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Easiest Ever Tofu Chili

With a fraction of the calories and fat content of poultry and meat, soy became a favorite food in the ’90s. This classic soy chili recipe comes from a 1996 issue of Better Nutrition.

*We added 1 Tbs. of olive oil to enhance the recipe, but you can also use cooking spray.

For more about this recipe: Better Nutrition in the 90s, Part 1


  • 2 packages firm tofu, frozen

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 cups tomatoes

  • 4 cups cooked kidney beans

  • 2 Tbs. chili powder

  • 1 tsp. vinegar

  • 1 tsp. sugar

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

  • Tabasco sauce to taste, optional


  1. Thaw tofu, and crumble into bits. Sauté onion and garlic in oil* until tender. Add tofu, and sauté another few minutes.
  2. In large pot, mix all ingredients, and simmer 1 hour, stirring frequently. Spoon into bowls and enjoy.