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Vegan Habanero Chili

This hot, flavorful habanero chili is so tasty, even meat eaters will love it. It’s made with seitan, a vegan meat-alternative that crumbles just like ground beef, and absorbs the spicy flavors of the sauce. The recipe makes a whopping 10 servings, making it perfect for this week’s meal prep and several more dinners in the future, just freeze the remaining portions. If you find habanero too spicy, you can substitute with jalapeño or bell pepper.

Vegan Habanero Chili

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By: Team Beachbody
10 servings, about 1 cup each
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes


  • 2 lbs. seitan
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 habanero chile, seeded and deveined, chopped (use gloves to handle)
  • 1 tsp. ground chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground paprika
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt) (to taste; optional)
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, do not drain
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, do not drain
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped


  1. Place seitan in food processor; pulse until it has the consistency of ground beef. Set aside.

  2. Heat large skillet, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.

  3. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until transluscent.

  4. Add garlic, habanero, and seitan; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until seitan is golden brown.

  5. Add chili powder, paprika, salt (if desired), and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 additional minutes.

  6. Add black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture is heated through.

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