Black Bean Chili + Tempeh Sandwich


Looking for the perfect lunch? It’s waiting for you here. Try my go-to black bean chili with a delightful hummus & tempeh sandwich!


Black Bean Chili


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced (only add if you want lots of heat)
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced (I use frozen from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup corn (I use frozen)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp each
    • cumin
    • paprika
    • oregano
    • chili powder
  • 1 lemon / lime juiced
  • cilantro to serve

optional: add other veggies that you like – carrot, potato, celery, & broccoli all go great with it!


  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and stir & then add jalapeño.
  2. Once onions are soft and a little browned, add bell pepper, corn, diced tomatoes, all seasonings, quinoa, and broth – bring to a boil.
  3. Let simmer on medium low for 5 minutes.
  4. Add black beans and let cook for 8-10 more minutes, or until quinoa is fluffy with a little crunch.
  5. Mix in citrus juice & serve with cilantro,

Tempeh Sandwich


  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 1 tbsp hummus
  • 4″ x 2″ piece of tempeh – sliced in half so it is thin (like sandwich meat)
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 onion, julienned
  • 5-10 spinach leaves, whole
  • hot sauce

optional: add your favorite sandwich toppings, like pickles, lettuce, olives, banana peppers, vegan mayo substitute, etc.


  1. Spread hummus on both pieces of bread.
  2. Layer tempeh with other ingredients and drizzle with hot sauce.
  3. Optional: grill it in a pan w/ some oil or vegan butter!



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