The weather finally cooled off here in Texas, and, like a well-trained cook, I immediately started thinking about fall weather food. For me, that means food cooked in a soup pot—especially chili. I’ve been dreaming about a new recipe for the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-off, and tonight I tried it out.
I’m still firmly in the no-beans chili camp, but I wanted to try something other than bulgur this year. I’ve considered seitan before, but it’s cost prohibitive. In order to make sure that everything is vegan, you have to do all the cooking at the cook-off. That means, if you want to use seitan, you either make it there (and there’s not really enough time for that) or you buy a lot of pre-made seitan. And five gallons of seitan adds up.
But a recipe in Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food gave me hope. Alicia’s recipe for Wait-for-You Stew cooks the seitan right in the stew. Cheap and time efficient. I started with her measurements for gluten and liquid, and then changed everything else. It came out pretty well. The texture is perfect, and the broth was just right. But I need to work on the seasoning in the seitan a little.
Come by the Chili Cook-off in November to try out the final version!