I have made this recipe numerous times--even had the recipe requested by guests to whom I fed it! I have trouble finding good vegan sausage, so I use chicken sausage. I love the wine flavor (even though it doesn't have chili powder and therefore doesn't taste like chili)
Yes, like the other reviewers, not a chili, a thick soup. Pretty spicy for my kids, but would use less pepper next time. Had with corn bread muffins and my kids had some cheddar cheese on top to help with the spice (though obviously no longer vegan).
This is really tasty and although I agree it is more stewlike than most chilis, I still get a chili flavor in a loose sense. And I think the combination of white wine, sage, and crushed red pepper is interesting! It's quite spicy! The taste of the base broth is nice and complex. I did cheat and use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth though (I'm a flexitarian -- and lazy -- after all). For those of you who are wondering, I used the Field Roast Chipotle vegan sausage and it is OK. Basically, it is chipotle flavored seitan, which I already knew I liked.
Was this actually tested in a test kitchen before publishing? Barely a chili - as others have said, it's a soup. And just OK at that - spice this thing up as it doesn't have much flavor on it's own.
Rating it a 3 as a chili, but 5+ as a soup! Was not chili like at all for some reason (followed recipe as is, except I could only find Italian sausage style vegan sausage).. I added some basil at the end as well- then a grating of Parmesan after I tasted it (was more like bean, kale and sausage soup).. delicious recipe, just not chili by any means! Maybe the sausage is the only thing that gives it the chili taste and without it I just had soup... but delicious soup :)