Chili for your chill: Vegetarian Frito Pie

by jane arie baldwin

I have made some additions to the chili and some improvements to the instructions. Now it’s better than ever.

Jane Arie Baldwin

First couple of cold days in a row here.  Had to share this recipe. Enjoy!

P.S. Don’t share this with any of my fellow Texas relatives.  If my dad finds out I’m making no-meat chili with beans and texturized vegetable protein I will never hear the end of it.  (Shhh…thinking about serving it to him at Thanksgiving!)




1 ½ cups Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP)

1 cup water or broth heated


2 ½ Tbsp. oil

1 onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped

6 cloves garlic, preferably roasted

Make Dry Spice Mixture

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

2-3 Tbsp. chili powder*

2 tsp. cumin powder

¼ tsp. cinnamon

1 piece Mexican chocolate**, broken into pieces or grated

1 Tbsp. fresh ground coffee, dark roast or espresso

Add Liquids

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp…

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