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Super Bowl Veggie Chili

Super Bowl Veggie Chili


Ah, it feels so GREAT being from New England. I mean, the fall, apple picking, summers on the Cape, the Red Sox, the Patriots... We just love to party for our home teams and our teams love to deliver. Ok, done bragging.

Back to the food.

Here’s a post just for the crowd pleasers. Some may or may not be IBD friendly, but that’s ok. If you love to host or cook, you understand that you need to always cook something for yourself on the side.

Here are a few oldies but goodies.

Better yet, these recipes are all set it and forget it, so you can prep everything in the morning and be ready for your guests when they arrive. And most importantly, you can socialize :)

And I promise, everyone will love any of these recipes you choose.

Veggie Chili

Whenever I cook this recipe, I never tell my guests that it’s vegetarian. Until after they eat it and tell me it’s delicious. Most people get kinda weirded out by the fake meat. But I love it! The texture and consistency, heartiness it adds to the dish, makes you not miss the meat at all!


  • 1 green pepper, diced

  • 1 red pepper, diced

  • 1 small red onion, diced

  • 4 garlic cloves, diced

  • 1/2 package of tempeh, crumbled

  • 2 cans of jalapeno pepper/ herb diced tomatoes

  • 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1/2 can of tomato paste

  • 3 Tbsp. EVOO

  • 1 package of organic tempeh

  • 1 can of organic black beans

  • 1 can of organic red kidney beans

  • 2-3 Tbsp. chili powder

  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper all to taste


  1. Dice all vegetables to prepare for the stock pot.

  2. Warm olive oil in a deep stock pot until shiny.

  3. Once the oil is heated, add vegetables and sauté until softened and onions are almost clear.

  4. Add the tempeh and stir.

  5. Add the canned tomatoes and tomato paste.

  6. Add the beans.

  7. Add in all the seasoning. Taste. Continue to season as necessary.

  8. Let sit for at least one hour, the water from the canned tomatoes will evaporate. If the whole tomatoes are still whole, crush them in the pot with the back of your wooden spoon.

  9. Top with any of your desired toppings! Cheese, hummus, avocado, sour cream, the options are endless.


Check out this other great recipe for Super Bowl Sunday!

Zucchini Carrot Meatballs

Zucchini Carrot Meatballs

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