Miso Tempeh Chili (Vegan)

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Miso adds worlds of savory depth to this comforting, vegan chili. Loaded with probiotics to support gut-health, this plant-powered recipe will do the mind and body good. Miso Tempeh Chili (Vegan) | dishingouthealth.comIt is officially chili-making weather in Bama! With lows in the high 50’s and peaks in the upper 70’s, I’m craving all the warm, hearty soups this week.

This chili has seriously won me over in a fiercely delicious way. Not only is it incredibly simple to make (as are most chilis, I know), but the combination of umami-rich miso and tempeh will stimulate your taste buds beyond belief. It is, hands down, my favorite chili to date.Miso Tempeh Chili (Vegan) | dishingouthealth.comLet’s talk miso. Oh my love for thee. This savory, nutty paste is made from fermented soybeans and is loaded with gut-healthy probiotics and rich umami flavor. Its versatility makes it a lovely addition to soups, marinades, grains, and dressings.

To add to this probiotic powerhouse, we also incorporate a hearty dose of tempeh. If you’re not familiar with tempeh (aka tofu’s counterpart), it is basically fermented soybeans packed into cakes. Not only does tempeh have anti-inflammatory benefits, but it’s also a great source of plant-based protein, with 16 grams in just 3 ounces.

The whole soybean is used to make tempeh (making it less processed than tofu), and it has a slightly nutty, savory flavor. The fermentation process reduces the amount of phytic acid, a substance found in soy that interferes with  beneficial nutrient absorption.Miso Tempeh Chili (Vegan) | dishingouthealth.comThis chili is incredibly filling and satisfying with a whopping 12 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein per serving. I love topping it with sliced avocado for cool creaminess and a dollop of microgreens for a pop of freshness.

If you’re not taking the vegan route, a dollop of Greek yogurt or melted cheese is a heavenly addition, too.

Oh and a side of crusty sourdough bread or crackers for dunking. YESSS.Miso Tempeh Chili (Vegan) | dishingouthealth.comThis is the perfect meal to prepare over the weekend and bring for work or school lunches throughout the week. It reheats very well and maintains excellent texture. I’ve been eating it on repeat this week and already plan on making another batch ASAP.

Hearty, nutritious comfort food at its FINEST, y’all! You absolutely must give this chili a try.Miso Tempeh Chili (Vegan) | dishingouthealth.com

5 from 3 votes

Miso Tempeh Chili (Vegan)

Miso adds worlds of savory depth to this comforting, vegan chili. Loaded with probiotics to support gut-health, this plant-powered recipe will do the mind and body good.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces tempeh diced
  • 3 tbsp white miso shiro miso
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 16 ounces vegetable broth
  • 2 15.5 oz. cans unsalted cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.5 oz. can unsalted pinto beans, drained and rinsed
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  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, cook 2-3 minutes, or until tender. Add garlic and tempeh; cook 2-3 minutes, until tempeh is golden and garlic is aromatic. Stir in white miso paste until dissolved. Add chili powder, cumin and ginger; stir to combine.
  • Pour in vegetable broth and beans. Stir to combine. Cook on medium-low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve.


Miso frequently, though not always, contains grains. Check the label for gluten-containing grains like barley (mugi ortsubu in Japanese), wheat (tsubu), or rye (hadakamugi). Rice (kome or genmai), buckwheat (sobamugi), and millet (kibi) are gluten-free.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 520mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 3g

I calculate these values by hand to ensure accuracy, however expect up to a 10% variable depending on food brands.

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  1. Steve Michaels says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my wife’s favorites. She eats vegetarian most of the time so I’m always looking for healthy recipes. I’ve made this several times this winter and followed the recipe pretty much to a t. I use some hot sauce in mine with some avocado and cilantro and I don’t miss the meat at all. Too bad warmer weather is here and will have to put this on the shelf until the fall.

    And oh by the way. It’s super easy to make.

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      Hi Steve! Thank you so much for leaving your positive feedback. I’m thrilled that both you and your wife have enjoyed this recipe. I’m also pretty bummed that chili season is coming to a close. Cheers!

  2. Tracey says:

    I REALLY like this!!! It came out PERFECT! It tastes good plain, but it’s chili and I have to have cheese and sour cream on chili so I topped with Daiya shredded cheese and Tofutti sour cream. I’ve been looking for something different to make the tempeh and this one is by far the best!! Never used miso before, I don’t mind trying new things….. I most definitely will be making this again and again!! Thank you for sharing.

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      Hi Tracey! I’m so thrilled to hear that!! Love the idea of adding Daiya and Tofutti on top — I need to try that next time. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Laurel says:

    CANNOT wait to try this one! It looks so hearty, warm, and comforting. Fall food at its finest!

  4. Nazima says:

    Looks delicious! I have never tried miso or tempeh so this looks like a fantastic opportunity for me to try both!

  5. Katie Cavuto says:

    5 stars
    Just looking at this is warming my belly – mmmm 🙂

  6. Shahzadi Devje says:

    Looks delish and hearty! I want some!!

  7. Amy says:

    So many flavors I love in one dish!

  8. Michelle Jaelin RD says:

    Beautiful food photography! And that looks delicious! What a good recipe for fall 🙂

  9. Emily Holdorf says:

    5 stars
    Your pictures look so yummy & cozy (if food can look cozy lol)! This recipe sounds so warm & filling. Nice post!