This Easy Vegan Pumpkin Chipotle Chili is 1 pot, ready in 30 minutes, oil-free and meatless. It is so hearty with seasonal pumpkin for body and creaminess that is accented with spicy, smoky chipotle peppers.
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FOR THE CHILI
1/2cup (120g)water or low-sodium veggie broth
1 1/2cups (235g)finely diced white onion
6large garlic cloves, minced (16g or 1 1/2 tablespoons)
three 15ozcans of chili beans, drained & rinsed well (or 1 can each of black beans, pinto beans and kidney beans)
1 1/2cupstomato sauce/puree
3/4cup (175g)pumpkin puree
2-3teaspoonsminced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (I used 3 tsp, add as little or as much to desired heat level. Make sure to remove the seeds if you don't like super spicy)
If making the lemon cream sauce, you will need to make it the day before wanting to eat the chili, as it needs overnight to firm up in the fridge. Simply add all the ingredients to a power blender and blend until completely smooth. It is very runny after making it, but firms and thickens a lot in the fridge, similar to a sour cream consistency. I did not soak my cashews since I have a vitamix, but if you don't, you will need to soak your cashews overnight to soften, drain and rinse, then blend in a food processor as smooth as you can get it along with the other ingredients.
For the chili, add just the 1/2 cup water/broth to a pot with the onion and garlic over medium heat. Once it starts bubbling, let it cook 8 minutes until the onions are very soft and the liquid has evaporated.
Get your remaining spices and ingredients ready while the onions are cooking.
Add all of the remaining chili ingredients, plus 1 cup water/broth. Stir really well and bring back to a boil. Then turn to simmer and cook for 10-20 minutes until the chili is flavored through and has thickened. If needed, add up to 1/4 cup more broth if a thinner consistency is desired. Taste and add any more salt or chipotle if desired. I used 3 teaspoons and it was nice and spicy, but not overly so.
Serve with lemon cream and fresh cilantro, if desired. The cream really does go amazing with the smoky, spicy flavor!