Mango Lime Tempeh Chili

Crockpot Mango Lime Tempeh Chili

How many different ways have you heard the word “tempeh” pronounced? Right when I think I’m saying it correctly someone says it differently and my mind is like “Wait… maybe that’s how you say it?!?!”. It’s amazing how many different ways there are to pronounce “tempeh” and I’m sure 99% of them are incorrect, yet we all know what the other is talking about.

I have a love/hate relationship with tempeh. I love it in certain things and hate it in others. I think the key is to steam or boil it first and make sure you have a really strong-tasting sauce. Yeah, no? I LOVE Isa’s Buffalo Tempeh recipe, that’s probably my favorite.

All I know is both of my kids ate this like it was the best thing ever and that makes this Mommy very happy. Ava (now 4) said “I like chili, chili is my favorite” when I served it to her!

Mom: 1 Kids: 0

Did I mention mealtimes are quite difficult these days? BOTH of my kids are SUPER picky all of a sudden. Super fun, yep. I wish I had a bright neon scoreboard hanging in the kitchen, maybe something with a loud bell. Every time I serve a meal I… wait for it… wait for it…

“DING DING DING!! WE’VE GOT A WINNER!!”

Needless to say it doesn’t always turn out that way. I’ve gotten really good at handling  rejection lately.

This is a pretty dish, at least if they reject it I can admire this colorful photo. This is what I thought to myself before serving it. :-)

Mango Lime Tempeh Chili

Mango Lime Tempeh Chili

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapenos, chopped (remove seeds for less heat or omit – I used half a jalapeño without seeds but I’m serving toddlers)
  • 3 cans petite fire roasted chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 dark beer
  • 1 4oz can green chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (I used ancho chili powder)
  • 3 1/2 blocks of tempeh (a hair under 2 lbs of tempeh) – I used the Westsoy brand 8zs each)
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups mango, pureed (I defrosted frozen mango then blended in my Vitamix)
  • 1/2-1 lime squeezed, to taste
  • chopped cilantro, to taste (optional)
  • Hot sauce – me likey Cholula

Instructions

  1. Steam your tempeh first – I cut the blocks in half and steam them for about 10 minutes.
  2.  Remove from steamer with tongs and add to food processor. Pulse in food processor until crumbly, set aside.
  3. In a large pot – water or broth sauté onions for a few minutes, add in garlic, red pepper and jalapeño. Saute a few more minutes or until soft.
  4. Add tempeh and all other ingredients EXCEPT salt, mango puree, lime, cilantro and hot sauce to the crockpot and stir well.
  5. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours, low for about 7-8 hours.
  6. Stir in mango puree, lime and salt. Taste and adjust lime and salt. Add in cilantro if you wish. Top with hot sauce and serve!
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  1. Novi Tarigan Reply

    Hi,, im Novita, it was nice to read your blog..

    Well we call it “tempe” in my country :D but no matter how we call it is.. i like it and hate it as well. haha, because why? almost every single day i ate it.., there are a lot of tempe produced here. else it’s very cheap and it contains protein high enough.. So inevitably, i love it!

    You had created it nicely, it’s inspired me to make it soon…, thanks!

  2. Novi Tarigan Reply

    Hi,, im Novita, it was nice to read your blog..

    Well we call it “tempe” in my country :D but no matter how we call it is.. i like it and hate it as well. haha, because why? almost every single day i ate it.., there are a lot of tempe produced here. else it’s very cheap and it contains protein high enough.. So inevitably, i love it!

    You had created it nicely, it’s inspired me to make it soon…, thanks anyway!!! :D

    • aprilcmast Reply

      I have a love/hate relationship with it too! Sometimes it’s just not good in certain dishes, that’s for sure! Hope you like this one, keep me posted!!

  3. sounds like I want to make it right now. Since we produced Betsy’s Tempeh in Mich. for 9 1/2 years back in the mid 80′s this is one appliance I never used; however, we just purchased a slow cooker the other day and when I get my hands on some fresh mangos I intend to try this. Meanwhile for all the tempeh lovers out there we set up our website showing our easy method for making tempeh at home. Feel free to write with any questions or comments. We recently filed a patent for a tempeh incubator that could be used in restaurants or small shops making artisan tempeh for the local community. The incubator will be on display at the big food show in Anaheim, CA at Expo West in early March. Stay in touch for future developments.
    betsy shipley