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 sometimes 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 beforehand. 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.
What Do Soy Curls Taste Like?
By themselves, they taste pretty bland. That’s why I often use sauce on them.
You can always reconstitute them with vegetable broth to add flavor too.
- 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
Want more Butler soy curl recipes?
Have I got some soy curl recipes for you! If you want to cook some Instant Pot soy curls try my Pad Thai with Soy Curls.
You need to try my Southern Style Air Fryer Soy Curls, even if you don’t have an air fryer, because you can cook them in your oven. They are my reader’s favorite. My guilt-free treat way to serve them is over whole-food plant-based mashed potatoes with oil-free gravy and some vinegary greens – yum!