard ingredients in it. Onions, peppers, garlic, beans, tomatoes, spices and TVP. WHAT? What is TVP? TVP is short for Textured Vegetable Protein. It's a soy product that mimics all sorts of meat. The first impression you'll get when you see this *interesting* food(?) is that it looks like dried dog food chunks. I know, appetizing isn't it? It all depends what you reconstitute it with. I soak mine in a mixture of BBQ sauce and boiling water, so it has a nice smoky flavor when it's all done. You can find TVP in health or natural health food stores like Whole Foods. It comes in chunks or small granuals. Its a great source of protein, so if you're a vegetarian, TVP will help get your protein. Because it's dried, it weighs virtually nothing, and it keeps for a very long time if stored in sealed dry containers or zip-lock bags. TVP is one of those foods that's good to have on hand just in case the lights go out!
Vegetarian Chili or Hamburger Chili, You Decide!
I've been making this Vegetarian Chili for many, many years. How many? I don't have enough fingers and toes to count that high! I can see the confused and quizzical look on your face that leaves you thinking, "Was Donna 10 or 15 when she started making this chili?" Yes, believe whatever you want. John and the kids always loved when I made my chili. But I would pay dearly from the nuclear fallout - the stinky cloud that would engulf our home - just hours after we got up from the table.
Meat-Lovers Chili Too!
For all your meat-loving friends, you can make this chili with hamburger, ground turkey, sausage or chicken too. Just brown the meat with the onions, peppers and garlic before you add the rest of the ingredients. I add corn and fresh cilantro to mine as a variation and serve it over brown jasmine rice. Add a pan of cornbread and dinner is served! You'll love it. I know you will!
So...click here for my Award Winning Vegetarian Chili Recipe.