Veggie Chili Verde with Seitan Crumbles and Lager

Ground seitan (wheat gluten) gives this vegan chili its "meaty" texture. Add extra flavor to your chili bowl by topping with fresh cilantro, green onion, and cherry tomatoes.

dutch oven with Veggie Chili Verde with Seitan Crumbles and Lager and toppings on side
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 cups


  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon mild chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 2 15 ounce cans pinto and/or cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 11-12 ounce cans tomatillos, drained and cut up

  • 1 12 ounce bottle Mexican lager, such as Corona or Modelo

  • 1 ½ cup peeled and chopped sweet potato

  • 2 4 ounce cans diced green chile peppers, undrained

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

  • 1 8 ounce pkg. ground seitan (wheat gluten)*

  • Assorted toppers, such as sour cream, chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions, and/or chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. In a 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, zucchini, and garlic; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder and oregano; cook and stir 1 minute more.

  2. Stir in next six ingredients (through chipotle pepper). Bring to boiling. Stir in seitan; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, top servings with additional chili powder and assorted toppers.


If you can't find ground seitan, buy traditional seitan and grind it yourself. Place the seitan in a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until small crumbles form.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
5g Fat
38g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 837mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 8.3mg 42%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 620mg 13%
Folate, total 47.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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