A hearty meatless Tim Hortons-style chili topped with cornbread. This recipe can easily be scaled up to serve more people.
- 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 1/3 cup chopped carrot
- ¼ cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup chopped green pepper
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- ¾ cup sliced button mushrooms
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup cooked kidney beans
- 1 cup diced, drained, canned tomatoes
- ¾ vegan “beef” crumbles (I recommend Gardein’s Beefless Crumbles)
- 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
- 1 ½ cups water
- 2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk
- 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp cornmeal
- 1 tsp ground flax seed
- 2 ½ tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp + ½ tsp vegetable oil (I used canola)
- ½ cup unbleached flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add red onion, carrot, celery, green pepper and garlic. Cook until onion appears translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add mushrooms, chili powder and salt. Cook until mushrooms begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Add kidney beans, tomatoes, "beef" crumbles, vegetable broth, and water. Turn heat to medium and simmer for 35 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Prepare cornbread batter.
- Divide chili between two Meal Mugs. Top with cornbread batter and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving (mug will still be hot!)
- Combine soy milk, cornmeal, ground flax seed and sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour (refer to Notes for best results with measuring flour), baking powder, and salt.
- Add soy milk/cornmeal mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
- Baking instructions: Top chili with cornbread batter and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Microwave instructions: Top chili with cornbread batter and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
For best results, make sure to measure your flour accurately! How to Measure Flour