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Engine 2’s Two-Alarm Chili

Austin Fire Department’s Engine 2, known in their hometown as “The Vegetarian Firefighters,” shares its adaptation of Wick Fowler’s award-wining Texas chili.

Serves 6

What you need:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 packages vegetarian “beef” crumbles
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • A few shakes of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons flour 
  • Water

What you do:

  1. Sautée onions and garlic in a heavy pot. Add vegetarian crumbles and cook a few more minutes.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients, except flour, and add enough water to cover ingredients plus 1/2 inch. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add enough water to the flour to make a thin paste, and add to pot.
  4. Stir until chili thickens.