Reader recipe Rich, Hearty Vegetarian Chocolate Stout Chili
Sophia Pflieger
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Rich, Hearty Vegetarian Chocolate Stout Chili

I chose this dish because it is so rich and satisfying, that even the biggest meat-eaters wouldn't miss the meat. It's hard to find a good vegetarian Chili Recipe, and I believe this is the best out there. It focuses on complex flavors and it screams "Canadian". A big bowl of chili is the ultimate comfort food. I serve this will a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream on top, and a sprig of fresh cilantro. And of course with one of my Honey Buttermilk Beer Buns (recipe follows) on the side. This is hands-down the best vegetarian chili out there!

By Sophia Pflieger

Source: Sophia Pflieger

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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  • Prep time 45 Minutes
  • Cook time 1.5 Hours
  • Portion size 6


Honey Buttermilk Beer Buns

  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupfiltered or spring water, warmed to a little above room temperature
  • 2 tsp 2tsplocal Canadian honey
  • 2 tsp 2tsptraditional yeast, for best results
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupsoy milk or dairy milk
  • 1 tsp 1tspfresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupCanadian honey lager beer
  • 2 cups 2cupsunbleached white flour
  • 3 cups 3cupswhole wheat flour


  • 1 tbsp 1tbspsoy milk or dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspfresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplocal Canadian honey
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspnon-hydrogenated margarine or butter
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspCanadian honey lager beer
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Vegetarian Chocolate Stout Chili

  • 2 tsp 2tspcanola oil
  • 1 1medium red pepper, diced
  • 1 1medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 1large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 3large cloves garlic, crushed or finely grated
  • 3 3chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, in the Mexican aisle of your grocer
  • 2 cups 2cupsCanadian Dark Stout beer, (look for one with chocolate and coffee notes)
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupbrewed coffee, or 1/2 tsp instant coffee added to 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cup70% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspcocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cuplocal Canadian maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspgood quality vegetable bouillon powder, or 2 cubes
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspcumin powder
  • 2 tsp 2tspcoriander powder
  • 2 tsp 2tspcumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsponion powder
  • 1 tsp 1tspgarlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspblack pepper, about 6 grinds from a pepper mill
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchili powder
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspcayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupketchup
  • 2 tsp 2tspmolasses
  • 1 tsp 1tspsoy sauce or tamari soy sauce
  • 2 156 ml cans 2156 ml canstomato paste
  • 1 can 1candiced tomatoes
  • 1 package 1packagesimulated ground beef, equal to 1 lb cooked and drained extra lean ground beef, or 1 can black beans
  • 1 can 1canred kidney beanred kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can 1canwhite kidney beanwhite kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can 1canblack beanblack beans, just drained, do not rinse
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspnon-hydrogenated margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspunbleached white flour
  • 2 cups 2cupsfresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
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Honey Buttermilk Beer Buns
Note: Dough for the buns should be made and rising before chili is started.

1. Warm water in microwave, you should be able to comfortably place a finger in the water, (if the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and the dough will not rise) melt the honey into the water.

2. Add the yeast to the water and honey mix, let sit for about 5 minutes while you measure out the flour and milk. Pour the milk into the lemon juice, let sit till curdled. Once the yeast has puffed up and doubled in size(if that does not happen, start over with step one).

3. Add the flour, beer and milk mix. Knead by hand or with a stand mixture, until dough is smooth and elastic. If it's too dry, add a little water, If the dough becomes too wet, add a little flour until desired results happen.

4. Place dough in a big bowl or pot with a lid, or put a layer parchment paper, then a moist towel on top. Place in a warmed oven (set at lowest setting for 2 minutes, turn off when just warm) or dishwasher on "plate warmer" setting.

5. While dough is rising, make glaze by combining all the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl, set aside for later. (You should be making the chili between these steps.)

6. Let dough rise for 30-45 minutes or till doubled or tripled in size. Knead for 5 minutes by hand or by stand mixer. Grease (with a little canola oil) 9x9 pan, or a round glass pan. Divide dough into 10 somewhat even rounded balls. Place dough balls into pan, brush glaze on top of the buns.

7. If you are using the oven, warm it up using the same method as step 4. Place the buns into your warm place of choice.

8. In about 30 minutes dough will have doubled or tripled in size, take buns out of oven and preheat to 350°, brush the remaining glaze on the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

9. Bake until tops are crispy, and golden-brown.

Rich, Hearty Vegetarian Chocolate Stout Chili

1. Heat a big sauce pot (at least 6 quarts) on med-high heat, once the peppers and onions are chopped, add oil. Once oil becomes fluid and moves easily around pot when swirled, add peppers and onions. Keep moving frequently so they don't blacken or burn, once they become soft and golden (7-10 minutes) turn heat down to low and add grated or crushed garlic and chipotle peppers and stir well.

2. Add beer and coffee to the pot, scrape all the brown flavor buts at the bottom, let simmer (but do not boil) until liquid is reduced by half, about 2-3 minutes.

3. Add everything from the chocolate to the canned diced tomatoes and stir quickly and thoroughly so no clumps form. Stir well until all spices appear to be well blended and not clumpy.

4. Add the simulated beef and beans, stir well and place lid on top. Cook on low for 1 hour, stirring every 5-10 minutes to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom.

5. When the chili is thickened and brown (about 1 hour) and smells spicy and wonderful, combine the melted margarine or butter and flour in a separate bowl until smooth. While quickly stirring the chili, add the flour mixture and stir till smooth again.

6. Add the cilantro, stir then cover and cook for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for the flavors to deepen while waiting for the buns to finish cooking.

Garnish with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt, and a sprig of fresh cilantro.

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