Vegetarian Chili Verde


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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 219 per serving
Percent from Fat: 22%
Cusine: Mexican, Vegetarian
Course: Lunch, Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian, Vegan, Meditteranean
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Seitan (vegan meat substitute)

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Seitan contains more protein than tofu, and ounce for ounce has as much strength-building protein as a sirloin steak.

Culinary Taste Tip

Note that foods of the same color tend to taste good together, so use combinations of greens and beans accordingly in this chili for the best flavors.

Culinary Technique Tip

When preparing onions, using a sharp knife helps you release less of the compound that causes one to tear up.


1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1 cup chopped white onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8 ounce) package seitan (vegan meat substitute), such as Westbrae brand, cut into 1/4-inch chunks
12 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 cup tomatillo salsa or salsa verde, such as Frontera brand
2 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth, such as Imagine brand
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, undrained
1 (15 or 16 ounce) can no salt added navy, great northern or cannellini beans, drained, rinsed Optional garnishes: sliced pickled jalapeno chili peppers, diced ripe avocado, chopped cilantro, dried Mexican oregano


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; saute 3 minutes. Add garlic, seitan and cumin; saute 3 minutes. Add salsa; saute 5 minutes. Add broth and chilies; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in beans; simmer 5 minutes. Ladle into shallow bowl; garnish as desired.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 5.3 - Fat calories (kc): 46 - Cholesterol (mg): 0 - Trans fatty acids (g): 0 - Saturated fat (g): 0.5 - Polyunsaturated fat (g): 0.9 - Monounsaturated fat (g): 2.5 - Fiber (g): 8.8 - Carbohydrates (g): 25 - Sugar (g): 3.4 - Protein (g): 18 - Sodium (mg): 675 - Calcium (mg) 99.

Comments on Vegetarian Chili Verde

From: AnnIrani

Is the above correct? 12 teaspoons grnd cumin or is it 1-2 teaspoons?

From: misterg

I'd say - add to taste. Some people just don't like that flavour. I love it but I would put in 1-2 tbls only

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