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tempeh chili topped with sliced jalapeños

Tempeh Chili

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This tempeh chili is easy to make and so filling!


  • 1 package of tempeh (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed (or finely minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa


  1. Using your hands, crumble the tempeh into small pieces. I like to make the pieces about the width of a dime.* Set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add in the oil. Once the oil is warmed, add in the onion and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add in the garlic and crumbled tempeh and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently and being careful not to burn the garlic. Mix in the salt, pepper, chili powder, oregano, and cayenne. Stir until combined and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Mix in the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, and cocoa powder. Increase heat, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for at least 25 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  6. Once ready to eat, take off of the heat and garnish with some vegan sour cream, green onion, avocado, etc. ENJOY!


*think about how big chunks of beef would be in chili and aim for that size

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: chili
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 371
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 1280.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.4 g
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: vegan chili, tempeh chili, tempeh recipe