With the title and all the positive reviews, I was worried this recipe was over-hyped. But after having made a big pot, I can say that this TRULY is The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World. I'm not a fan of meat substitute, so I omitted it and added an extra can of beans - 2 cans of pintos and 2 cans of black beans. Don't get me wrong, I love garbanzo beans...but it seemed sacrilegious to put them in chili. This is Texas, after all. Beyond that, I did everything else as written and it was heavenly - the same perfect flavor I remember from my meat-eating days. It's not a super hot chili, but it does have a building spice. I probably won't seed the jalapenos next time. Maybe I'll even sub one for a serrano pepper. Oh, and seriously, the meat substitute was totally unnecessary. In fact, my husband was surprised that the recipe even called for it.
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With the title and all the positive reviews, I was worried this recipe was over-hyped. But...