Best Vegetarian Chili

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated November/December 2012, America's Test Kitchen TV

The key to a great vegetarian chili is not finding a substitute for the meat. It’s finding substitutes for what the meat brings to the chili.

SERVES6 to 8

TIME4½ hours, plus 1 hour soaking and 20 minutes resting

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Vegetarian chilis are often little more than a mishmash of beans and vegetables. In order to create a chili—not a bean and vegetable stew—we’ve found replacements for the different ways in which meat adds depth and flavor to chili. Walnuts,...

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