Chili Beans in Vegetarian Gravy

Vegetarian Gravy, Delicious With Any Grain and Veggies

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This vegetarian gravy recipe can be made with any kind of bean. I used chili beans because I had some on hand in the freezer. Plus, chili beans are soft and make nice gravy.

This vegan bean based gravy recipe is delicious over any grain. We had it over Millet and Sweet Carrots and it would also be extremely tasty with quinoa or rice.

Total prep & cook time: 50 min

4 Servings

Nutrition Data Per Serving, 104 g: 119 cal, 17g carb, 3g fat, 145mg sodium, 4g fiber, 5g protein, low Saturated Fat & Cholesterol, good source Vit B6, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper. Estimated glycemic load 7


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chili beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 unsalted vegan bouillon cube
  • 1 - 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp gr. coriander
  • 1/2 tsp gr. ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Braggs liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro or basil
  • Optional: Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Optional: For a hot sauce, add 1/4 - 1/2 tsp chipotle or chili pepper with the spices
  • Optional: For a fat free recipe, omit the oil, and dry roast the spices
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  1. Blend 1/2 cup of the beans with 1 cup of the water and the vegan bouillon cube
  2. Heat the oil on med-low in a fry pan. Add the dry spices and heat for 2 minutes
  3. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat until the gravy is thickened.
  4. Adjust seasonings and serve sprinkled with the fresh herb

Recipe Tips:

Chili beans are an oval red bean a bit smaller than pinto beans, quite a bit smaller than kidney beans. They're also called red beans or small red beans. If you can't get them, you could certainly use pinto beans in this recipe.

I used a little oil to fry the spices, but they could be dry roasted, making this a fat-free recipe. Raw spices should always be heated to bring out the full flavor and nutrition.

If you'd like a hot sauce, just add some chipotle pepper to taste with the spices. Since children don't always like hot hot food, try serving hot sauce at the table for the grownups.

Serve With Chili Bean Vegetarian Gravy:

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