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Jamaican Jerk Chili

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Servings: 4

Recipe By: Robin Robertson

From:  The Vegetarian Chili Cookbook
Used with permission of Robin Robertson

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Jamaican Jerk Chili

The heady intensity of Jamaican Jerk spices are readily absorbed by the tempeh, making this chili especially flavorful. Try to use tamari sauce rather than soy sauce: It is of higher quality and has a better flavor, and it is available in the international section of many supermarkets. Try this chili served over rice, with chutney and chopped peanuts as accompaniments.

3 tablespoons ground chiles
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground oregano, preferably Mexican
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 pound tempeh, crumbled
2 tablespoons oil
3 cloves garlic
1  medium onion, minced
8  fresh plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon tamari sauce
 salt, to taste
In a small bowl, combine the chiles, cinnamon, allspice, oregano, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, nutmeg, and corainder. Add the tempeh, and toss to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and add the tempeh pieces (reserving any remaining spice mixture) and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large chili pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the reserved tempeh and tomatoes, and stir to combine. Add the reserved spice mixture along with the water, rum, and tamari. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, add the salt, and simmer until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes. Serve over rice.

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