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Let me tell you a little bit about this recipe.  A long time ago, about 8 years or so ago, my husband (who was then my boyfriend, soon to be fiance) decided he would make me a special Valentine’s dinner.  Admittedly I was a little nervous because the only thing I’d ever seen him cook before was something he could put in the microwave.  But, he had a few tricks up his sleeve.  Apparently he was a master at one dish; chili.  And when you think of Valentine’s day, don’t you think of chili? Well, I didn’t, at first…but, he made me the most delicious vegan chili I’d ever had; complete with rice and cornbread shaped life a heart.  And so, for the last 7 years, we have continued the tradition of a Vegan Chili Valentine’s Day.  It’s actually so sweet and I look forward to it every year.  Even our little boys get excited about it! And so, without further ado, here is my take on my hubby’s chili. Enjoy!

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Vegan Chili
1 small yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 14 oz can white beans, drained & rinsed

1 14 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 14 oz can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 packet vegan crumbles; browned
2 spicy Italian vegan sausage; diced & browned
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 packet chili seasoning (or use the recipe below*)
2-3 green onions, chopped
1/4 C vegan cheese, grated (optional)
vegan sour cream (optional)
avocado, diced (optional)
In a large pot, warm up a drizzle of oil on medium heat.  Add the onions with a generous dash of salt.  Toss in oil and let cook for about 2-3 minutes or until translucent.  Add the garlic (with another pinch of salt) and toss.  Cook for another minute or so until fragrant.  Add the beans, crushed tomatoes and chili seasoning. Stir well and bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer; add the crumbles and sausage and let cook for about 20 minutes.  The chili will be quite thick, but If you like your chili a little more liquidy, add 1/4c-1/2 C water to loosen it up.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.  Top with green onions, sour cream, cheese and a slice of avocado.  Enjoy!
P.S. If you like your chili a little sweeter, you can add 2-3 tablespoons of any of the following that you have on hand: maple syrup, agave, ketchup or cane sugar.
*Homemade Chili Seasoning
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp corriander