Vegan Chili with Cashew Sour Cream

22 Jan

Vegan Chili

It’s freezing out and starting to snow. What’s better on a chilly night then chili? If you think vegan food can’t be hearty, you’re wrong. This is a smoky, not too spicy, chili featuring onions, garlic, quinoa, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, beans, and chipotle. The cashew sour cream is an awesome low-calorie dairy free substitute for regular sour cream and takes only a few minutes to make. This recipe makes 6 large bowl-fulls. Enjoy!

Chili Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 cups of chopped mixed mushrooms (I used shitake, trumpet, and oyster)
  • 1 can of black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of cannelloni beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of water, more if necessary
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of tumeric
  • 2 tsp of chili powder
  • coarsely ground sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp of canned chipotle sauce or chipotle in adobo
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste or concentrate

Chili Instructions:

In a large pot, heat oil on medium and saute onions, mushrooms, garlic, cumin, tumeric, salt, pepper, chili powder, chipotle for about 10 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked down and onions are softened, stirring occasionally. While onion mixture is cooking, blend can of cannellini beans and crushed tomatoes until smooth. When tomato/bean mixture is smooth, add to pot of onion mixture along with remaining beans, quinoa, tomato paste, water, sweet potato. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer on low heat. Let cook with lid on for about 30 minutes or until sweet potato is tender and quinoa is cooked through, stirring occasionally. If chili is too thick or dries while cooking, stir in more water. Adjust seasoning with additional salt or additional chipotle sauce for spiciness. Top with cashew sour cream (recipe take from The Sweet Life Vegan Blog).

Cashew Sour Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 4-6 hours
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Blend the soaked cashews with 1/2 cup water in a food processor or powerful blender until very smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined

Chili Nutritional Info per serving (2 cups)

Calories 490.8
Total Fat 10.2 g
Cholesterol 0 g
Sodium 536 mg
Total Carb 81.2 g
Dietary Fiber 20 g
Sugars 5.1 g

Protein 23.5 g
Nutritional info for Cashew Sour Crean per serving

Calories 99.7
Calories from Fat 71
Total Fat 7.9
Saturated Fat 1.5
Cholesterol 0.0
Sodium 75.5
Total Carbohydrate 6.0
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 2.6 g


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