The 4th of July is less than a week away and I am gearing up for a chili taste off at this year’s family gathering. Each year, a family friend brings his beef chili and swears it’s the best ever. This year, I dared him to send me the recipe so that I could veganize it. After veganizing my pre-vegan meat sauce with fabulous success, I know I could do more than justice to his recipe with my vegan version. Oh, it is so on!
Does your family celebrate the 4th with chili? It has become one of the staples on our menu alongside the carnivorous mainstays on the grill (I will be bringing Tofurkey’s Kielbasa sausages), along with a Caesar salad. I don’t know what it is about chili that is so all-American, but so it is. Whether it is ladled in a bowl with some cornbread or smothered on top of a veggie dog, chili evokes those warm fuzzy feelings of backyard barbecues, family fun, and summers outside.
I am always collecting chili recipes, in search for the chili holy grail! In a pinch, Trader Joe’s or Amy’s Kitchen’s canned vegan version is a life saver. In fact, my family loves it so much that we eat it once a week. My kids like to top their baked potatoes with it!! Still, there is nothing like a fresh pot cooking on the stove – that smoky aroma makes me hungry just thinking about it. My slow cooker chili recipe is an easy go-to in my house, but I recently received a prize copy of Baconish by Leinana Two Moons and am dying to try the Baconish Bean Chili recipe in her book. Check out my full cookbook review next week.
Are you in the market for a batch of chili this 4th of July? Lucky for you, I have rounded up several vegan chili recipes to inspire you. Browse them below and let me know the one you are most likely to try.
by Minimalist Baker
by Robin Robertson
by Post Punk Kitchen
by Plant Powered Kitchen
by Oh She Glows
What does your family eat at their 4th of July gatherings? Please tell me in the comments below!
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