4 servings (serving size: 2 cups chili, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and 1 tablespoon sour cream)

Something of a Luddite in the kitchen, I often cook my beans from scratch. This recipe, however, uses canned beans for a quicker meal. Living in New Mexico has inclined me to use pure ground chiles instead of chili powder, which is laced with garlic.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add tofu and 3/4 teaspoon cumin; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in soy sauce; cook 1 minute or until liquid evaporates. Remove tofu mixture from pan.

Step 2

Heat the oil in pan; add 3/4 teaspoon cumin, chopped onion, coriander, and oregano; sauté 4 minutes. Add tofu mixture, tomato paste, and next 5 ingredients (paste through garlic); stir well. Add water, beans, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Spoon chili into bowls; top each serving with cilantro and sour cream.

Ratings & Reviews

Margareta's Review

July 13, 2009
Wow! This chili is great. Make it during the summer to take advantage of fresh produce from the Farmer's Market. I added 2 c. grated carrots, 2 chopped zucchinis, 1 chopped green pepper and 1 c. chopped celery along with the onions. I used 14 oz. of Naysoy firm tofu that I froze overnight and thawed just before sauteing it in the Dutch oven. Freezing tofu makes it crumbly, like ground meat. Be sure not to put oil in the pan before you saute the tofu or you will get splattered with hot oil. I substituted black beans for the red kidney beans - just personal preference. Really fresh and yummy. A nice change of pace.

Zazzes's Review

May 10, 2013
Delicious! It was easy to make and we loved the spiciness. We added corn and a little ground beef and sprinkled it with grated cheddar. Yum.

sharird's Review

December 15, 2013
This was a great chili. Nice and thick with just enough spice. My husband and I both loved it!

Lara99's Review

February 11, 2012
This was simply the best chili I've ever made! I used lean, ground turkey in place of the tofu and worked out perfectly. My family loved it so much, we're making a second batch tomorrow!

mollyhollis's Review

January 30, 2012
This soup was super quick and easy to make. It's hearty and satisfying, without being heavy. I increased the chipotle chile by about a tablespoon, and I doubled the spices for more flavor. I think next time I will add corn, or other veggies. Overall, a great recipe!! It's perfect for lunch!