Beyond Meat Chili. I am again venturing into the plant based meat space, because I am so very interested in alternative meat products that can make a dish feel and taste like it has meat in it. I think that this is crucial to encouraging dedicated meat eaters to try a plant based diet. I continually read about partners who want to try an alternative eating style, but can't convince their other half to even consider it. These products offer a compromise.
The first alternative meat recipe that I posted was the Beyond Sausage Sandwich. I honestly really liked the sausage. It definitely tasted like sausage, even though it wasn't exactly healthy. Beyond Meat products do have additives that I prefer that my food not have and I avoid them whenever possible.
I still feel like these products are a positive step toward creating and maintaining meat free diet and this is especially true in households that have several different diet preferences. It is hard to feed a vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, meat eater and junk food eater at the same table.
As you can see by the package, the manufacturers of Beyond Meat Beef advise that the product is gmo, soy and gluten free, contains 20 grams of protein and 250 calories per serving and is lower in fat than beef.
What Are Health Reasons To Try Beyond Meat Products?
Check out the American Heart Association, and their information about diseases related to meat consumption... heart disease, type 2 diabetes. stomach and bowel cancers and obesity.
For now, I am optimistic about the future of meat free products despite the additives as research continues to improve the products. According to nutritionists, meatless products are healthier than meat, despite being processed. Even if the sodium, fat and calories are the same, the other benefits to the environment and animals are significant.
Recipes Using Beyond Meat
I am going to prepare several traditional recipes that include meat, and substitute Beyond Meat Products. This is Beyond Meat Beef Chili; you can also check out Beyond Sausage Sandwich.
Ingredients For Beyond Meat Chili
Check the ingredient list to make sure that you have everything that you need for this recipe. You will need:
- Beyond Meat Beef
- Vegetable broth
- Sweet potato
- Black beans
- White beans
- Canned tomatoes
- Almond milk
- Olive oil
Steps For Preparing Beyond Meat Chili
As with all of my Instant Pot recipes, this recipe is very simple. Essentially, saute the "beef", onions and garlic in the Instant Pot. Add all remaining ingredients, pressure cook for 15 minutes, and done. Ready to serve.
Beyond Meat Chili
- Instant Pot
- 20 oz Beyond Meat Beef plant based protein
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 onion, minced
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 15 oz can white beans, drained
- 15 oz can black beans, drained
- 15 oz can, diced tomatoes
- 1 sweet potato, chopped
- 2 tablespoon fresh thyme
- Saute onion, garlic and beyond beef in olive oil in Instant Pot. (See notes for directions to cook on stove or in crock pot.
- Add remaining ingredients. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Release pressure naturally.
- To serve, top with fresh thyme.
Can this work with frozen beyond beef?
Sure! Just thaw the beef beforehand and cook to a minimum internal temperature of 145.
I discovered I am not a fan of beyond meat, especially how it smells. It is also really note too healthy. But, being vegan, I thought I would try something new. My biggest issue was that I felt there was too much liquid, so I might cut that down for next time. I also used diced tomatoes with chiles which is good if you want a bit of an extra kick but it was a bit too much for me (that is my fault). Other than that, the taste of this dish was pretty darn great! The flavors came together nicely and I definitely had seconds. Maybe a small can of tomato sauce would have tied it all together a bit more instead of it being more of a soup. Despite those minor issues I am looking forward to having leftovers!
Hi. My husband and I don’t like beans. Any ideas for substitutes? Thanks!
Chick peas would make a great alternative!
I love this recipe!!! I am making it for the second time tonight!! So good!
Thank you so much! I really like the Beyond Meat products in my recipes too.
Made this recipe last night on the instant pot and it was really good! Paired it with TJ’s Cornbread.
Good to hear, thank you. I am glad that you enjoyed it!
This recipe is delicious. I have tried numerous vegetarian chili recipes and this is the only one I truly enjoyed. I didn’t have beyond meat so used impossible meat. Delicious. The sweet potato was such a wonderful addition. I’ll be making this all the time.
So glad you liked it Lisa. I always wonder if others enjoy the recipes like my family does and I appreciate you letting me know. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring:)
Do you have to cook the beyond beef first for the crockpot version of this recipe?
That is a good question--no, I don't saute if cooking in the crock pot. I don't really find that saute changes the flavor at all in chili, so it is really optional in the instant pot or stove top as well.