Cheesy Vegan Tempeh Slow Cooker Chili – No Pre-Cooking, High Protein, NO Cholesterol and Low Fat.


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I was in the break room at work when my friend Heather walked in.  I asked her what she was eating and she said chili – she and her partner have cut out meat from their diets so she said they substitute extra tomatoes and love the texture.

Hmmm…chili sounds REALLY good right now.

I confess – I don’t do much with my slow cooker so I was really excited about taking it out when I decided to do this high protein, low fat tempeh version.  Probably the main reason I don’t use it is because many recipes tell me to pre-cook many of the ingredients, so I end up dirtying not only the slow cooker but a pan anyway. No thanks!

With this method you just throw the ingredients in, set it and forget it.

I do use an immersion blender at the end to give this recipe a creamier texture – but it is not necessary if you like it chunky.   I left the Cayenne out so my 4 year old would be ok with eating it and she loved it – especially when topped with a little Daiya to make it cheesy.  Additionally, this is another great way to get in your Mila for my Mila lovers out there.

One cup goes a long way because this dish is so filling.  It is perfect for football games, a busy weeknight or any time you don’t want to turn on the stove or oven but want a hot meal.

Cheesy Vegan Tempeh Slow Cooker Chili

Serves 6 1-cup servings
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe


1 onion, chopped
2 cups cooked black beans
2 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp tamari
2 cups vegetable broth – salt free
1 8oz package tempeh

2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried minced onion
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Cajun seasoning mixture (with salt)

12 Tbsp non-dairy shredded cheese, such as Daiya**
Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)


1. Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray; add the onion through broth; chop the tempeh well and stir mixture.

2. Mix seasoning mixture in a small bowl; stir into slow cooker; cook on low for 6 hours.

3. Using an immersion blender, blend chili mixture until creamy texture is achieved. (This can also be done in batches in a standard blender.)

4. Top each serving with 2 Tbsp shredded cheese and some fresh chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 231.2
Total Fat 7.9 g
Saturated Fat 2.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 611.2 mg
Potassium 617.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.0 g
Dietary Fiber 7.5 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 14.3 g

Vitamin A 23.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.5 %
Vitamin B-6 12.4 %
Vitamin C 20.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.2 %
Calcium 8.7 %
Copper 21.1 %
Folate 24.9 %
Iron 16.2 %
Magnesium 19.7 %
Manganese 42.2 %
Niacin 8.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.7 %
Phosphorus 19.9 %
Riboflavin 11.6 %
Selenium 1.6 %
Thiamin 12.6 %
Zinc 8.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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