This is a great healthy alternative to regular chili. A heads up through, you need a few hours if you really want to get this simmering to perfection. Also, a note to my first time chili cookers you DO NOT have to follow the tablespoons of spices and sauces. That’s the beauty of cooking vs. baking: you don’t have to be exact.
I like my chili to burn my nose and make my eyes water. You may even think of some of your own favorite spices to add. Also, you may be thinking, “What the hell is sriracha sauce?” It’s delicious, that’s what it is! But in all seriousness you can find it at any supermarket, just head to the “foreign aisle.”
- 2 lbs of firm tofu
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 large bell pepper, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, diced
- 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon of oregano
- 2 tablespoons of seasoning salt (I prefer Lawry’s)
- ¼ chili powder
- 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons of Sriracha sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey or brown sugar
- 2-3 cups of shredded cheese (optional)
1. The first thing you need to do is freeze your tofu overnight. This is what gives it the consistency of ground beef. So, go freeze it, I’ll wait...
2. Ok now that our tofu is frozen its time to defrost. If you’re a huge procrastinator like myself and need to speed up the defrost process, fill your kitchen sink with hot water and let the tofu take a bath.
3. Once the tofu is done splashing around its time to fry it up! In a large cooking pan let your tofu, onion, garlic, salt and olive oil have a party. Once your onion looks like a piece of jellyfish (translucent) you’re done. Put that aside.
4. Now put the beans, tomatoes, pepper and vinegar in a large pot. Let this simmer for a few minutes. Throw in the tofu mix and add the spices. Mix well.
5. At this point we simply need time to let all of those spices get to know each other. Let your chili simmer, open a bottle of wine, start a game of Sudoku you’ll never finish or stalk your ex-boyfriend on Facebook; you’ll know best how to waste your time.
6. Check on the concoction every once in a while and give it a quick stir. Don’t forget to check the taste as well; you may want to add most zest. After about an hour or so it should be ready to eat.
7. Now invite all your meat-loving friends over and lie to them. Tell them you raised and slaughtered the cow yourself. Then after you’re all done eating, show them the tofu cases and watch the surprise wash over their faces.
Oh, you can also add cheese to each bowl.