I saw an article about tempeh recently and vaguely remembered buying it once. In the drafts I found a post a year and half old of vegan ‘chili’ using tempeh. See the date on the pic from last year?
This is the vegan version of Tex-Mex chili con carne – a spicy stew made from chili peppers, meat (usually ground beef), garlic, onions, and cumin, often simply called ‘chili’.
Tempeh, or tempe in Javanese, is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. It is especially popular on the island of Java, where it is a staple source of protein. Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but tempeh is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins compared to tofu, as well as firmer texture and stronger flavor. Tofu, however, is thought to be more versatile in dishes. Because of its nutritional value, tempeh is used worldwide in vegetarian cuisine; some consider it to be a meat analogue. Even long before people found and realized its rich nutritional value, tempeh was referred to as “Javanese meat.” (Source)
I also found a very scary pic of the grated tempeh we used. I don’t remember much about this dish, but here are the notes from the draft:
“Pretty good. Recipe from PostpunkKitchen. Used red beans instead of pinto. Used homemade chili powder. Use only dark beer.”
The “3 Tbsps of chili powder” in the recipe refers to Mexican chili powder, which is a spice mix made of
Ancho chili powder
We probably used equal parts of each and replaced the ancho powder with cayenne, which is hotter.
Tempeh Chili con Frijoles is our entry for Low and Slow hosted by Giff and Lisl at The Constables’ Larder.
Ricki’s Sweet and Spicy Tempeh
Johanna’s Jarlsburg Tempeh Casserole
Suganya’s Jamaican Jerk Seasoned Tempeh Sandwich
Susan’s Golden Potato and Tempeh Casserole
Vaishali’s ‘Tempeh Crabcakes’
Vegan Yum-Yum’s Notso Buco