Three-Bean Vegan Chili
By :Meals in a Jar Cookbook by Pamela Ellgen
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I have been making some version of this vegan chili for at least a decade since my friend Lynn shared it with me. What really makes it are the mushrooms—their earthy flavor and meaty texture really add another dimension to the chili. Although this recipe has far more ingredients than some of the other recipes in this book, the effect is beautiful in a glass jar and worth the trip to the store to gather each ingredient. Jar Size: 4 cups
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Dry ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried celery
  • 2 tablespoons dried carrots
  • 2 tablespoons diced dried mushrooms such as porcini or shiitake
  • 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dried black beans
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup great northern or cannellini beans
For cooking and serving
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or water
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Dry ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried celery
  • 2 tablespoons dried carrots
  • 2 tablespoons diced dried mushrooms such as porcini or shiitake
  • 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dried black beans
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup great northern or cannellini beans
For cooking and serving
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or water
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Instructions
Preparation:
  1. Layer the dry ingredients in the jar in the order listed.
To Cook:
  1. Place all of the jarred ingredients into the Instant Pot. Add 6 cups of vegetable broth or water. Stir to mix. Cover with the lid and ensure the vent is in the “Sealed” position. Pressure Coo or Manualk on High for 40 minutes. Allow the steam pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes, then release any remaining pressure manually.
Recipe Notes

Ingredient Tip: The three beans used in this chili cook at roughly the same rate. If you want to swap any of these beans for another, choose one that cooks in roughly the same amount of time, such as navy beans. If you use kidney beans, know that they cook more quickly, in about 15 to 20 minutes, so they may be slightly overdone and falling apart.

4 replies
  1. Melanie Adams
    Melanie Adams says:

    I have the same question as Barbara. If the jar is for storage, please say that. Also, if that’s the case shouldn’t all beans be dried?

    I suggest making minor changes the directions for clarity.

  2. Summer Solstice Girl
    Summer Solstice Girl says:

    I am confused. Like the others, i do not understand the ourpose of the jar.

    But also, the six cups of broth, do the go outside the jar? Or in the jar?

    You say, mix well. But if things are to be mixed well, why do the ingredients have to be placed in the jar in any particular order?

  3. Sonia
    Sonia says:

    Is “The Jar” for gift giving to someone with the ingredients & then they cook it at their leisure? Is this a gimmick to sell your book? I can see a novice putting that jar in a pressure cooker. What a disaster that could be. Your directions leave a lot to be desired & really are dangerous. But th e jars do look cute.

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