I love a thick hearty chili and I bet you do too. My Instant Pot caballero bean and soy curl chili is different from the traditional version and is closer to a vegan white chili. If you can’t get a hold of the seasonal heirloom caballero beans, use any dry white bean that you have in your pantry. I got mine in a past box of Rancho Gordo’s bean club. Get on the waiting list if you can, it’s fun to get cool heirloom beans 4 times a year.
What’s a Caballero Bean?
Caballero beans are a fancy heirloom varietal that you can get some times at Rancho Gordo. It’s a big fleshy bean that’s super creamy.
I like using heirloom beans because the textures and flavors are really amazing. They do cost more, but you can always use less inexpensive beans in their place.
What Beans Could I Use Instead?
Any white bean will work well, as long as you soak them before hand. My least favorite for this recipe would be navy beans but they will work too. Try cannellini beans first. I like them because they are larger and have a nice bite. Honestly, you could use kidney beans in a pinch!
What Are Soy Curls?
Soy curls are non-gmo soybeans that are cooked, smashed, then dried. They are not all over the country, so many of you will have to order them on Amazon like I do.
If you live in the pacific northwest, you may find them, because the company is based there.
Instant Pot Caballero Bean and Soy Curl Chili
You can make this with any white bean. I've made it with cannellini beans and in the photos, I used Rancho Gordo's Caballero Beans. The only difference is you made need to cook an extra 5 minutes if you're using old beans, because those take longer to cook.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil or water saute to make oil-free
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups dry soy curls
- 1 cup cannellini beans or other white bean, soaked overnight (there will be about 2 1/4 cups after they are soaked
BEFORE SERVING INGREDIENTS
- 1 10 oz can of diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro
- 1 4 oz can green chilies
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
Use the sauté setting over normal, or medium heat, and heat the oil or water. Saute the onion until they become transparent. Then add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and carrot. Sauté a minute more.
Add the water, soy curls, and soaked beans to your Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes and let the pressure release naturally. (Note: If your beans aren't completely cooked, go ahead and cook 5 minutes more on high pressure)
Puree the diced tomatoes and green chilies together in your blender.
Allow the pressure to release naturally. Stir in the blended mixtures, nutritional yeast, oregano, salt, and pepper, then serve.
- Leave out the soy curls and double the beans
- Use seitan, or vegan crumbles in place of the soy curls
- No carrots? Try sweet potatoes or butternut squash
- Use vegetable broth instead of water
More Recipes to Try
- Instant Pot Cabbage and Corn Soup with an Indo-Chinese Flair
- Instant Pot Tempeh Breakfast Bowl – Pot in Pot Method
- Instant Pot Vegan Pumpkin Spice Syrup Recipe