Hearty Mushroom Plant-Based Chili Recipe

 Hearty Mushroom Plant-Based Chili

Hearty Mushroom Plant-Based Chili Recipe

 Beans or no beans? Noodles or not? There’s an ongoing debate about which ingredients “belong” and “do not belong” in chili.

Good news for you and your hungry crew, you can easily settle the discussion with this fun build-your-own-bowl concept. The original recipe is found on


  •  Half of 1 lemon, juiced
  •  3 ¼ cups and 2 tablespoons vegetable broth, divided
  •  1 small red onion, diced
  •  8 portobello mushroom caps, diced
  •  3–4 cloves garlic, minced
  •  1 small habanero, seeded and chopped
  •  18 ounces organic diced tomatoes
  •  2 tablespoons organic light brown sugar
  •  1 tablespoon organic maple syrup
  •  ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  •  Two 15-ounce cans of organic kidney beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  •  1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  •  1 tablespoon organic cumin
  •  1 tablespoon dried oregano
  •  4 tablespoons chili powder
  •  2 teaspoons coriander powder
  •  ½–1 tablespoon miso (optional, for an umami flavor profile)
  •  Garnish and serve with: spaghetti, cornbread, tortilla chips, dairy-free cheese, dairy-free sour cream, green onions, parsley, or crispy onion straws


In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth. Set aside.

In a saucepot over medium-high heat, add the onions and mushrooms. Pour in the lemon juice/broth mixture as necessary to reduce sticking. Add a pinch of salt and sauté for around 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and pepper and continue cooking for 2 minutes.

In the same saucepot, stir in the tomatoes, brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, kidney beans, and remaining vegetable broth.

Add the cocoa, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and coriander. Stir until well combined. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

To prepare the DIY station, arrange all of your desired garnishes and accompaniments in bowls and surround them on a large board with dippers and scoopers.

We suggest spaghetti, cornbread, tortilla chips, dairy-free cheese, and sour cream, green onions, crispy onion straws, and parsley.


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