Health out while you get your chili fix. This 4-bean chili caulicarne is entirely plant-based (vegan), oil-free and uber-tasty. Beans, baked cauliflower carne, tomatoes, peppers, onions, chili powder and a few ‘secret’ ingredients. Fill the chill!
Carne for the non-carnivore
The plant-based carne (‘meat’) part of this 4-bean chili caulicarne is brought to you by a simple combination of cauliflower, walnuts, mushrooms, chili powder, garlic powder and tamari (soy sauce). I still find it amazing that you can get substantive and savory cauliflower carne using your blender and oven. It’s a super easy way to add flavor, texture and ramp up your chili experience and it’s so versatile that you will always want it on hand for tacos, wraps, pasta sauces and more. Good thing it freezes well.
4-beans, one mission
A staple of any plant-based pantry should include a wide variety of beans (dried and canned). Even in my small kitchen, I find places to store them and when they go on sale, well, you might find a few cans stashed in a few unusual places. Enough said about that. My advice is to locate a brand and a spare (in case of emergencies) so you don’t have to spend time reading labels for added salt or other undesired additives.
Makeover secrets exposed
I spent decades making the same old chili – 4-bean chili caulicarne isn’t that. I decided that if I was going to ramp it up with four kinds of beans and caulicarne, then I couldn’t be satisfied with only good ol’ chili powder (as much as I rely on it). I did a bit of reflection, then some experimenting and I came upon what I now consider essential ingredients – apple cider vinegar and vegan Worcestershire sauce. Now a bit about that last ingredient. We highly recommend Henderson’s relish which is made in the UK. When our friend comes to visit via the ferry, we always have him bring a stock, but it is available online, so check it out.
New cooking discoveries we come upon along our journeys are secrets meant to be shared. Funny how one small shared culinary secret can make all the difference. And those secrets beget others and new perspectives. Sometimes they come back to you as new, creative iterations and then your horizon gets tilted. A culinary pay it forward. Peace.Print
4-bean chili caulicarne is entirely plant-based (vegan), oil-free and uber-tasty. Beans, baked cauliflower ‘meat’, tomatoes, peppers, onions, chili powder, apple cider vinegar and vegan Worcestershire sauce (try Henderson’s relish). Make this tonight.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. Tamari (soy sauce)
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
- 1 tsp. salt
- Preheat your over to 3500 F (1800 C)
- Trim the cauliflower and cut it into small florets.
- In your food processor combine the cauliflower, walnuts, mushrooms, chili powder, tamari, garlic powder and salt. Process the mixture until the ingredients are broken down.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Transfer the cauliflower mixture and place it in the oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes, toss the ingredients and bake for another 15 minutes or until brown.
· While the cauliflower carne bakes, prepare the chili
- Drain and rinse the beans, dice the onion and green pepper, in a small bowl combine the cumin, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder
- Grab a large sized pot and over medium heat sauté the onions and green pepper for about 5 minutes.
- Add the beans, tomatoes and the spice mixture and allow it to simmer.
- Once the cauliflower carne is done, add it to the pot, mix well and heat through.
- Add salt and pepper if desired and any additional spices to tantalize your taste buds.
- Grab some bowl and get your chili on!
Prepare the caulicarne a day (or two) in advance. You can freeze this so if you feel ambitious, make a double batch.
I’ve made a recommendation of beans, but by all means, create your own combinations.
Top off your chili with jalapenos, coriander (cilantro) or crushed tortilla chips.
Try chili over baked potatoes. Yum!
I’ve discovered that this chili is great in a wrap with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes (yes, a chili burrito).
- Category: Soups & stews
- Method: Bake/stove top
- Cuisine: Plant-based
Keywords: 4-bean chili caulicarne plant-based (vegan)