This satisfying and comforting Vegan Steak Chili is super easy to make and absolutely delicious. A hearty and gluten free one pot dish so full of amazing flavors, and brought to the next level with juicy Portobello stripes.
There were these times in my pre vegan days when I was craving a steak chili at a restaurant in my neighborhood. This was my dish and I was a kind of guy always up for hearty and filling comfort food.
During these times, I learned by asking the restaurant what is steak made of, how long to grill steak, how to cook filet mignon.
These are questions that don’t matter to me these days, obviously.
Yes, I’m not craving meat and dairy anymore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a delicious plant based replacement for that.
I don’t wanna sacrifice anything – I can have my favorite foods and flavors in an entirely vegan way.
You just need to be creative.
So here is my invitation and deal for you: Vegan Steak Chili which hits the spot for you.
It’s hearty, addictive, meaty, filling, shareable, great for potlucks, crowd pleasing, amazingly easy in one pot, fresh, victorious and a winner in and out for every chili lover.
What is vegan steak made of
There are many options available if you want to have a vegan steak. Often saitan is used, which is typically not gluten free. To make a gluten free version, one can try using beans, quinoa, spices and chickpea flour.
Another option of how to make a vegetarian steak is to use vegetables. If you tried my Vegan Philly Cheese Steak, you have seen how to use eggplant for that.
But today we are going to use something different: Portobello mushrooms.
How to clean Portobello mushrooms
This step is important. It’s all about how to prepare Portobello mushrooms so that you have the best enjoyable experience.
Start by cleaning the Portobello mushrooms. Wash them under water until they are clean.
You can use a soft brush if needed to remove more sticky dirt.
Next remove the stem. Grip it by the bottom, give it a twist and remove the stem from the mushroom.
Scrape away the gills. Use a spoon for that to make sure you get them all. If not, the taste will be bitter and it turns into something unappetizing that you really don’t want.
How to make Vegan Steak Chili
It couldn’t be any easier as it gets with this Vegan Steak Chili.
First heat a bit of vegetable broth or oil in a casserole. Add onions, prepared Portobello mushrooms, garlic, kidney beans, reserved liquid, and chopped tomatoes.
If you use the optional ingredients, also add bell pepper and corn, plus cumin.
Finally season with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Cook for around 15 minutes at medium heat.
Serve on plates on its own or with rice, quinoa, or bread.
This Vegan Steak Chili makes a great option for dinner, lunch or potlucks.
Sometimes I get the question about where to buy Portobello mushrooms. Nowadays, you can get them at almost every stores. Some shops also offer you to get them online.
Note that sometimes also the spelling Portabella mushrooms is used. Don’t be confused! It’s the same.
I made this Vegan Steak Chili recently for friends and everyone agreed it was an amazing chili recipe. Even the meat eaters didn’t miss any meat in it.
It must be the meaty and hearty texture from the mushrooms. A satisfying feeling to everyone.
No matter if vegetarian, vegan, or meat lover – this is the chili recipe which will satisfy for real.
Love seeing all your takes and recreations. Cheers, Florian.
- 4 portobello mushrooms, cleaned, gills remove, and cut into stripes
- 2 14 oz cans kidney beans (reserve 1/2 cup from the liquid)
- 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 14 oz cans chopped tomatoes
- 2 tsp chili powder
- salt, pepper to taste
- 1 cup bell pepper, diced
- 3/4 cup corn
- 2 tsp cumin
- First heat a bit of vegetable broth or oil in a casserole. Add onions, prepared Portobello mushrooms, garlic, kidney beans, reserved liquid, and chopped tomatoes.
- If you use the optional ingredients, also add bell pepper and corn, plus cumin.
- Finally season with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Cook for around 15 minutes at medium heat.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1.5 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 1.5gSaturated Fat: 0.25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0.25gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 704mgCarbohydrates: 91.5gFiber: 35.1gSugar: 6gProtein: 36g