Cooking for the masses: vegan chili con chickpeas

Well, skydivers are hungry people. Very hungry people. Yesterday we had one of the first nice sunny evenings this year and I decided to cook for the crowd at the dropzone. A nice chili seemed to be a good idea, since the cooking effort is low and it basically cooks itself after being prepared.

I offered them to also cook a vegetarian version of it and tadaaaa, many chose this one. I’m actually not a veggie or living vegan and so are many of the club, but obviously a lot of us wants to reduce the meat consumption as far as possible.

So there we go, let’s get hot and spicy :-) In fact, it is my normal chili recipe, but I simply exchange the meat by cooked chickpeas in order to have a protein source in the meal. The amounts are more or less flexible, basically for 2-3 medium sized portions. Mix it as you want, I personally prefer a creamy, not too liquid chili. If you want to add carbs, almost every kind of bread suits perfectly. And guacamole and sour cream too.

  • 2 cans of cooked, pealed tomatos (pelati), incl. the juice
  • 1 can of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 can of cooked corn
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 can of cooked kidney beans (or other dark beans if you get them)
  • cumin, chili powder, hot dried chilis (shred up), salt, herbs if you wish (oregano, coriander, parsley…)
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil

Wash off the slimy liquid from the chickpeas and beans with cold water. This stuff produces the heavy tones and we don’t need that ;) Cut the onion and garlic into small pieces and fry it in the oil (don’t let it get too dark). Add the tomatoes (maybe you will also have to add some water later, if it gets too sticky). Add the corn, the peas and the beans. Cut the pepper in narrow stripes and add it too. Now you only have to season it as you wish and let it cook on low heat for approx. 1-1.5 hours. Be careful, the spices will get a lot more intense after cooking. The chili tastes best if it can rest a few hours or over night and then is heated up. That’s it folks – simple and healthy. And you cook more, it a can be frozen easily for days where you have no time for cooking. Hope you like it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: