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Tofu chili is a fantastic and easy vegan chili recipe that's bursting with flavour, fire, and spice. Our totally meat-free dish is a new take on the classic chili con carne, but it's entirely plant-based!

You'll need plenty of chili powder, a lot of spices, and our secret meatless chili ingredient: extra-firm tofu. Fire up the skillet, get your press for tofu ready, and start chopping up those chilis and peppers. Spicy tofu recipes are a great winter warmer, so keep reading to find out how to prepare this vegan delicacy!

Here's our fiery, spicy, tofu chili recipe!

    Tofu chili preparation tips

    How to crumble tofu?

    For tofu to work well as a meat-free alternative to the ground beef that's used for chili con carne, you need to ensure that you crumble the tofu into the dish.

    The best way to do this is by using your hands. Simply break off chunks and stir them straight into the other ingredients. Keep stirring to break up the tofu, and you'll soon have crumbled tofu that has a consistency that's similar to ground beef.

    Another important step to take is freezing, then thawing your tofu before you even begin cooking with it. This gives the tofu a much chewier texture while also making it easier to crumble. 

    How spicy is tofu chili?

    Tofu chili can be prepared as spicy as you like. We like our recipe to have quite a kick to it, especially when we're making it as a winter warmer. The extra spice also helps to give the tofu more flavour, making this a great meat-substitute. 

    Of course, if you don't like spice, then you can leave out the cayenne chili powder, as this is where most of the spice comes from. Keep taste testing as you add the chili powders, and make sure you don't overdo it if you're not keen on a fiery chili.

    Alternatively, if you love your chili to be super spicy, then add more cayenne pepper powder to the dish. You can even add in freshly chopped habaneros or fresh cayenne peppers if you want to up the spice levels of our vegetarian chili recipe!

    What toppings can I serve with tofu chili? 

    You can serve your tofu chili with a delicious array of toppings and side dishes to complement the meal. You can easily cook up a bowl of rice to accompany the tofu chili, or you can prepare a green and leafy side salad if you're looking for a fresh, light, summer taste. 

    We also like adding sliced avocado, chopped scallions, and of course, some vegan cheese. Sauces won't go amiss either, and we'd recommend vegan sour cream, cashew cream, or some vegan yogurt to take away the spicy edge of the tofu chili. 

    You can also use the tofu chili as a great filling for other Tex-Mex style dishes. Tofu chili goes great with tortillas, and you could wrap it up with vegan cheese, rice, and vegan sour cream for a delicious, spicy burrito, fajita, or taco. 

    You could even use your spicy tofu chili to make nachos. Place a layer of tortilla chips in a baking dish, add your tofu chili, then top with vegan cheese. Bake in the oven until you have crispy, golden brown vegan nachos.

    What can I do with the leftovers?

    If you've got any leftovers, then you can safely keep them stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days before you need to eat it or throw it away. We suggest transferring the leftovers to a resealable container or a Ziploc bag.

    When you're ready to reheat the leftovers, you're best slowly heating through the tofu chili on the stovetop. Keep the heat low to medium and keep stirring. Add some fresh chili or some extra chili powder if you want to keep it spicy.

    You can serve your leftovers with freshly cooked rice, or you can add the chili to tortillas to prepare some spicy tofu tacos or tofu chili burritos. Another great option for leftovers is tofu chili nachos!

    Can I freeze leftover tofu chili?

    You can also freeze your leftover tofu chili if you're not sure when you're going to want to eat the remainder of the dish. Tofu chili will freeze well and should keep for up to 6 months if stored correctly.

    Make sure to keep your tofu chili in a resealable container or a Ziploc bag. We suggest dividing any leftovers up into individual portions and freezing each portion separately. This makes it easier when you're ready to defrost the chili.

    Try to thaw the tofu chili on the side, but if you're in a rush, you can defrost it in the microwave on low power. For the best results, reheat the tofu chili on the stovetop once it's been allowed to thaw. 

    How spicy do you like your tofu chili?

    How spicy do you like your tofu chili? This great recipe is totally meat-free, and it can be made as spicy as you like. Add your favourite toppings, wrap up the leftovers in tortillas, or smother your vegan chili all over those nachos.

    Why not bookmark our tofu chili recipe for the next time you're craving a little spice in your life?                                         

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