Vegan Game Day Chili
If you haven’t noticed, it’s that time of year again. Football game time that is — an annual tribute to America’s favorite sport and love of junk food. That’s where my recipe for Vegan Game Day Chili comes in. Unfortunately, most tailgate and game day party-goers are going to be greeted by tables crammed with highly processed and relentlessly marketed foods that tantalize our taste buds. What’s the biggest myth about these foods? The only way to get great-tasting food is from a box or bag! In fact, some processed food manufacturers have gone so far as to say real food tastes bad! You and I know that’s simply untrue, and this recipe proves that healthy food is delicious food!
Vegan Game Day Chili with Sweet Potato & Black Beans
Although this is a vegan chili recipe, you don’t need to go shouting that from your rooftop — unless all your guests are vegan. Made with black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and garlic and seasoned with Wildly Organic Cacao (yes, cacao!), smoked paprika, and chili powder, you’re going to love this dish. Truly, this Vegan Game Day Chili recipe is so good, even your most die-hard meat lovers will be converts! Not only is it hearty, but it’s also got a delicious mix of sweet and savory tastes that will have them coming back for more. Garnished with roasted sweet potatoes, avocados, green onions, and cilantro, this colorful chili also looks AMAZING! And if you want, feel free to set out some sour cream and shredded cheese for your non-vegan friends — but honestly, those aren’t necessary. While I’m not vegan, I do love eating healthy, and I believe eating real, unprocessed foods leads to a much healthier, happier life. Yes, real food does take a little longer to make, but it sure is worth it!
What are your favorite game day foods? Do you serve healthy party foods?
Bruce Bradly, Guest Blog Contributor Bruce Bradley is a former processed food marketer turned real food fan who blogs about what’s really in your food, how to make better food choices, and shares recipes that help you eat healthier! Bruce also has written a popular thriller, FAT PROFIT$, about a corrupt food company that will stop at nothing to become a Wall Street darling!
- 3tablespoons Wildly Organic Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil
- 1 medium onionchopped
- 1 large red or orange bell pepperchopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2-3tablespoons Wildly Organic Cacao Powder
- 2teaspoons Chili Powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Wildly Organic Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 4-1/2cups cooked black beansor 3 cans organic black beans
- 115-ounce can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
- 3cups vegetable broth
- 2cups cornfresh or frozen
- 3tablespoons Wildly Organic Coconut Sugaror maple syrup
- more salt and pepperto taste
Preheat oven to 425F.
Toss cubed sweet potatoes with melted coconut oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bake on rimmed baking tray turning every 15 minutes for about 30 to 40 minutes (or until browned). Remove from oven.
While sweet potatoes are roasting, melt 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.
Add chopped peppers and garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.
Season with cacao powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, and sea salt. Stir thoroughly.
Add in cooked black beans, diced tomatoes, broth, and corn. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
Add optional maple syrup/coconut sugar and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
Serve warm with roasted sweet potatoes and other optional garnishes
- diced avocados
- diced onions
- diced green onions
- sour cream
- grated cheese
- chopped cilantro
- cheese or sour cream if you're not vegan
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